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post #16 of 48
Thanks! I definitely see your point of view, and I am not a licensed cake decorator, if I were, it would be out of my home without my animals.
I really wasn't taking anything personal, just offering another point of view. I value all of your opinions! thumbs_up.gif
post #17 of 48
I am sure that everyone feels differently on how one should run their business.

Some think cakes should be baked in places only outside the home. Others feel the home is a better place to do so.

Some thinks pets are ok and others don't.

Personally I am a major pet lover and it wouldn't bother me if someone had a house full of pets and baked my cakes.

However, I'm a big NON smoker and hate the thought of someone smoking while making my cake or even having it on their fingers.

Truth be told we don't know what goes on in most kitchens, homes or professional.

If someone is so picky then they shouldn't eat at places they have not personally checked out.

If you knew some of the gross things that happens in restaurants or that are even served to people in a hospital you would be sick.

I hope everyone here runs a clean kitchen and takes the best of care when they bake. However, I don't think we should be telling others how to run their business. Not everyone agrees and it's only going to cause ill feelings we try to tell others that our way is the right way and others are not doing it right.
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
post #18 of 48
I would never tell someone how to run their business, but it goes without saying that as soon as your cake is made for the public (i.e. WEDDING CAKE that is consumed by guests) that you NEED to be concerned about what you do in your kitchen.

Sure, what I don't know won't kill me, but having pets lick or sniff around cake is just not sanitary. There is no way anyone can argue that. YES, there are other unsanitary things, too that can be equally disturbing, but those are givens. Of course peole should wash their hands and have a clean work area and not smoke while they are baking. Does everyone do that? I don't know. Probably not. But that doesn't mean I'm going to say "Oh, well."

It's not about being an animal lover. You can love your pets and still understand that they shouldn't be near your work area.

That's all I'm trying to convey.
post #19 of 48
Ok that is what I don't understand. I love my animals and I do smoke. There is no way I would have my pets in the house while cooking. They are too small to get to the counters but there is the dog hair issue.

As for smoking, I don't care if the person who cooks for me is a smoker. As long as they are not holding a cigarette in their mouth like Peggy Bundy while cooking my food. I don't smoke while doing any of my cooking. I need both hands to bake icon_smile.gif
post #20 of 48
Oh, do I feel the pain. I have 9 dogs. and a child gate between the kitchen and the rest of the house. They, the dogs, know the word OUT! It is so easy to have happen, even when your really careful. All in all, a good catch getting everything taken care of in time. The cake is very nice. Good Work!
post #21 of 48
and I'm mopping as you guys are

most restaurant kitchens think it's not cost effective to close to do major clean up.

I have a small place...and only do custom work..but I do close one day a week for heavy cleaning and..

I have a steamer...that I break out when ever I see to much caked up junk on stuff..

I do my best to try to run clean every day, but as a one man show..sometimes I get carried away and speed over takes my neatness...

but I can breathe easy coz I KNOW..that I run a tight ship down in my little pink dungeon...

as a matter of fact...I need to break out the steamer before the first of the year so '07 will find me spick and span..bright and shiny like a new penny!
post #22 of 48
OOH I love my steamer. I have one that steam cleans my floors and I can use as a cleaner too. Of course I clean with cleaners too but aren't they great!
post #23 of 48
Originally Posted by patticakesnc

OOH I love my steamer. I have one that steam cleans my floors and I can use as a cleaner too. Of course I clean with cleaners too but aren't they great!

I absolutely could NOT function without Even though my location was a former sort of medical treatment place, they did facials and non surgical proceedures, so I know they kept the place to standards..I make sure that I give that piece of equipment a work out.

also, my floors are white..yuck..they show EVERYTHING..I can't even spill a drop of coffee without it becoming a major issue...never mind a crumb!

It drives me crazy..but..if I keep on top of stuff, it doesn't become that much more work later on.

At school, every day after class they had am and pm classes ..we would wash and remove all the shelving and wash down the floors and then bring everything back in and wrap everything back up with seran wrap.

Then at the end of term...we would break every thing down every 9 days and give everything a deep cleaning, from the fridge and freezer gaskets with bleach to the underside of the work tables..

Good habits to learn ...too bad most restaurants think that closing to clean is not cost effective..


If I had my dream kitchen...It would be all stainless steel from top to bottom and all I had to do is close the door press a button and it would be self cleaning with water shooting out of the walls , ceilings and it would self dry

yeah..that's the
post #24 of 48
I once worked with a girl in a snazzy downtown restaurant. She was awlays covered in pet hair and her own long hair. They once found her hair in one of the desserts.
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post #25 of 48
Ewwww. I have found hair in my food before (from a restaurant) that is gross. I slick my hair back into a pony tail and lint brush myself before cooking. I would be so embarassed if someone found a hair in their food.

Risque, I agree. I would love to have a kitchen like that too!
post #26 of 48
I agree everything should be clean and hair free. However, I do have two dogs and they stay inside when I cook. They have a doggy door and if they need to go outside they have to walk through the kitchen. I would bet even though they do that no one will ever find a hair (mine or the dogs) in anything I make.

Most people come to my house and say they wouldn't ever know a dog lived here. I have a sister I live with that cleans all day and every day.
A bit OCD really.

I wish everyone would have a clean house and wash their hands and pull their hair back but we all know there are many people and business that don't.

I really don't think being legal or not even tells someone if they are clean or not. Personally I wouldn't eat at a place that I have not been able to go to see if it was clean (a home business) no matter if they were legal or not.

I'm sure everyone on this forum thinks they are clean and does everything by the book. I was just saying that posting something saying YUCK or Ewwww makes it sound like they are a filthy person. That's only going to cause hurt feelings.
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
post #27 of 48

lol, I only posted what I would 've said in person if I had been told that very same

and I'm sure there were no hard feelings as a LOT of people did pat her on the back to tell her what a great save!!

I'm sure that you are right about places..and a lot of times I have the curtain that separates my working area from the front drawn back as I have nothing to hide from my

I just don't like to turn around and "BUMP" into them as my place is so

and right now, my coffee machined decided to die on me so I have a willy nilly mess under my coffee counter..( I had a bit of a water leak from the

And doing my best to get organized, but these people just wont leave me alone!

I know...Ask your sister to come over I wouldn't mind someone with a little OCD for a bit..!!!
post #28 of 48
Joanne my Ewww was directed at the post above me not anything or anyone else. I am sure you would think the same thing if you imagined someone covered in dog hair making your food.

I don't think because people have dogs in their house they are nasty or have nasty houses. My mom and my sister have inside dogs and you would never know it. Momma even has a long haired cat and you would never know Mikey was there either. (cool thing is he is house trained, no litter boxes!) I just have never been lucky enough to manage to have kids and dogs inside and dog hair not be on everything. No matter how much I cleaned. I honestly don't know how people do it but I know they do. That is why my dogs stay outside. My kids are enough to clean up after icon_smile.gif
post #29 of 48

I would love to send you my sister for a few days. icon_lol.gif When I first moved in with her I thought it was great how clean she was. But now, it sort of bugs me. The minute she gets up she starts to clean and continues to do so until it's almost bed time.

This is a true story. I went out in the living room the other day and she had the Roomba going and was also vacuuming with the regular vacuum at the same time...... She was in hog heaven. icon_lol.gif

I hate when I bake because she goes crazy when she walks into the kitchen and sees a mess. I have to kick her out until I'm finished and cleaned up. Then no matter how clean I make the kitchen she is in there right after me doing it all over.

I love her to death but she can drive me crazy at time. So, what time do you want her? icon_lol.gif
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
Joanne "It's all about the cake!"
post #30 of 48

ASAP if you I wouldn't mind going down to the beach while she cleaned!

I was on google looking for pictures of FLYING MONKEYS>.don't ask...

and I found a silly cartoon ..related to this thread..

it was a hospital operating room...they were ready to operate on a gentleman...and the operating bed was a dogs the dog had his mouth open and tongue out with the man on it...)

The cartoon was showing...inovative operating room equipment..

And the Operating doctor is turning to the other doctors and is saying..


It was more meaningful after having read this
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