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Aug 27, 2011 02:25 PM

Eating at Home - Dishwashing Chores

The price you pay - this is typical of what I wash-by-hand. No getting 'round it.

Ok, I see here:
3 baking pans
1 food processor
1 vitamix with lid and stomper
3 precious glasses
1 salad spinner
1 oxo prep bowl
1 silicone rolling pin
perhaps a knife or two?
Plastic funnel

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  1. other than the special glasses and super nice knives, the rest would go in the dishwasher at my house

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    1. re: LaLa

      One load or two? :-))

      Silicone rolling pin, it's a no-no
      Vitamix bottom - it's a no, no.
      Upper spinner - it's a no, no - could the bottom take a sanitizer load?
      cuisinart blade - it's a no, no
      a knife or two - it's a no, no
      big baking sheets - perhaps, but I don't think I can get a big sheet in my (a regular) dishwasher
      perhaps the oxo prep bowl - it coudn't stand the sanitizing cycle, I don't think, but maybe
      Food processor top and bottom - yes it could go.

        1. re: Rella

          Non-aluminim baking sheets can go in the dishwasher, if they fit. Aluminim ones will be damaged by the detergent.

          I'd hand wash everything on your list Rella.

      1. Sounds about right, what did you cook? I like the, I will cook, you do the dishes method.

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        1. re: JEN10

          I like the idea of that method, and it is what my parents do, but in practice it doesn't work for me. In practice it barely works for them either-if I visit for four nights, there are probably six, um...spirited discussions...about where something my mom cooks with has been put away, or why this lid or that container got tossed into the recycling. I just prefer to clean up myself, because I know where everything is and things I want handwashed always are.

          That being said, I handwash much less than the OP. My salad spinner goes in, and so do my food processor, all prep bowls (including plastic), and all but the very biggest baking pan. Never had a problem with any of them. The only things I wash by hand are my cast irons, most knives, and anything too big to fit. And my grandma's antique glasses, but I don't use those frequently.

          1. re: ErnieD

            my list is the same as yours :)

        2. Everything by dishwasher. No double sink or spray nozzle either which is kind of a pain but we're just used to it by now.

          1. If I am doing both the cooking and the washing I always wash as I go so that when the cooking is done the only stuff left that does not go into the dishwasher are the pans on the stove or in the oven.

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            1. re: John E.

              I took this picture because I had been "washing as I go" and even with DH helping cooking, this was still the stuff that I had left over that I couldn't get to working as fast as a house devil!
              The pots and pans are not in this picture because they are the ones that are taken care of long after dinner and DH always washes the pots and pans; they hardly ever go into a dishwasher. Mainly because I fill a dishwasher once a day at least, and pots and pans take up enough space making at least two loads a day.

              He doesn't 'do' the baking pans, the reason I've included them here.

              I wonder how many people who have dishwashers do actually use (if they have one) a sanitizer cycle. I know, I know, it's fool-hearty :-)

              1. re: Rella

                In our house pots and pans never go into the dishwasher. It goes without saying (oops) that knives never go in the dishwasher. Until recently, I did not put larger bowls, colander, etc. In the dishwasher. I have recently begun doing so. At least you contained the dirty dishes on the sheet pan. It drives me nuts when people put dirty dishes into the sink instead of the dishwasher. "Put the dirty dishes into the dishwasher and either wash the pots and pabs or leave them on the stove". I guess the reason it bugs me is that people think they are "helping" by putting a pan in the sink. If you wish to help, wash the da*m thing.

                The last two winters I've spent some time in Arizona without a dishwasher, just a regular two-sided SS sink with a drying rack on the right. If the dishes dried off by themselves that fast (10 minutes or less) in Minnesota I'd be tempted to go without a dishwasher once the family size reduces back down to two ; )

                1. re: John E.

                  I'm certainly with you on not putting pots and pans in the sink to soak.

                  It's really a work-in-progress to get the dirty dishes into the dishwasher FAST enough. Now, this is not for everyone -- a tip coming on - look out! I actually drop dirty dishes in a gray bussing tub which I keep above the dishwasher. If needed, the dirty dishes are scraped or rinsed down before putting them into the tub. For me they load much faster that way.

                  I've tried occasionally between dishwasher installations to consider not using a dishwasher -- oh, the time consumed leaning over the sink is not for this eldster/oldster.

                  1. re: Rella

                    If your dishes need more than scraping, then you need a new dishwasher.

                    1. re: John E.

                      This is certainly sound advice. I went through several dishwashers until I bought the one I use now. Oh, the problems I had!

            2. oh the joys of having the dilemma: to load or not to load...
              wish I had a dishwasher...
              or a sink bigger than 10"x10" with a faucet more than 6" away from the bottom of the sink...

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              1. re: kerosundae

                Ha, I'm with you! Like I said, I'm used to it but the night I decided to have a tapas party still haunts me...dirty dishes for days.