The Stainless Steel Rat - Wikipedia
The Stainless Steel Rat - WikipediaJames Bolivar diGriz goes by many aliases, including "Slippery Jim" and "The Stainless Steel Rat". He is a futuristic con man, thief, and all-round rascal. He is charming and quick-witted. He is also a master of disguise and martial arts, an accomplished bank robber, a criminal mastermind, an expert on breaking and entering, and (perhaps most usefully) a skilled liar. Master of self-rationalization, the Rat frequently justifies his crimes by arguing that he is providing society with entertainment; and besides which, he only steals from institutions that have insurance coverage. He displays a strong sense of morality, albeit in a much more restricted sense than is traditional. For example, diGriz will steal without compunction, but deplores killing.â â â â â âIs 440 Stainless steel good for a knife?Unless its a sword.Stainless steel shouldnt be a problem.In fact most kitchen knives are stainless steel and they go through a lot of wear and tearâ â â â â âStainless Steele kitchen countertops????? or what??????????????????????????id say this, combine the two as much as possible. i like the look of stainless, and some nice stone flooring to offset it would be awesome. as far as your countertops, i would go with a nice subdued color to off set the shiney of the stainless.â â â â â âA Stainless Steel Rat is BornA Stainless Steel Rat is Born is a novel by Harry Harrison published in 1985â â â â â âHow to clean a stainless steel skilletCompared to the litany of literature and old wive's tales we've all heard about how to clean cast iron pans, relatively little attention is paid to the care and cleaning of stainless steel skillets. The process is definitely less fussy error-prone - you can use as much dish soap as you would like, for starters - but it is not always going to be as easy as scrubbing it in the sink or tossing it into the dishwasher. How to clean basic messes from your stainless steel skillet The most important thing to remember about cleaning a stainless steel skillet is to at least start the process before the pan has fully cooled after cooking. Stuck-on food and leftover oil becomes much harder to remove after it's fully set, so yes, you will need to do your dishes right after dinner. I know, I know. do not blame the messenger. First, you will want to get rid of anything loose on the pan. Use a spatula to scrape any loose food bits into your trash can, and use a paper towel to wipe off any excess oil, being careful to not burn yourself. If there's still quite a bit of grime left in the pan at this point, you will make your life easier by quickly boiling a little bit of water in the pan to deglaze it, while using a spatula to loosen up some of those tougher stains. Once it's cooled enough to touch, move over to your sink, get some warm water and some Dawn blue dish soap in there, and start scrubbing. I love these Dobie pads, which work just like sponges, but have rough exteriors that can scour away messes without leaving scratches (though scratches are not the end of the world when it comes to stainless steel pans). If you need a little more elbow grease, a long-handled scrub brush like this one can help give you a bit of extra leverage. Of course, if you scorch the pan, let food sit in there for too long, or just plain cook the wrong thing, your mess might not be as straightforward to clean up. But fear not: a stainless steel pan can almost always be brought back to pristine condition with the right tools and enough patience. Here are a few techniques you can try, roughly in order, for cleaning up really stubborn messes on your pan: â¢ Sprinkle in an abrasive cleaner like Bar Keepers Friend, add a little water to create a paste, and scrub in a circular motion with your Dobie pad or scrub brush. The oxalic acid in the cleaner works to break the chemical bonds between your stains and the pan they've adhered to, and can leave your pan looking brand new (seriously, this stuff is incredible). Just be sure to rinse and clean your pan with soap once you are done. â¢ If that did not work, try squeezing a lime into your pan, add a bit of salt, and let it sit. After a few minutes, add some more salt and start scrubbing. The acid in the lime juice will help break down stains, and the salt will act as an abrasive to make them easier to remove. â¢ Still not done? Create a solution of roughly five parts water to one part vinegar, and bring it to a boil in your dirty pan on the stove. After a few minutes, take it off the heat, and scrub as soon as it's cool enough to handle. Just do not run the skillet under cold water immediately, or you could warp it. â¢ If all else fails, it's time for the nuclear option, as suggested by Wirecutter. Find a stock pot big enough to hold your pan, fill it most of the way with water plus Â¼-Â½ cup of baking soda, and bring it to a boil. Dial the heat down to a simmer, and submerge your skillet in the bath for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure that all sides get plenty of time under water. After half an hour, take it out, and scrub (possibly with the help of some Bar Keepers Friend) as soon as it's cool enough to handle. Stainless steel's greatest virtue is that it's really the only skillet material that you can safely throw in the dishwasher. Yes, steel pans are awkwardly shaped and take up a ton of space, and no matter what those dishwasher tab commercials tell you, results will never match up to hand scrubbing - but for a lightly soiled skillet, I do not need to tell you that throwing it in the bottom of your dishwasher is always going to be the easiest cleaning option. Follow these instructions, and with a little luck you will have an excellent piece of cookware that, much like its more famous cousin cast iron, can last a lifetime.