As part of my “Make Do and Mend” philosophy, I try very hard not jump straight to purchasing something as the solution for every problem. Often a bit of thought and ingenuity can fix the issue without spending a cent.
Here’s a super simple (and FREE) solution to recurring issue at my house–pots without lids. Sure, I could purchase a lid to fit various lidless pots, but that’s inconvenient (usually when you want a lid you want it NOW), costs money, and gives you one more thing to store (and pot lids are the WORST to store).
Several of my pots and pans don’t have lids. Some of them, like my collection of cast iron cookware, just never came with a lid (and honestly, even if they did it may have been lost years ago–with the exception of my dutch ovens, all my cast iron has been purchased used at antique stores, thrift stores or garage sales). Occasionally there is a pot or pan whose lid got broken, or perhaps lost in a move.
That’s ok–you probably have a fix already in your kitchen! Just reach into your cupboard and pull out a cookie sheet. That’s right–a cookie sheet. It’s usually pretty wide (and if it doesn’t completely cover your large stock pot or fry pan it probably isn’t much of an issue–most of the heat stays inside) and it very heat resistant. Just place it on top of your pot or pan. Viola, instant lid.
It may look a little goofy, but it works.
I frequently use this fix with my frying pan, when I just need a little more heat to stay in to melt something (like cheese on top of scrambled eggs) or to cook a thicker item all the way through (like the blue cheese stuffed burgers in the photo above). My cookie sheets are kept in a cabinet right near the oven, so I don’t even have to move away from the stove when I decide I need to use one.
Hope this “Make it Do” gives you some ideas to use in your own quest to “Make Do and Mend”