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Survey: Do you wash your cookware right before cooking?

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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.

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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.

          1. No.

            1. 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. 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. 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

                    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

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

                    2. re: pine time

                      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

                        Ok for that I'd probably rinse it out.

                    3. 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.

                      1. 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

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

                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                            :0)

                        2. #2 - It's a habit.

                          1. 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

                              < 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

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

                                1. re: KarenDW

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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. 1

                              1. 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. 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

                                    Pretty much what I do.

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

                                      1. 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

                                          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

                                            Great. I will change it to 1. Thanks.

                                          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                          3. 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. I dont wash it unless there is visible residue.

                                              Put me down as #1

                                              1. No.

                                                I do check for bugs.

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

                                                    1. 1, unless there's obvious dust or bugs.

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

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                                                      1. re: firecooked

                                                        What's wrong with pot rack?

                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                          1. re: firecooked

                                                            Don't let others influence you.

                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                              1. re: firecooked

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

                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                  Apologies!!

                                                      2. 1

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

                                                                1. 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. 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

                                                                     
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                                                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                      Omitted moi. :-(

                                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                                        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

                                                                          :-)

                                                                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

                                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                                          Sorry, I will update soon. Thanks.

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

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

                                                                            1. 1

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

                                                                                1. #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. 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