My sister and I have an unspoken pact to go to Pampered Chef parties together whenever we could. We needed each other’s support to get through the cheesy pitches and games. There’s always that moment when the consultant asks what the guests’ favorite Pampered Chef product is; we get a little giggly when we hear some of the passionate responses. Does anyone really love their kitchen gadgets that much? Apparently so. For us, we agree that the orange peeler is a pretty nifty little tool. When I’m being honest, though, my Pampered Chef stoneware is probably my favorite product. I’ve had some of my stoneware for years and it’s just about the only way I can make biscuits without burning them. Crescent rolls come out perfectly baked, and my friend Kathy swears that the stoneware loaf pan is the secret to my banana bread recipe.
But here’s my dirty little secret.
I put my stoneware in the dishwasher.
You see, you’re not supposed to wash the stoneware with soap. Using the stone “seasons” it which means that it gets these dark spots on it. Soap can get into the porous stone and make it taste awful. There are two problems I have with this. First, I never feel like the stoneware gets adequately cleaned if I only use hot water and the scraper. Also, I hate to wash them by hand. It’s time consuming and messy. It probably uses waaaaayyy more water than a regular dishwasher cycle, since I have to soak, wash, and rinse so many times to feel like it’s clean. So…….. I put the pan(s) in the dishwasher and use the sanitizing hot cycle, minus the detergent. I figure that it steams away any germs that might linger through the rinse.
I’m sure Pampered Chef doesn’t endorse putting their stoneware in the dishwasher. There’s probably some clause in the lifetime guarantee that states that these actions make the guarantee null and void. That’s okay, because I’ll never be able to find the receipt in case of a broken stoneware pan anyway. As long as it doesn’t kill a unicorn anyway, I’m sticking with my plan because it’s probably the only way I’ll get the stoneware washed.
Do you have a dirty little kitchen secret to share? Do you sneak veggies into your soup or maybe pass off Stove Top as homemade stuffing? Do tell!