I would like to ban the dirty pan

@Rollo1 (16789)
Boston, Massachusetts
November 11, 2015 4:57pm CST
I don't mind cooking most of the time, but tonight I couldn't face it so I ordered pizza. There's lots of food in the house and clean counters, so plenty of space for food prep. But there's an aspect to cooking that I simply detest - dirty pots and pans. If I had my way, someone would invent disposable pots and pans. Oh, not those flimsy aluminum foil things, those are useless. Tin foil is not a sturdy thing to make a cooking vessel out of. And you can't use them on top of the stove at all. No, I want to open a cabinet and take out as many pots as I need for making my gourmet meal, then throw them all away and have new, fresh ones for the next meal. No matter how delicious the meal, it simply isn't worth it if I have to wash dirty pots and pans. Sure, I can put the deed off by setting the pans in the sink to soak in hot, soapy water - for a while. But eventually, the sink will be full and those pots have to be washed. Do you mind the pots and pans? Do you wash them right away, or pretend to be soaking them like I do?
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@boiboing (11503)
• Northampton, England
11 Nov 15
Over the past few years I've spent good money on really nice pans that don't stick and don't go yucky and they've been worth every penny.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
I have one covered skillet, the deep kind that is ceramic-coated and it is a joy to clean, I want a whole set of the ceramic stuff, even though I really prefer stainless steel. The lure of easy clean up is too much to resist.
@Marcyaz (37265)
• United States
11 Nov 15
Yeah I used to have the kind that stick also but finally got rid of them and these new ones are so good.
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@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
@Rollo1 I like stainless steel, though it doesn't conduct heat well. Have one pan which is stainless with a copper bottomand that is great
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@much2say (28422)
• United States
12 Nov 15
As cheap as I am, I found that if I pay for an expensive set of pots and pans, I will take care of them better! I wash them right away (other pots and pans I just leave soaking - longer than intended! ). I try to clean as I go, but that's not always possible. Disposable ones would be cool - except that I wonder if they would be costly in the long run!!
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@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
They would indeed work out expensive and what a waste!
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@much2say (28422)
• United States
13 Nov 15
@Auntylou I guess we should stick to using a little elbow grease on those dirty pans! Better for the environment too.
@Tampa_girl7 (22043)
• United States
12 Nov 15
Some days I mind the pots and pans more then others.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
I hate them every day. I guess I have a deep-seated hatred of my pots and pans.
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@Jessicalynnt (46246)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Nov 15
perhaps She Who Cooks should nominate others to become They Who Wash, lol!
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@SIMPLYD (67560)
• Philippines
13 Nov 15
I can relate with you . Those are what i don't want to wash , but there's no one to do it but me . I love cooking , but only the simple ones so that i will not be using lots of pans for me to wash later .
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• India
13 Nov 15
Most of people like same but when festival or relative comes home at that time you not do same thing because you not like to do wash pan but at that time you make lot of food and enjoy dinner with them and enjoy wash all pans and dishes
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@SIMPLYD (67560)
• Philippines
13 Nov 15
@birjudanak When there is an occassion where there are lots of people , we prefer to just buy the foods , not cook anymore . So, no pans to wash anymore .
• India
13 Nov 15
@SIMPLYD hum you are very smart but we make food at home because some relatives dont like junk food or outside food
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@simone10 (22602)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Nov 15
We use our dishwasher so we don't really have to wash any pots and pans. My brother always cleans up as he is cooking and by the time the meal is done, everything is in the dishwasher.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Nov 15
I have a small, countertop dishwasher, and it's not big enough for pots and pans, or some of them would definitely end up in there.
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@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
@Rollo1 Anything with aluminium in it should not go in the dishwasher I think!
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
@Auntylou I have only one aluminium pan, a cake pan. And it's the one I always made cakes in at home when young, it's traditional. It's the cake pan my mother used. I shall never give it up, even if they prove it's poisoning me. Cause, a little poison in your cake... who could notice with all that icing?
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@Raelove (13160)
• Saco, Maine
12 Nov 15
I live alone, so it's not an issue. If I use a saucepan, I fill it full of hot water right after I use it, and it's a lot easier to wash. I remember hating the task, though, when I had a bunch to wash after a big meal for family, friends, etc. I sort of miss those days...sort of...
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
I sometimes put water in the pot and put it back on the hot burner to absorb the residual heat so the cooktop cools faster. The kids are 16 and 21 but I still think they will put their hands on a hot burner.
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@Raelove (13160)
• Saco, Maine
13 Nov 15
@Rollo1 With a glass-top stove, the top does stay hot a long time. The stove here has a red warning light that shuts off once the surface is safe to touch. But it takes awhile. It's one of the reasons I much prefer a coil-top stove. Visually, I instintively know not to touch it for awhile after I've used it. As for putting a pan back on the burner with water in it, that also helps loosen up any burned-on food, making it easier to wash.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
@Raelove I have a glass cooktop and I really like it because I never have to remove the coils and clean the burner pans, etc. The problem I find is that you don't know which burner is hot by that little red light. I keep water in the tea kettle and put it on any hot burner. But other than that, I truly prefer the glass cooktop. The burners are more intuitive, turning the heat on and off to keep a level temp.
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@sofssu (14909)
12 Nov 15
I use only a couple of pots and pans.. so I need to wash them.. I hate having the sink stacked with pots and pans. The lesser you use the easier it is to wash up, I find this very useful when it comes to cooking.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Nov 15
Whenever possible, I cook everything in one pan, the deep covered skillet that is ceramic and washes easily .
@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
yes. One pot cooking is the best!
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@Beatburn (3710)
• Philippines
12 Nov 15
Lol. My wife soaks the pots and pans (pretending to wash it after) while the husband detests seeing dirty pots and pans and ends up cleaning them. Effective strategy really.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
That's what I need, more people who hate the sight of dirty pots and pans. I am afraid no one here would notice for weeks.
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@Beatburn (3710)
• Philippines
16 Nov 15
@Rollo1 Just this weekend I was washing after every meal. And then I realized I've used my weekend to wash dishes.
• Canada
12 Nov 15
I'm the great pretender, ooh ooh! Eventually though they have to be scrubbed.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
Yes, but there's no reason to rush into anything.
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• Canada
13 Nov 15
@Rollo1 Slow and steady.
@celticeagle (96150)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Nov 15
I don't cook anymore. But, when I did I always washed things up as I went along and I put the dirty pots and pans in hot soapy water and when I was done eating they had soaked and were easy to wash.
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@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
By brother who is a chef ,washes up as the food is cooking, so there is very little to do at the end of the meal
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@celticeagle (96150)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Nov 15
@Auntylou ....Yep. Clean as you go and you won't have a mess.
@JudyEv (72701)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
I am so pleased that Vince does the cooking instead of me that I happily wash the pans. He does do a few as he goes but mostly the job falls to me.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
I don't know if I would agree to that, I would rather cook than wash pots and pans.
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@marlina (47727)
• Canada
12 Nov 15
I don't mind the pots and pans so much. But I feel the same way about socks, I wish I could afford a new pair of socks every time and never have to wash them, just throw them away.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Nov 15
Socks aren't very expensive. I have often thought of buying The Boy a package of socks every week instead of trying to get them clean after he's worn them.
@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
Really? The only problem I have with socks is when they lose their pair!
@DeborahDiane (11529)
• Laguna Woods, California
12 Nov 15
Disposable pots and pans ... what a wonderful idea that would be. When I cook turkey, I always use a disposable tinfoil pan. Makes the day easier!
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@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
I am so economical that I would wash that to use again!
@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
I don't use those tin foil things because you can't lift them out of the oven with a turkey in them.
@delyaj30 (620)
• Quezon City, Philippines
13 Nov 15
i dont mind washing pots and pans
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
You can come and wash mine.
@Auntylou (4453)
• Oxford, England
13 Nov 15
No , I quite like washing up as long as I have a good draining board and hot water
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
American sinks don't come with that built-in draining board that I see in UK kitchens. You have to buy a rubber one that gets all nasty and sludgy and has to be scrubbed...ewww
@slund2041 (3563)
• United States
12 Nov 15
I hate washing pots and pans as well. I do tend to let them soak for awhile.
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Nov 15
I could let them soak for days and they never look appealing to me. I need to get a set of ceramic cookware that cleans up easily.
@Inlemay (16333)
• South Africa
12 Nov 15
I dont like the cleaning up afterwards much either - How was the pizza?
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@Rollo1 (16789)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Nov 15
I bought more than we needed. But The Boy had a pizza left over for lunch next day.
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@fawkes62 (1362)
• United States
12 Nov 15
I don't like washing them either. Right now we have our kids doing chores, and one of them is to wash the dishes. This works great until the next time I need them. They can't seem to get the pots and pans clean, so then I have to wash it before I can use it. The hope is one day they will actually get them clean. One can only hope.
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@PainsOnSlate (16211)
• Canada
12 Nov 15
I used to pretend i was soaking them but now that its just the two of us, he cooks and I wash the pots and pans. I think that's a fair trade...
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