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Cleaning chopsticks in the dishwasher

 
 
jespah
 
Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 05:14 pm
Well, it's just like the title says.

I refuse to hand wash 'em.

They are wooden, not too terribly nice (e. g. not the fancy-shmancy lacquered kind).

We have a space in the silverware caddy where we've put a plastic holder (it's actually the cover for a teeny Tupperware cube). But the plastic holder is too small, so sometimes the chopsticks fall through. Open the bottom of the dishwasher too quickly, and you'll break a chopstick.

Now, these things are cheap so it's not a huge deal. But I would rather not destroy them all the same. In the meantime, we use chopsticks a lot. Not on soup. That's just weird. But we will eat salad, for example, with chopsticks. Just like the heathens that we are.

Hence I come to you, gentle A2Kers, with some burning questions:
  • How can we better wash the chopsticks without suffering so much chopstick attrition?
  • Is it possible to eat pudding with chopsticks? If so, please explain. Diagrams or a YouTube video would be most helpful.
  • Did the dinosaurs have chopsticks? Or is that a vestige of their tiny hands? Are chopsticks responsible for the great dinosaur demise/rise of the mammals? Do we owe our very existence to chopsticks?
  • If a chopstick falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, will it still break in my dishwasher?
  • Could chopsticks cure cancer, or be the fountain of youth, or end our dependence on foreign oil? Please explain your theory, using chopsticks and crayons. Be sure to show all your work.

Thank you in advance, A2Kers. I know I can count on you.
 
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 05:28 pm
@jespah,
Any way to put them in a baggie homemade of cheesecloth, maybe doubled, and hang them somewhere? Note, I've not used my dishwasher here for dishwashing, use it for storage, but I used to use dishwashers; so, not up to date on the latest designs. Dunno if that would be too flimsy. Maybe some other sturdier woven material.
realjohnboy
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 05:36 pm
@jespah,
What is a dishwasher?
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 05:46 pm
@realjohnboy,
Very Happy
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ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 05:49 pm
@ossobucotemp,
So, do they tend to have actual food on them or just sauce? wondering about a catch basin/filter of some kind for shoots & leaves and bits of this and that..
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 06:02 pm
@jespah,
many many many years ago, Phoenix wrote about buying cheap mesh bags at a dollar store to store/organize cords of all sorts

she was right - those bags are handy - I use them in my gig bags to organize bits of different costumes when there are significant changes to be made (i.e. you can NOT wear Saidi earrings when dancing Baladi and those earrings will NOT do for khaleegy blah blah blah)


so ... where I'm going with this ... cheapo mesh bags for chopsticks - in the dishwasher - for the win !!!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 06:17 pm
@jespah,
Maybe you can find something here.
https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=chopstick+dishwasher&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=4966246136&hvqmt=b&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_2vxuwe5lq5_b
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 06:44 pm
@realjohnboy,
A place where all chopsticks go to die, of course.
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 06:46 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Thank you! That is PERFECT - I found something right off the bat. Mwah!
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George
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 07:57 pm
> How can we better wash the chopsticks without suffering so much
> chopstick attrition?
Don't. Steal extras from Wei-Lu's.

> Is it possible to eat pudding with chopsticks? If so, please explain.
> Diagrams or a YouTube video would be most helpful.
Yes. If you have time. Lots of time.

> Did the dinosaurs have chopsticks? Or is that a vestige of their tiny
> hands? Are chopsticks responsible for the great dinosaur demise/rise of
> the mammals? Do we owe our very existence to chopsticks?
They used runcible spoons. The rest follows from there.

> If a chopstick falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, will it
> still break in my dishwasher?
Fraid so.

> Could chopsticks cure cancer, or be the fountain of youth, or end our
> dependence on foreign oil? Please explain your theory, using chopsticks
> and crayons. Be sure to show all your work.
The dog ate my homework.

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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 09:44 pm
The solution that comes immediately to mind to me is, diorama.

Forget cleaning. The used ones, wiped off and dipped in creosote, kerosene or animal fat would make excellent torches for the villagers chasing down Frankensteins monster.

That, or as a pole for Charon to push his boat carrying souls across the river Styx.

Speaking of poles, a chopstick could have easily been used in this peep art....

https://sassandbalderdash.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/445stripper-pole-peeps.jpg?w=445&h=333
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2016 10:10 pm
@chai2,
My wife hand washes our chopsticks, but we use the one time use chopsticks more frequently.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 02:04 am
@jespah,
jespah wrote:
[*]If a chopstick falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, will it still break in my dishwasher?


That reminds me of a letter in the latest Viz.

They say if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it fall, how do we know it makes a sound? Well, perhaps it doesn't. Just like the huge Christmas Tree that someone fly-tipped off the back of a van at the front of my house in January. I heard **** all, but there it was anyway.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 06:40 am
@jespah,
I'm biased. I have a nice pair of lacquered chopsticks (with bunnies and gold leaf(?)) on it. I'll post a photograph of them later tonight.

1. I always handwash them.
2. To be fair, I don't have a dishwasher but even if I did, I'd handwash them because I love them so much (even beyond their sentimental value).

Why don't you have fancy-schamancy lacquered kind? Why do you disrespect your food with subpar chopsticks?

How many pairs of chopsticks do you have to wash in a given day that you can't wash them by hand and be burdened with so much lost time?

Quote:
How can we better wash the chopsticks without suffering so much chopstick attrition?

Wash them by hand. If it takes you longer than a minute to wash a couple sets of chopsticks? You're doing it wrong. They're not that difficult to clean (even for OCDers); they're not surgical tools.

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Did the dinosaurs have chopsticks

Don't be so dismissive. #SMH Of course, they used chopsticks. Even t-rexes can be foodies. The dinosaurs with short arms just use really really really really really really really long chopsticks.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 08:48 am
@jespah,
A very important question, many people just use choptsticks once and then stick them up their noses for laugh at restaurant. Very Tricky.
I have a set of choptsicks made from MAMMOTH IVORY. They are very cool and sort of a muddy brown color with some yellowish cream colored stripey sections.

I got em in Nome.
Since this species is symmetrically extinct, I do not think that the threatened species title technically applies to my choptstick material. So I can brandish my chopsticks wherever I wish.

I love unagi sushi.


Never machine washed em cause they have like little cracks and I only soak em in alcohol whenever theyre washed with a brush.
(I mostly use some nice black plastic ones I glommed from P F Changs)
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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 08:51 am
@jespah,
My wife wshes the Changs ones in the dishwasher , they never melted.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 09:34 am
I realize this is largely a humorous thread and I don't want to be a stick-in-the-mud (Get it? Wink ) but I would suggest that you most definitely use your dishwasher for reasons of health safety.

Wooden chop sticks, unlike stainless steel utensils, are porous and make a very good breeding ground for bacteria. I'm sure a through washing by hand with soap and warm water will clean them up, but if you have a dishwasher, why take the chance? If your machine has a "sanitizing" setting, so much the better.

Ditto with wooden cutting boards - especially if you use them to butcher raw meat.

(And yes the dinosaurs used them, but they didn't clean them properly and that is why they no longer exist)
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 09:37 am
@Finn dAbuzz,
That's kinda what I was thinking - the wood needs to be sanitized. CI found an awesome tchotchke on Amazon which is actually a basket for pacifiers. But it's long enough, so I'm ordering it.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Tue 23 Aug, 2016 10:14 am
@jespah,
I've two pair of the fancy schmancy lacquered types, love 'em, but rarely use them now; keep them since they're so pretty. I got them at the Co-op in the Eureka area, a good small grocery store chock full of good produce and meat/local fish, and other miscellaneous wonderfuls. (Diane and I went to the Co-op here in Abq once, ugh re produce to start with. Oh, well, I have my Northern Cal good chopsticks memories.
lovesites
 
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Reply Wed 24 Aug, 2016 03:23 am
@ossobucotemp,
wow, so great
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