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Aug 17, 2013 12:36 PM

Survey: Do you wash your cookware right before cooking?

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


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

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    1. re: escondido123

      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.

    2. 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

        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.

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