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My Pizza Stone Tastes Funny and How to Wash It

I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

What Goes on Sale and What to Buy on Clearance in January

 While many people take a spending break at the beginning of the New Year, there are some items that only go on sale in January that can help you with your New Year’s Resolution of saving money, getting in shape, or eating better.

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Especially when it comes to food. You can save money on fresh food and vegetables in January if you buy them during their national growing season if  nothing is growing locally during the winter.

You can save even more money on January seasonal items by pairing it with a coupon from my printable coupon database (affiliate link.)

Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables on Sale in January


Seasonal Produce - broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collard greens, kale, avocado,
cabbage, spinach

Seasonal Fruit: oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, clementines, pears, kiwi, apples   

Oatmeal - due to National Oatmeal Month

Healthy food promotions (whole grains, etc.) - due to New Year’s Resolutions

Football bowl game/Super Bowl based deals: party and snack foods, soft drinks, chips, dips, crackers, snacks, sandwich ingredients, etc.

Tea – due to Hot Tea Month

Coffee

Hot chocolate

Soup, stew, chili and ingredients – due to National Soup Month

Winter health care products: cold & flu medicines, pain relievers, vitamins, etc.


Household Goods on Sale in January



Christmas clearance - gift wrap, decorations, gift items, calendars, candles, party supplies

Winter clothes

TVs – especially after Christmas sales and deals on buy and returns after the Super Bowl (really.)

Digital cameras

Makeup and cosmetics

Beachwear

Sun care products – Check the expiration dates because this might be last summer’s stock

Gym memberships – due to New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise clothes and gear – due to New Year’s Resolutions

Sheets, towels, and bedding – due to the traditional January White Sales

Housewares

Organization and storage products

Cleaning Products

Furniture

Sewing Machines

New Product Lines- January is usually when many new products are launched, especially hair color products, cosmetics, beauty and bath products

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