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Old 03-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Soap and cookware..?

What are everybody's opinion on soap. When I was young my grandmother taught me that soap was taboo. Never more than a drop and that was only if it was really necessary. If some thing was stuck on a pan she would use salt as an abrasive agent to help scrubbing. The majority of her cookware were black cast iron pans that were WELL seasoned.

As I got older I tended to stray from this and started using soap. Some pots always had a faint soapy smell when I would cook. I couldn't detect it in the food, but every now and then I lift a pot top off of something cooking and smell
soap. I just got a new set of cookware and am having arguments with my wife about not using soap any more unless necessary.

Any opinions...???

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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If you smell soap in a pan I'd guess it either wasn't rinsed properly or your grandmother's advice is haunting you.

Soap aids in cutting through grease and in lifting foods off the pan surface. Once well rinsed, the soap is gone until next time.

Do you use soap in the dishwasher?
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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Hi Andy. You are definitely right about grandma's advice haunting me. I also thought about the not rinsed properly. But even when I rinse them repeatedly I still swear I smell soap. I don't use the dishwasher as I feel it's too much work.
By the time I rinse, load and unload I could have just washed them.
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Hi Andy. You are definitely right about grandma's advice haunting me. I also thought about the not rinsed properly. But even when I rinse them repeatedly I still swear I smell soap. I don't use the dishwasher as I feel it's too much work.
By the time I rinse, load and unload I could have just washed them.
I don't know that I can help you other than to say soap aids in the cleaning process. Perhaps your grandmother was just trying to save money by not using soap. I can't say.

Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #5
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Well she did use soap, just not on her pots.
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Well she did use soap, just not on her pots.
What kind of pots did she use? Cast iron?
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #7
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Hi, Cheezy. You said most of her pans were seasoned cast-iron. It's generally advised not to use soap on cast iron because it washes off the seasoning. Are your pans stainless steel or cast iron or something else?

I use soap on my stainless and (one) non-stick pans, but not on my cast-iron.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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Maybe it's your dishwashing liquid that leaves an odour. I use Sunlight lemon dishwashing liquid and it never leaves a soapy smell.
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I suspect that your dishes are not getting rinsed well. Do you have hard-water in Poughkeepsie?

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