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Old 11-04-2012, 01:24 AM   #31
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I have two complete service for eight sets of silverware. I just grab what I need out of the drawer and then toss it into a pan of water I keep there for just that purpose. Then when I run out of usually spoons, I wash them all in soapy hot water.

For plates and glasses, I buy paper. Why make more work for myself. But there are some foods that require a plate. Cutting into a steak on a paper plate doesn't go too well. So I use a regular one. That too get tossed into the sink with a quick rinse until I am ready to wash everything. I use a regular mug for coffee and other hot drinks. But I do have a package of paper cups with lids for coffee on the go. I live alone and don't have guests eating any meals here. But for my own health and food safety, I wash everything that isn't disposable. Even if I use it just once. If I do a tasting of food that I am making, the spoon gets tossed into the sink. and the next time I taste test, I use a new spoon. But that is me.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #32
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I stopped going to a certain big name sandwich shop because they would use a knife to cut a sandwich then scrape the mayo, mustard, etc. off on metal strip on the prep counter. They would use the same knife for consecutive customers scraping the knife over the same spot with what could be hours old condiment goo gluing itself to the counter. I got tired of having to ask for a fresh knife. Just made me wonder what other yucky habits they had. I go to other restaurants from the same chain but I watch them prepare a sandwich for other people to check out their cleanliness habits.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #33
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Depending on who's around and looking. I see no problem letting the dogs lick them clean and putting it back in the drawer for the next unsuspecting sucker to use it! Who needs dishwashers?

And they wonder why I'm always snickering in the corner.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:46 PM   #34
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Huh. And I thought everyone did that. Saves on water.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #35
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Depending on who's around and looking. I see no problem letting the dogs lick them clean and putting it back in the drawer for the next unsuspecting sucker to use it! Who needs dishwashers?

And they wonder why I'm always snickering in the corner.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #36
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At work, I run my knife under hot water every time I switch (the exception is if I cut cheese--then I wash with dish detergent). I dry on a a clean paper towel each time. Mind you, I am primarily working with cheese, fruits, and veggies. But, I clean the blade between each thing I'm chopping and I clean the cutting surface between each using a mild dish detergent - bleach solution, scrubbed down at the end of the day. At home, I wash all my knives by hand, but have two sets of knives and use one for meats, the other for produce and cheese. I also have different cutting boards for meat, veggies/fruit, and cheese.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #37
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I will take a fork or knife out of the drawer when I am cooking, test for doneness, then toss the untensil in the sink. Just out of habit. Then when I want to test the food again, I get another untensil. As a result, I can build up a large pile of not really dirty, but used cooking untensils.

Although the temp for the water is set by management, there is a way to over ride it. Having a plumber in the family helps. So my hot water is scalding. Everything in the sink gets washed with Dawn dish detergent and rinsed in scalding hot water. Way to hot to put your hands in.

At the end of the day, the sponge sits in a blowl of scalding hot water, some Dawn and a few drops of bleach. Spike buys me the commercial strength Dawn by the gallon. As a contractor, he gets a big discount. This is the Dawn that they donate to clean the animals caught in oil spills. I cannot imagine ever using any other product again. It cleans anything without any effort, that I throw at it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:55 AM   #38
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The cats are very good at cleaning anything with butter on it.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #39
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The cats are very good at cleaning anything with butter on it.
That sounds reasonable to me. At least you have happy cats.
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I would wash the knife. If you just wipe it off you have no clue what is left behind in the crevices of the surface of the knife. Left in a nice warm drawer, especially on a hot summer day, bacteria could begin to grow and then spread to anything else in the drawer. Although this won't become a problem instantly, over time you will end up not feeling so great when you use the utensils again. Just because you cannot see the germs that are bad for you does not mean they are not there. Even the "good" germs cannot be seen.

Proper food sanitation keeps you healthy.
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