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cheesemaestro Nov 12, 2009 06:35 AM

I used my food processor to puree something that had turmeric in it. Now the white plastic knob attached to the processor blade is bright yellow. What's the best way to get this stain out?

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  1. Gio Nov 12, 2009 06:44 AM

    That happened to me too the last week of the Indian COTM. I just thought I'd leave it and assumed that with time it would lessen. It's on my mini-processor so probably not as noticable as it would be on a larger model. I'll be making pesto either tonight or tomorrow.. I'll be interested to see if my theory works. I'll certrainly revisit your thread, tho, to see what others have to say. FWIW the stain won't affect the flavor of whatever is chopped next.

    1. JungMann Nov 12, 2009 10:50 AM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352661

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        alkapal Nov 18, 2009 05:49 AM

        that's what i thought of, too. good you could find that thread, jm.

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        dmd_kc Nov 13, 2009 12:41 PM

        I've found that my white immersion blender's stains simply fade on their own over time. I used to worry about it, but now I take the approach that it's a tool, and tools get used.

        1. MsDiPesto Nov 13, 2009 07:55 PM

          No guarantees, but for this sort of stain on plastic thing, I discovered that a paper towel soaked with hydrogen peroxide, wrapped around the piece and left to completely dry out during the day (only do this on a surface that doesn't react to the hydrogen peroxide), and repeated as necessary (might take quite a few tries in my experience) works.

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            Kagey Nov 14, 2009 08:35 AM

            Like others, I find the stain fades over time with normal use and washing. Turmeric is the worst staining ingredient I've ever seen. I can live with the stain on my processor or plastic containers or cutting board, but would never wear anything I'm not prepared to have stained yellow while cooking with the stuff. Keep that in mind when using turmeric in the future!

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              taos Nov 15, 2009 04:46 AM

              A paste of oxi-clean and water worked for removing tumeric from my white plastic cutting board so it might work on your plastic knobs as well. Let it sit for about an hour

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              RGC1982 Nov 15, 2009 04:31 PM

              Oxy clean. Use the laundry stuff and make a paste. That usually removes this kind of tough food stain.

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                cheesemaestro Nov 16, 2009 06:24 AM

                Thanks, taos and RGC1982. I'm going to try Oxi Clean first. If that doesn't do the job, perhaps the stain will fade over time, as others have suggested.

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                cgj Nov 16, 2009 08:27 AM

                I removed it from a countertop with a steel wool soap pad this weekend.

                1. divya Nov 17, 2009 04:44 PM

                  dear friend
                  pls. try white vinegar
                  or baking soda to scrub or borax

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                    cheesemaestro Nov 17, 2009 05:52 PM

                    Thanks! These may be the best/gentlest ways to start out, with the Oxi Clean treatment a second like of attack if the stain isn't completely removed.

                  2. alkapal Nov 18, 2009 05:50 AM

                    on the bright side, turmeric (or curcumin) is now a superfood for health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curcumin

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                      LEsherick2008 Jan 15, 2010 08:52 AM

                      What about tomato and chili stains on plastic ziploc containers. I scrub and scrub but it does not go away. I end up tossing some of them I hate the look of the stain.

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                        Rasam Jan 15, 2010 09:07 AM

                        LEsherick2008:
                        You could use the same remedies suggested above for turmeric. But, instead of tossing (or I hope you meant recycling) the plastic, just live with it. It's only a cosmetic issue, doesn't affect the functionality of those containers. Those containers aren't designed as objects of great beauty anyway .....

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                          Gail Jan 15, 2010 12:05 PM

                          I read moons ago, to spray plastic containers with Pam before putting spaghetti sauce or any tomato based food in them. It works but, alas, I often forget.

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                            divya Jan 16, 2010 07:26 AM

                            dear friend
                            read my post above and follow the suggestions
                            why: i cook Thai/Singapore/Indian 6 days a week, and take lunch of it in plastic containers,
                            none of my containers have chilli/tomato/tumeric stains or the flavour
                            ( i am picky)

                            good luck

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