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(Southern Living)   Who the hell points their silverware up in the dishwasher? Why is this even a debate?   (southernliving.com) divider line
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2022-09-25 11:56:55 AM  
Subby is so confused.
 
2022-09-25 12:10:36 PM  
Fork must go pointing up or the tine start dropping through the basket.
Spoons alternate up and down to prevent nesting.
Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)
Butter knives don't matter

I'm not ADHD you are.
 
2022-09-25 12:21:01 PM  
Um, folks who have silverware baskets with individual slots for forks & knives.

Won't work the other way around - at least for forks (KitchenAid)


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2022-09-25 12:32:02 PM  
I bought an additional baset to ride on the bottom shelf as the one which side in the door was barely adequate for the amount of silverware I have per load. I point practically everything up, I have less issues with stubborn food sticking that way.

The real question I left TFA with was, "Who in the fark unloads silverware from the dishwasher with dirty hands?"
 
2022-09-25 12:43:14 PM  

LionHound: I bought an additional baset to ride on the bottom shelf as the one which side in the door was barely adequate for the amount of silverware I have per load. I point practically everything up, I have less issues with stubborn food sticking that way.

The real question I left TFA with was, "Who in the fark unloads silverware from the dishwasher with dirty hands?"


Seriously, have your dog remove all the utensils for you, then just pick them up off the floor as needed.
 
2022-09-25 1:02:25 PM  
I have a Miele which has a whole tray for cutlery so I lay them down flat in their slots.
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All you poors with cheap ass dishwashers can do what you want in your hovels,
 
2022-09-25 1:29:25 PM  

SpectroBoy: Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)


Steak knives get hand washed, and the sooner after use, the better, as this does not allow food to get dried on.

No knife sharper than a butter knife should ever go in the dishwasher. If you put a chef's knife in there, I just assume you do the same with your cast iron.
 
2022-09-25 1:44:46 PM  

bifster: Um, folks who have silverware baskets with individual slots for forks & knives.

Won't work the other way around - at least for forks (KitchenAid)


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This. Bosch as well.
 
2022-09-25 1:50:28 PM  

Gonz: SpectroBoy: Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)

Steak knives get hand washed, and the sooner after use, the better, as this does not allow food to get dried on.

No knife sharper than a butter knife should ever go in the dishwasher. If you put a chef's knife in there, I just assume you do the same with your cast iron.



Fair point.

My GOOD steak knives and ALL kitchen knives are hand wash only.

My wife has a set of cheap-ass as-seen-on-tee-vee serrated steak knives that that she insists on using. I won't use em and I won't wash em so they go in the dishwasher.
 
2022-09-25 2:11:08 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: I have a Miele which has a whole tray for cutlery so I lay them down flat in their slots.
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All you poors with cheap ass dishwashers can do what you want in your hovels,


VERY nice. Any reliability issues ... yet?
 
2022-09-25 2:13:05 PM  
You put utensils in with the handles down so that when you take them out, your dirty, nasty, little germ-ridden fingers get all over the working end. It is the ultimate height of health & hygiene!

Take that chemtrails!
 
2022-09-25 2:15:56 PM  
Handles down, for sure.  Don't want nasty runoff dirtying the business ends of my eating implements.
 
2022-09-25 2:18:43 PM  
Good gawd, this is like a pizza / tipping thread all over again.

Carry on.
 
2022-09-25 2:26:03 PM  
 
2022-09-25 2:28:27 PM  

Gonz: SpectroBoy: Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)

Steak knives get hand washed, and the sooner after use, the better, as this does not allow food to get dried on.

No knife sharper than a butter knife should ever go in the dishwasher. If you put a chef's knife in there, I just assume you do the same with your cast iron.


No, cast iron goes in the washing machine with the towels. The good knifes are just stuck on the outside of my car as I go through the car wash.

The best part is how fast people get out of my way as I drive up.
 
2022-09-25 2:31:54 PM  

SpectroBoy: Fork must go pointing up or the tine start dropping through the basket.
Spoons alternate up and down to prevent nesting.
Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)
Butter knives don't matter

I'm not ADHD you are.


Dad?
 
2022-09-25 2:37:25 PM  
Hobart don't gaf.
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2022-09-25 2:42:10 PM  
Forks and spoons as pointing up. If they are spaced correctly they will not nest. Knives that are all metal, or have plastic handles (including some Wusthof knives that I have) are inserted point down. I have some steak knives with wooden handles that go in the dishwasher NEVER.
 
2022-09-25 2:42:17 PM  
All my silverware points up after I hand wash them. I have no dishwasher.
 
2022-09-25 2:42:22 PM  
I do forks and spoons up and knives down.

I'm one of those people who washes the dishes before I wash the dishes though, so, TTFWIW.
 
2022-09-25 2:55:32 PM  
Bowls. I never know how to do the bowls. They take up so much more room in there than they should.
 
2022-09-25 3:29:11 PM  

namegoeshere: Bowls. I never know how to do the bowls. They take up so much more room in there than they should.


Stand them on their side. Even then, more room that reasonable, but less that if facing down.
 
2022-09-25 3:41:15 PM  
Don't you people have sinks and sponges?
 
2022-09-25 3:45:20 PM  

Diagonal: You put utensils in with the handles down so that when you take them out, your dirty, nasty, little germ-ridden fingers get all over the working end. It is the ultimate height of health & hygiene!

Take that chemtrails!


Who unloads a dishwasher with dirty hands?!?
Ewwww.
 
2022-09-25 3:46:18 PM  

ElPrimitivo: Don't you people have sinks and sponges?


Those are for the maid.
 
2022-09-25 3:56:20 PM  

bifster: Um, folks who have silverware baskets with individual slots for forks & knives.

Won't work the other way around - at least for forks (KitchenAid)


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My Bosch has two baskets similar to that, but the top has hinges so you can fold the slots out of the way if you want to.
 
2022-09-25 3:58:47 PM  

namegoeshere: Bowls. I never know how to do the bowls. They take up so much more room in there than they should.


Don't put them in the tableware holder.
 
2022-09-25 4:28:22 PM  

dionysusaur: Carter Pewterschmidt: I have a Miele which has a whole tray for cutlery so I lay them down flat in their slots.
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All you poors with cheap ass dishwashers can do what you want in your hovels,

VERY nice. Any reliability issues ... yet?


Miele are built to last. My first Miele washing machine lasted twenty three years before developing a fault so I replaced it with another Miele six years ago. I had a Bosch dishwasher that lasted twenty five years and then I bought the Miele. My tumble dryer is Bosch, even I balk at the price Miele charge for dryers.
I've had pretty good service from all my appliances.
 
2022-09-25 5:08:12 PM  

SpectroBoy: Fork must go pointing up or the tine start dropping through the basket.
Spoons alternate up and down to prevent nesting.
Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)
Butter knives don't matter

I'm not ADHD you are.


I agree with these rules (except the spoons, they will still nest), but as a clumsy person I leave the basket on the counter until I am ready to run the dishwasher. High probability I will trip, impale myself on said silverware basket and end up on Fark otherwise.
 
2022-09-25 5:11:25 PM  
My forks and spoons have handles thin enough to slip through the holes in my basket. Those get pointed down. The others get pointed up, so the dishwasher might be able to spray them better.

My flatware knives don't have sharp blades. My block knives certainly do, but they have wooden handles, and get washed by hand.
 
2022-09-25 5:13:27 PM  
Related question, which way are step-siblings supposed to get stuck in the dishwasher?
 
2022-09-25 5:13:32 PM  

casey17: Good gawd, this is like a pizza / tipping thread all over again.

Carry on.


Just tip your waiter for the Chicago-style pineapple pizza.
 
2022-09-25 6:56:01 PM  

SpectroBoy: Diagonal: You put utensils in with the handles down so that when you take them out, your dirty, nasty, little germ-ridden fingers get all over the working end. It is the ultimate height of health & hygiene!

Take that chemtrails!

Who unloads a dishwasher with dirty hands?!?
Ewwww.


Based solely on personal experience-- pretty much everybody.

Do you wash your hands conscientiously before unloading the dishwasher?
 
2022-09-25 7:40:01 PM  
Csb:  I was down in Florida for a seminar.  Went to lunch on my own one day.  Order some food and when it came, they didn't bring a knife and fork.

I ask the server "May I have some cutlery?"

She looks at me like I am an alien.

I repeat the request.

again, look of utter confusion.

She then says "oh!  You mean silverware!" and trots off.

She come back with a plastic fork and knife.

So she corrected me to be wrong.
 
2022-09-25 7:44:04 PM  

TorontoTonto: Csb:  I was down in Florida for a seminar.  Went to lunch on my own one day.  Order some food and when it came, they didn't bring a knife and fork.

I ask the server "May I have some cutlery?"

She looks at me like I am an alien.

I repeat the request.

again, look of utter confusion.

She then says "oh!  You mean silverware!" and trots off.

She come back with a plastic fork and knife.

So she corrected me to be wrong.


She probably spelled it 'silverwear' in her mind.

Next time, just ask for a fork n' knife - preferably spoken quickly, with a New England accent, to get their attention.
 
2022-09-25 8:31:45 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: I have a Miele which has a whole tray for cutlery so I lay them down flat in their slots.
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All you poors with cheap ass dishwashers can do what you want in your hovels,


I bought a Whirlpool with a third rack. Total boondoggle. The machine isn't any taller than regular so the 3rd rack reduces the clearance of the standard upper rack. I removed the third rack after a week, but due to a brilliant design decision, the actual slides can be removed only from the outside. I'm not uninstalling it just to do that, so they still get in the way of some things.
 
2022-09-25 8:53:25 PM  

TorontoTonto: Csb:  I was down in Florida for a seminar.  Went to lunch on my own one day.  Order some food and when it came, they didn't bring a knife and fork.

I ask the server "May I have some cutlery?"

She looks at me like I am an alien.

I repeat the request.

again, look of utter confusion.

She then says "oh!  You mean silverware!" and trots off.

She come back with a plastic fork and knife.

So she corrected me to be wrong.


I ask the server to bring 'tools' instead - that works pretty well.
 
2022-09-25 8:54:04 PM  
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2022-09-25 9:03:44 PM  

dionysusaur: TorontoTonto: Csb:  I was down in Florida for a seminar.  Went to lunch on my own one day.  Order some food and when it came, they didn't bring a knife and fork.

I ask the server "May I have some cutlery?"

She looks at me like I am an alien.

I repeat the request.

again, look of utter confusion.

She then says "oh!  You mean silverware!" and trots off.

She come back with a plastic fork and knife.

So she corrected me to be wrong.

I ask the server to bring 'tools' instead - that works pretty well.


Stabber and grabber.
 
2022-09-25 9:46:22 PM  

Oreamnos: Carter Pewterschmidt: I have a Miele which has a whole tray for cutlery so I lay them down flat in their slots.
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All you poors with cheap ass dishwashers can do what you want in your hovels,

I bought a Whirlpool with a third rack. Total boondoggle. The machine isn't any taller than regular so the 3rd rack reduces the clearance of the standard upper rack. I removed the third rack after a week, but due to a brilliant design decision, the actual slides can be removed only from the outside. I'm not uninstalling it just to do that, so they still get in the way of some things.


On the Miele the middle rack is adjustable in height, even when fully loaded, so I've never had a problem. And the cutlery rack just slides out if you want to remove it and have that extra height for the upper rack.
 
2022-09-25 10:07:07 PM  

kdawg7736: All my silverware points up after I hand wash them. I have no dishwasher.


All my silverware is flat on a dish towel when I'm done washing it. I don't dedicate space to a drying rack, I just wash iat, dry it, and put it away. I have a dishwasher, but I hate emptying them so much I've never used it in the 14 years I've been here.

/The best part about working from home? Never having to deal with my kitchen duty day and empty the dishwasher. Rinse your farking dishes and put them open end down, people. I don't want to get my hands covered with bowls and mugs of your nasty-ass dishwasher soup.
 
2022-09-25 11:06:48 PM  
silverware up, steak knives down. as God intended.
 
2022-09-26 12:11:28 AM  

Gonz: SpectroBoy: Steak knives point up of they drop through and do damage (but should go in the horizontal sharps tray)

Steak knives get hand washed, and the sooner after use, the better, as this does not allow food to get dried on.

No knife sharper than a butter knife should ever go in the dishwasher. If you put a chef's knife in there, I just assume you do the same with your cast iron.


THIS.
In the group home in which I work it's been a real battle to get people to stop putting the chef's knife et al in the damn dishwasher.  Completely ruins the edge as well as the temper of the blade.
Won't hold an edge for beans.
 
2022-09-26 4:31:39 AM  
Never mind that the designers of modern dishwashers built a tool that relentlessly washes things so well that any fool can randomly chuck stuff into the cleaning space and have an excellent chance of getting a clean item back.
That's not the point. Nope, not really the point at all, is it?

Kids aren't born like this.  They're mostly reasonable and don't give a fark to start with.  But somewhere along the way some sick individual takes innocent children (mostly girls) and installs a neurotic compulsion over how the dishwasher gets loaded!  I find that frightening!  Where did this originate and why won't anyone tell?
 
2022-09-26 6:45:18 AM  
Proper cleaning and loading methods can even differ in products made by the same brand, and it's important to pour over your manual to keep that expensive appliance (and your beloved glassware) in tip-top shape for years to come.

I pored over this statement in the article. I don't have the energy yet to create a witty retort this morning.
 
2022-09-26 7:50:43 AM  

syzygy whizz: In the group home in which I work it's been a real battle to get people to stop putting the chef's knife et al in the damn dishwasher.

Completely ruins the edge as well as the temper of the blade.
Won't hold an edge for beans.


HOW FRIGGIN' HOT IS YOUR DISHWASHER?!?
 
2022-09-26 9:43:33 AM  
I have a one bedroom apartment with a dishwasher.  There is almost no cupboard space, so I handwash dishes, (how many can one person have) and the clean dishes go in the dishwasher.  It holds so many more dishes than the cupboard will.  I put some absorbent packets in there to help keep it dry and mildew free as well as an open box of baking soda.  Works great.

Of course I have a drawer for the silverware.  I am not an animal!
 
2022-09-26 4:20:47 PM  
No dishwasher, but my kid, who will not was a dish or wipe a counter if his life depended on it, has every dish, cup, knife, fork, and spoon balanced around his computer.  He left me one of everything, unmatched stuff that he is forbidden to use.  Now when he creeps out to furtively cook a pop tart or a breakfast sandwich- his staple foods, he puts them on a paper towel and scurries back to the filth lair.  I tried to alter his behavior after he moved in when his parents died, but no go.  So I just have one of everything to handwash.
 
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