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Survey: Do you wash your cookware right before cooking?

Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 12:36 PM

No, I don't mean "do you wash your cookware after using it?" For cookware which I use regularly, I don't wash them before using them. However, for cookware which I have washed, stored for a week or longer, I often rinse the again before cooking -- despite that they were washed thoroughly.

So, do you wash your cookware right before using them?

1) No, it was washed and it is clean. No need to wash again.
2) Kind of, I do a quick wash/rinse.
3) Yes, I do a thorough wash

Thanks.

  1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 22, 2013 01:23 AM

    Thanks. Again, please correct me if I put you in the wrong category.

    69% responders do not rewash an already washed cookware
    28% responders rinse or light wash before using their cookware again
    3% responders thoroughly wash the cookware

    512window 1
    autumm 1
    cayjohan 2
    Chemicalkinetics 1 and 2
    escondido123 1 and 2
    EWflash 1
    filtered 1 and 2
    firecooked 1
    Firegoat 1 and 2
    foiegras 1
    grampart 1
    iLDivo 1
    INDIANRIVERFL 1
    janniecooks 1
    JavaBean 1 and 2
    jen kalb 1
    Jeri L 2
    John Francis 1
    JonParker 1
    KarvenDW 1
    klyeoh 2
    Kontxesi 1 and 2
    mcf 1
    pamf 1 and 2
    pinehurst 1
    rasputina 1
    ratgirlagogo 3
    Srrith 2
    suetmo 1
    tcamp 1
    tim irvine 2
    ursroll 2
    Veggo 1
    wabi 1

     
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      filtered Aug 20, 2013 09:50 AM

      #1. i put mine on its own shelf in a cupboad, with the lid on.

      Those Enclume ceiling hanging racks look cool, if i had one of those, i'd #2

      1. i
        INDIANRIVERFL Aug 20, 2013 08:03 AM

        Only if it looks like something has been living there since the last use.

        1. pinehurst Aug 20, 2013 07:59 AM

          1

          1. j
            JavaBean Aug 20, 2013 05:43 AM

            1 or 2 if it's been sitting around for awhile.

            1. j
              janniecooks Aug 20, 2013 01:20 AM

              Only when I'm cooking at the home of any of my in-laws.

              1. f
                foiegras Aug 19, 2013 08:07 PM

                Nooo. I don't use open shelving for cookware. I did this tonight, but only because I hadn't had a chance to run the dishwasher & I wanted to use a skillet that hadn't been washed :P

                If I felt that things stored in my cabinets weren't clean, I would scrub down the cabinets, and then rewash the contents ... and then I'd be good.

                1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 07:47 PM

                  The trend is starting to break toward "1". Again, please feel free to let me know if you have been assigned the wrong category. Thanks.

                  512window 1
                  autumm 1
                  cayjohan 2
                  Chemicalkinetics 1 and 2
                  escondido123 1 and 2
                  EWflash 1
                  firecooked 1
                  Firegoat 1 and 2
                  grampart 1
                  iLDivo 1
                  jen kalb 1
                  Jeri L 2
                  John Francis 1
                  JonParker 1
                  KarvenDW 1
                  klyeoh 2
                  Kontxesi 1 and 2
                  pamf 1 and 2
                  rasputina 1
                  ratgirlagogo 3
                  Srrith 2
                  suetmo 1
                  tcamp 1
                  tim irvine 2
                  ursroll 2
                  Veggo 1
                  wabi 1

                   
                  5 Replies
                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    mcf Aug 20, 2013 06:34 AM

                    Omitted moi. :-(

                    1. re: mcf
                      Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 07:45 AM

                      Sorry. :) I don't mean to. When I tabulate, I usually just look at the direct responses and miss the others. I will put you down as "1"

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                        mcf Aug 20, 2013 07:54 AM

                        :-)

                    2. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                      pine time Aug 22, 2013 08:17 AM

                      Oops--one more "1." Mine appears to have fallen off the pie chart.

                      1. re: pine time
                        Chemicalkinetics Aug 22, 2013 09:00 AM

                        Sorry, I will update soon. Thanks.

                    3. Firegoat Aug 19, 2013 07:48 AM

                      If it is something I haven't used in a while I am definitely a 2. I live in a pet household and always possibility of dust, hair or dander settling somewhere. It's usually just a quick dash in the sink and dry off or a swipe with a moist paper towel.

                      1. Veggo Aug 19, 2013 07:39 AM

                        1. No. I'm a bachelor. Once is enough.

                        1. r
                          rasputina Aug 19, 2013 07:28 AM

                          1

                          The only time I wash before cooking is if it got dirty somehow in storage. I do have some cookware stored on open shelves.

                          1. k
                            Kontxesi Aug 19, 2013 06:21 AM

                            1, generally. If it was stored in the open, it likely has dog hair on/in it, so I'll give it a quick wipe or rinse, but that's about it.

                            So 1 and 2 I guess.

                            1. KarenDW Aug 18, 2013 11:16 PM

                              1, unless there are obvious debris or dust. i.e., the KitchenAid sits uncovered for weeks at a time. I wash all parts before using. (yes, it's a nuisance).

                              1. iL Divo Aug 18, 2013 11:03 PM

                                1

                                1. firecooked Aug 18, 2013 09:30 PM

                                  1, unless there's obvious dust or bugs.

                                  Note to self... Never get a pot rack.

                                  6 Replies
                                  1. re: firecooked
                                    Chemicalkinetics Aug 18, 2013 09:52 PM

                                    What's wrong with pot rack?

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                      firecooked Aug 19, 2013 12:36 PM

                                      The number of responses of people that need to wash pots that have been on the pot rack!

                                      1. re: firecooked
                                        Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 01:26 PM

                                        Don't let others influence you.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                          firecooked Aug 19, 2013 06:51 PM

                                          Says she who re-washes if its been more than a week since it was washed....

                                          1. re: firecooked
                                            Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 07:01 PM

                                            I am a "he" if you were talking about me, and I do so not because of what others said.

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                              firecooked Aug 23, 2013 02:58 PM

                                              Apologies!!

                                  2. tcamp Aug 18, 2013 06:04 PM

                                    1, unless I spy a bug, dog hair, or dirt.

                                    1. r
                                      ratgirlagogo Aug 18, 2013 04:30 PM

                                      Yes, I do, as I have always had many pets. Some I didn't actually know I had. Always at least #2 and usually #3.

                                      1. 512window Aug 18, 2013 01:26 PM

                                        No.

                                        I do check for bugs.

                                        1. w
                                          wabi Aug 18, 2013 09:40 AM

                                          I dont wash it unless there is visible residue.

                                          Put me down as #1

                                          1. s
                                            sueatmo Aug 17, 2013 10:47 PM

                                            I don't normally wash my cookware if it has been stored properly. The exception is if Mr. Sueatmo who has cleanup detail has put the pan away slightly not pristine. In that case I clean it up. So, basically #1 for me.

                                            1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 10:42 PM

                                              Pretty even between 1 and 2. Again, please let me know if I assign you to the wrong category.

                                              autumm 1
                                              cayjohan 2
                                              Chemicalkinetics 1 and 2
                                              escondido123 1 and 2
                                              EWflash 1
                                              grampart 1
                                              jen kalb 1
                                              Jeri L 2
                                              John Francis 2
                                              JonParker 1
                                              klyeoh 2
                                              pamf 1 and 2
                                              Srrith 2
                                              tim irvine 2
                                              ursroll 2

                                               
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                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                                                John Francis Aug 18, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                If it matters, and I don't see why it should, I don't wash or rinse, which involve water, so I'm not a #2 or 3.

                                                1. re: John Francis
                                                  Chemicalkinetics Aug 18, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                  Great. I will change it to 1. Thanks.

                                                2. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                                                  ursroll Aug 20, 2013 12:36 AM

                                                  I think you got it about right. I still think you should add another choice....#4- It depends.

                                                3. jen kalb Aug 17, 2013 09:53 PM

                                                  No 1 - unless there is visible dust or debris (not common if in closed cabinet.)

                                                  1. j
                                                    Jeri L Aug 17, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                    1 and 2, most often 2. The stuff on the pot rack, the oven drawer or the basement gets a bit dusty and greasy. The stuff in the lower cabinets gets stepped on by a curious kitten who knows how to open doors. Things in drawers or upper cupboards are good to go.

                                                    1. j
                                                      John Francis Aug 17, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                      I may wipe the inside with a dry paper towel, but I never bother to clean with water.

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                                                      1. re: John Francis
                                                        emglow101 Aug 17, 2013 09:39 PM

                                                        Pretty much what I do.

                                                      2. s
                                                        Sirrith Aug 17, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                        2, if its been a while since I've used it, I'll give it a quick rinse to get rid of any dust.

                                                        1. EWSflash Aug 17, 2013 05:19 PM

                                                          1

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                                                            ursroll Aug 17, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                            If the cookware has been hanging from my pot rack and has not been used in weeks, yes. If it has been hanging from my pot rack, but has been used, washed and re-hung in the last 1-2 weeks, no. For the stuff I store in drawers, no, its clean. I always look at the pans if my son's or my husband used and then washed them, because they only wash the insides and forget that there is stuff on the outside. I keep looking at the choices given on the question, and feel you need to add a #4.
                                                            #4 It Depends.

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                                                            1. re: ursroll
                                                              Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                              < For the stuff I store in drawers, no, its clean>

                                                              Whenever I reopen the cookware in drawers, they always have a bit smell to it. So maybe that is why I wash them. :)

                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                                KarenDW Aug 18, 2013 11:14 PM

                                                                wait, "reopen"? Why is the cookware closed?

                                                                1. re: KarenDW
                                                                  Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                  Sorry, I mean putting a lid on the cookware. Cookware which I put the lids on actually accumulate certain smell over time.

                                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                                                                    foiegras Aug 19, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                                    well, then, don't do that ;) I don't keep lids on cookware, but I do on glass refrigerator dishes, things like that, and have *never* noticed a smell. Maybe you need a few dishes of baking soda in your storage areas?

                                                                    1. re: foiegras
                                                                      Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 08:47 PM

                                                                      Well, it can very well because I have cast iron cookware. For cast iron/carbon steel cookware which I don't put the lids on (e.g. fry pans and woks), they don't smell. For cast iron cookware which I put the lids on and stored (e.g. Dutch Ovens), I can notice a smell to it when I put my head close to the surface. I cannot smell it when my head is 3 feet away.

                                                                      I don't smell any for my stainless steel cookware.

                                                            2. klyeoh Aug 17, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                              #2 - It's a habit.

                                                              1. tim irvine Aug 17, 2013 03:14 PM

                                                                Sorry, Chem, but my answers won't score neatly. Pretty much all of my cookware is out. The stuff on lower shelves gets a swipe of the towel in deference to my wife's phobia regarding long dog hairs (setter). The saucepans all have lids so they need no attention. The stuff on a wall rack seems high enough plus it has that whole verticality thing going for it, so no cleaning before use. The stuff on top of the cabinets gets used less frequently (although it must survive my requirement of at least annual use) so it usually gets a washing before use.

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                                                                1. re: tim irvine
                                                                  Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                  Sound like 1, 2, and 3 -- averaging to a 2, maybe?

                                                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                                                    tim irvine Aug 18, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                    Works for me if a swipe with a towel to remove dog hair counts as a quick rinse...

                                                                    :0)

                                                                2. tanuki soup Aug 17, 2013 03:09 PM

                                                                  For me, it depends on what I'm making.

                                                                  #1 or #2 if I'm just cooking something to eat right away. A few germs aren't going to kill you.

                                                                  #3 if I'm cooking up a big batch of something to be stored and eaten at a later date. Even if there are only a few germs, they can multiply.

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                                                                    pine time Aug 17, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                    I'm mostly #1. Once, however, I pulled out a pan I hadn't used in months, and yuck, there was a dead bug in it (had been stored in the garage). Washed thoroughly!

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                                                                    1. re: pine time
                                                                      Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                      Ha ha ha. Yes, if I see "any additional" things, then I will wash thoroughly. Once, I have oil residue dripped from the exhaust fan to the cookware. I cleaned it very thoroughly after that. (the cookware was sitting on the stove, underneath the fans)

                                                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
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                                                                        pine time Aug 17, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                                        yeah, I just can't accept the argument "it's just an extra bit of protein..."

                                                                      2. re: pine time
                                                                        firecooked Aug 18, 2013 09:26 PM

                                                                        Pulled my mixing bowls out of the cabinet once and there was a live scorpion in it. Rinsed with the garbage disposer running!

                                                                        1. re: firecooked
                                                                          JonParker Aug 18, 2013 09:56 PM

                                                                          Ok for that I'd probably rinse it out.

                                                                      3. Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                        Quick Update.

                                                                        Please feel free to correct my entry. Just tell me.

                                                                        autumm 1
                                                                        cayjohan 2
                                                                        Chemicalkinetics 1 and 2
                                                                        escondido123 1 and 2
                                                                        grampart 1
                                                                        JonParker 1
                                                                        pamf 1 and 2

                                                                         
                                                                        1. cayjohan Aug 17, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                          I store many of my cookware on a large hanging pot rack, and have developed the habit of always running a towel over whatever pan I pull down, whether it needs it or not; it's a tell for a pan that needs more than a wipe, too. (It's one of the few really *compulsively tidy* habits I have, so I roll with it!)

                                                                          In addition to the most used pieces, a lot of my larger items hang there due to storage constraints. When I use, say, the big paella pan, it always gets (and needs) a thorough washing.

                                                                          1. JonParker Aug 17, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                            No.

                                                                            1. grampart Aug 17, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                              Pretty much a #1 type guy here, but I'd leave room for #'s 2 and 3 if needed.

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                                                                                autumm Aug 17, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                Sometimes I have to wash it before cooking cause I never cleaned up last night since I was lazy and didn't want to deal with burnt on crud (learning to love my new stainless steal. . .)

                                                                                Usually I don't wash right before unless I"m cooking for my SIL with celiacs. Just to be on the safe side.

                                                                                1. pamf Aug 17, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                  If it hasn't been used for a while I will #2 rinse or wipe with a damp paper towel. Stuff that gets used daily is #1 fine.

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                                                                                  1. re: pamf
                                                                                    mcf Aug 19, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                                                    This. Only the most rarely used pieces or those that sit out on display warrant or get this treatment. Same with serving platters that are only very occasionally used, except those in vertical storage.

                                                                                    There's no moisture or anything growing inside any of my cabinets.

                                                                                    On a daily, weekly or monthly basis, I'm a 1, with the occasional 2 on infrequent occasions.

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                                                                                    escondido123 Aug 17, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                    If it was stored on open shelving, I will rinse if necessary. Those in the drawers are good to go.

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                                                                                      Chemicalkinetics Aug 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                      I am almost the other way around. I feel worse for cookware stored in drawers. For cookware store outside, I only assume dust. For cookware in storage, I have that feeling that moisture, water, darkness, bacteria growth -- probably more emotional than logical.

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