Cleaning cast iron, cover crops, vinegar uses, apple cider bread

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Monday, September 30, 2019

rain on autumn leaves

'Tis all a myth that Autumn grieves,
For, watch the rain among the leaves;
With silver fingers dimly seen
It makes each leaf a tambourine.

–Samuel Minturn Peck (1854–1938)

Monday, September 30, 2019
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Cleaning Cast Iron

How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to generation. Here’s how to clean and season a cast iron skillet to keep it in the best possible condition.


Rent a Cow (cheddar cheese)

Each lessee will receive three 8 ounce wheels of farmstead cheddar cheese. Fun, informative progress reports describe how the cheese is made and give the latest “moos” from the herd. Help support America’s family farms!

Apple Cider Bread

Apple Cider Bread or Muffins

Moist and tart, Apple Cider Bread can be made as muffins, too.



Surgeon Reveals How To Grow Back Thinning Brows

According to Dr. John Layke , thinning brows are one of the most noticeable signs of aging. “Thinning brows can actually age your appearance even more than wrinkles,” he revealed. This is a problem you can easily solve at home.

Cover Crops Improve Soil

Planting Cover Crops in the Home Garden
Plant cover crops in the fall to protect and nourish your soil by spring! Also called “green manure,” it’s easy to scatter the seeds. Cover crops work for any size garden—from a small raised bed to a small farm. Here’s advice and our charts on cover crops by region for the United States and Canada.
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Make a Terrarium

How to Make a Terrarium | Gardens Under Glass
Why not try your hand at creating a terrarium, a miniature garden under glass? Anyone can have a terrarium! They’re great for decorating your house, apartment, or even office—and bring joy all winter long!
Bold Kitchen Aprons

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA! There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.

Many Uses of Vinegar

The Many Household Uses for Vinegar
Here are some of the many household uses for white vinegar—from cleaning to stain treatment to relieving insect bites. Vinegar is a “wonder” product. Discover its common and surprising uses!
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