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post #16 of 29
Beecharmer: I have learned my lesson the hard way as far as letting it go down the drain. After hearing hubby $%#@$%#@ for about 20 minutes while taking the pipes under sink apart to unclog the drain. He pulled out a perfectly mold shape of my pipes in grease. My son walked into the kitchen and thought that I had rolled butter up into a tube shape until I told him what it was. You should have seen the look on his face after that one. icon_lol.gif

Now I microwave the tips, that tip was a godsend!! Can we microwave the couplers and bags too?? icon_wink.gif I still use the sink and let everything go down the drain but now it is followed faithfully by 10 minutes of super hot water going down the drain behind it.

I only accidently threw my tips out the door once. I discovered it the next morning on my way to work in the driveway. The chickens had a field day with pecking it to death. Little devils, icon_evil.gif they will try to eat anything!!!
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post #17 of 29
Beecharmer,

I'm with you. I dump as much icing as possible in the trash, not in the sink. I just paid $18,000 for a new septic system. I don't blame icing on the failure; but it was a wake up call. I don't go as far as dumping the water outside; but I did during the time my between when my septic failed and the new one was ready to use.
LINDA
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LINDA
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post #18 of 29
I didn't think you could put metal in a microwave.
post #19 of 29
After squeezing all the icing out of the bags (tips off), I then use the hot water tap running into the bag to clear out the rest of the icing as I work the bag to inside-out in order to get the other half of the coupler out. The bag is pretty clean by then and easy to wash in sudsy water. Then I use the microwave method (thank you, thank you, thank you whoever first thought of sharing this idea) for both the tips and couplers. Boy does that clean things out well!

All the other little bowls and things that need cleaning -- isn't that what children are for?!?! icon_lol.gif They love licking them clean and then our "dishwashing kid of the month" gets to wash up.
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post #20 of 29
If you do more than a cake or two at a time I think that's considered child labor! UNless they are over 10, then go for it! My kids are like flies when I have icing out, if I let them lick all they wanted they'd be diabetics by now!!!
I love the new microwave tip cleaning method, but I also like putting them in the dishwasher inside of the little basket that was formerly used for pacifiers and bottle parts!
I just found out that letting them go down the disposal doesn't do any good for tips.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by blittle6

I keep a big bowl beside me as I work where I toss in used measuring cups, teaspoons, and smaller bowls. It helps keep the mess somewhat contained. Scoobam...you must have gotten a husband "upgrade"....mine just shuts down near the kitchen...lol!!!

Berta



Since I'm a husband, does that mean I get a wife "upgrade" to clean up after me? icon_razz.gifthumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif

Joe
post #22 of 29
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Sure! Take whatever sort of imaginary upgrade you need. icon_smile.gif

Our local utility company (water) has asked us not to put frostings, salad dressing, and other fats down the drain because they create buildup in pipes and treatment plants! I never would have thought of that...

Thanks for all your good ideas so far.

I thought of one thing I do when cleaning up a powdery or crumby countertop: I take a piece of cardboard or something else with a firm, straight edge and use it to scrape all the dry junk off the counter into the garbage can.
post #23 of 29
HollyPJ,
there is a tool called a bench scraper that professional bakers use for various things including cleaning off the work surface. It is rectangular, usually has a rubber or plastic handle and a metal blade. Not that I would recommend using it on all counter surfaces, it would likely scratch a few, but your cardboard idea is a take on these. There is also those plastic scapers that some folks use amongst other things, to apply icing to their cakes and to smooth their cakes. But hey, cardboard works well too!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #24 of 29
aaahhh...Squirrellycakes...exactly what I was going to say!! haha... I use my bench scaper (metal) and if it's not handy - whenever you purchase Pampered Chef stoneware, it comes with these pretty sturdy little square plastic scrapers to clean the stoneware with...they work wonders on countertops...especiallly granite. The edges of them are rounded and because they're a little bit thicker than a plastic bench scraper you can really put some elbow grease into them without bending them...when you've got something stuck to the counter top. I just spray the stuck on whatever it is with just a little bit of cleaner and go to town!

Also, a tip for white counters or cabinetry....when your red or black or blue or purple or other brightly colored icing gets flung around the room (whether by a mishap with your mixer or your 5 yr old - don't ask!!) even after using a household cleaner, there still can be a stain from the coloring. I keep a little spray bottle of undiluted lemon juice in the fridge and just spray the spot and let it sit for as long as possible...sometimes overnight. The natural whitening agents in the lemon juice just make the stain disappear! And it doesn't harm the finish...at least it didn't with me! icon_smile.gif
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post #25 of 29
And if the lemon juice doesn't work, baking soda will, but again, certain surfaces it will scratch. I tend to soak a dishcloth in bleach and just place it on the counter to get rid of these stains, but bleach on certain hard arbourite surfaces, will discolour the surface so you really need to know what you can safely use on your countertop or work surface.
Chances are if you really like your counter surface, anything will ruin it. If you really hate your counter surface and are looking for any possible reason to get rid of it, nothing will harm it, go figure, haha! I have one of those, haha!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #26 of 29
I save those plastic "dummy" credit cards you get in the mail and use those for scraping. They work great for scraping the sides of the pans too.
LINDA
Groveland, MA
Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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LINDA
Groveland, MA
Little? Ya, I'm only 4'9.25".
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post #27 of 29
I have to say I am with Sangria on this one!! =o) Love that idea!!! and I AM the dishwasher around my house, so I am DEFIANTELY going to try the microwave thing!! and I can't wait!!

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who lets them SOAK for a while, and even lets the icing get crusty every now and then =o) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA icon_wink.gif
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Beecharmer

I didn't think you could put metal in a microwave.



You can if they're in a microwave safe bowl and there is enough water to cover them generously.
post #29 of 29
The microwave thing is the best tip I have gotten off of this website. It is a little scary the first time you do it... but it works like a charm.
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