The Real Reason You Leave Dishes "To Soak" ;-)

April 10, 2018

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No doubt the information contained in this report will be a hotbed of debate at Thanksgiving this year.  Soaking dishes is rooted in lies!  The practice of letting soapy water loosen stuck-on food does work.  But let's be honest soaking fanatics, soaking usually involves an overnight stay in the sink leading to a surprise in the morning where someone else ends up cleaning the dishes to gain access to the sink!  Soaking is unnecessary when cooking because the hard to clean crust can usually be easily cleaned when pulled from the oven or stovetop. If you stay on top of things and get to the food crud early, you probably wouldn’t have to soak anything, ever. If you have a pan with stuff burned onto it, put the pan back on the stove, add some water, and then crank up the heat until the water boils. It won’t take very long, and all that charred gunk will come right off. Or you can do a quick deglazing of your pan with vinegar. Voilà! If you’ve got stuff caked onto a dish, cup, or mug, add a little water, put another plate over the top, and then run it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Boom, steam cleaned. Besides, if you have a dishwasher, there’s really no need to go overboard with your dish cleaning anyway. Dishes do not need to be spotless before you throw them in the machine. In fact, most modern dish detergents use enzymes to digest protein and starch on your dishes and other kitchen paraphernalia.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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