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Let’s play a little word game. When I say dishwasher, you say……………………….. I’m guessing you’d say clean dishes, clean kitchen counters, quick, easy, hygienic, unpacking, packing and that sort of thing. I doubt you would say delicious chicken or poached pears or a 3 course lunch. But that is what I experienced earlier this week when I went to have a delicious 3 course lunch cooked for me by Ed Halmagyi aka Fast Ed. Who I’ve decided is just about the nicest celebrity chef out there… a genuinely nice guy.
Now I don’t have a dishwasher, not by choice but just because the house had no dishwasher and I knew it was going to be renovated………18 months of washing dishes for a family of 7 and I’m counting down until I get a dishwasher. Now for me a dishwasher is a great way to have clean dishes, save time in the kitchen, have an empty sink and kitchen counter and also cleaner dishes. A little fact is that less than 50% of all aussie households own a dishwasher. The way people have carried on when they hear I don’t have a dishwasher I would have thought it was more.
But I didn’t realise just how much more hygienic having a dishwasher in your kitchen is. That’s because a dishwasher cleans your dishes at a temperature of about 65 degrees and the hot tap water is about 38 degrees. Plus you could be spreading germs with your dishcloths and tea towels if you’re not using a dishwasher. Are you wiping hands or counters with the same tea towel that is drying your dishes. How often are you changing your dishcloths.
We met Marjorie who is the founder and owner of Australian Food Hygiene Services but let’s just call her the home hygiene guru. Her job is to train people in hygiene and she’s seen it all. I’m not sure I’d be prepared to have her in my kitchen or see my practices but she gave us a quiz…………………….and I got one question wrong. Marjorie knows her stuff. Apparently there are 7 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year and roughly 20% of those are reported to come from the home. But that figure could be higher considering it can sometimes take up 3 days for food poisoning to strike.
And so we talked how to clean chopping boards, how to defrost your chicken, how to keep food in the fridge….and here is an interesting fact. Once you open a can of beetroot and store it in the fridge (obviously in another container not the can) it will last 7 days…..can of corn……….24 hours. How many times have I had some corn in there for a few days to chuck in a stir fry or salad. That’s the end of that one. And how many times would you keep beetroot in the fridge longer than a week.
The real attraction of the day was Ed, he was cooking us a delicious lunch…………………with quite a few of the components cooked in the dishwasher. Yep the dishwasher. Have you heard of sous vide where they seal the food in a vacuum sealed bag and then cook it in a water bath. Well the dishwasher can give you the right temperature for cooking your food but don’t try this at home. It took a lot of practice for Ed to get it just right.
We had a few starters – I loved the scallops – cooked in the dishwasher. And the chicken was so delicious, moist and perfectly cooked. Yep in the dishwasher.
For dessert a delicious dish of poached pears in zinfandel with a bitter chocolate gateau and chocolate cherry ice cream. So delicious and Ed brought out a special dessert wine and personally poured it for each of the ladies there.
A big thank you to everyone involved especially Marjorie for letting us know how we should be doing things, Ed and his helpers for the delicious food and my gorgeous readers who came along and enjoyed lunch with me.
What a group of gorgeous ladies, it was like lunch with old friends and we had such a great time I’ve decided I need to do another lunch with my readers. Ed was only too happy to give Max a little cuddle and Max was only too happy to try to eat Ed’s buttons.
and why don’t you try the test yourself, pop over to www.homehygiene.com.au and see if you get full marks! I won’t tell you which one I got wrong but let me know how you go………………..and especially if you get full marks! We want to know about it. And while you are there you can check out some of the great promotions on offer at the moment when you buy a dishwasher