Argh, more cleaning, right?
When will we ever be finished cleaning?
Well, probably never – but don’t let that persuade you to give up on cleaning altogether, because having a clean kitchen has a lot of benefits. Some of the benefits to having a clean kitchen are:
- You can find everything you need when you need it because it’s neatly packed away where it belongs.
- It’s faster to start cooking each time because you can grab anything you need without having to wash it first.
- You have more space to prepare food, because the bench and sink aren’t full of yesterday’s dishes.
- You won’t get sick so often because you won’t be letting bacteria and mold build up in your kitchen or fridge.
So, give cleaning a go, and check out these tips on cleaning the kitchen, this post on cleaning the oven and this one on cleaning the fridge to get you started if you haven’t already. And don’t worry, I started out terribly as well. I let things go bad, I let the dishes pile up, and I always had to wash something when I needed it too. But after a while I got sick of having to spend so much time tackling the kitchen (after I avoided it for so long) that I realised it was better to just clean as I went. Like tonight, it only took me 5 minutes to get everything in the dishwasher and wash the couple of pans I used making dinner.
But I’m not here to give you a lecture today, I’m here, as always, to help you get better in the kitchen. And one of the areas where we can forget to clean could be some of the most obvious things like the pieces of equipment that sit on the bench! Granted the ones that hide in a cupboard and get used occasionally wont be so obvious, but both types of cooking machines need to be cleaned.
What kind of kitchen equipment am I talking about? It’s anything that does some sort of cooking for you, even if its the:
- Food processor
- Slow cooker
- Pressure cooker
- Hand mixer
- Hand held blender
- Sandwich press
- Jaffle iron
- Waffle maker
- Pancake maker
- Pie maker
- Doughnut maker
- Popcorn maker
- Hot dog maker
- Or other gimmicky food making machines (like the penguin waffle maker and the dinosaur popcorn maker I have hidden at the back of my cupboard so no one can see them).
I’m sure you’ve got several of these machine, just like I do. And how often do you clean them? Well, I have to say I don’t clean them nearly as regularly as I should, but that’s why I’m writing this post today – as a reminder to myself as much as a way to help you keep your kitchen in order.
How do we clean these types of machines?
Well, these types of machines comes in two varieties – those that have parts that can be removed from the machine and washed separately, and those that the entire machine is one piece.
How to clean machines with removable parts
Machines with removable parts of things like the food processor or blender where the main bowl comes off the base and the attachments come off as well. All of these types of parts can easily be cleaned by hand using soap and hot water, so they’re easy to clean with the pots and pans at the end of the night.
Sometimes you’ll get lucky and the machine you’ve bought has parts that can go in the dishwasher. If you do, then awesome, load them up on in with the dishes and don’t think about it again. Check the box you bought your machine in to see if the parts are dishwasher safe. If you’re not sure, usually anything that’s glass will go in the dishwasher, but the plastic parts are hit and miss. For instance, my food processor box said the parts can go in the dishwasher but its not recommended. I take that as meaning I can do it every so often, but with regular dishwashing the parts won’t last.
On the other hand, the beaters from my hand mixer, well as they’re stainless steel, they go in the dishwasher every time!
How to clean machines with no removable parts
When I say a machine with no parts I’m thinking the toaster, the kettle or the sandwich press. All of these machines are basically one unit and they can’t be submerged in water. That’s a key phrase there; machines like this cannot be put into a tub or bucket of water, or put in the dishwasher, because they have electrical parts attached that cannot be removed for washing. So if you did submerge them in water your appliance would no longer work.
So how do you clean a machine that can’t go into water? Simple. Just wipe over it with some paper towel to get rid of the worse mess, and then clean it with a sponge, some dish washing soap and only a tiny amount of water (like 2-3 tablespoons). Rub this over the machine till its clean, then remove the suds with more paper towel and dry with a third piece of paper towel.
In the case of a toaster, check out this post with more information about the right and wrong ways to clean your toaster.
In the case of both types of machines give the outsides a quick wipe with a cloth to remove any splashes and also wipe along the cord (with a damp not wet) cloth to remove anything from the cord. Always check the cord in case it fell into something sticky. The cord is where the power comes from, so make sure the power point is off and the machine is unplugged when clean any part of it (water and electricity do not mix, and therefore you could be seriously injured, or worse).
So, now you know that its pretty easy to clean these machines, are you going to remember to do it? I hope so.
For the comments, tell us which are the silliest cooking machines you own (like my dinosaur popcorn maker), and how did you come about owning them?