Do you own a dish washer? If no, who washes the dishes in your house?
We do not own a dish washer and I find that people give me funny looks when I say I don't have one. When we got the kitchen re-designed there wasn't enough space and I wasn't willing to give up on cupboards. To tell you the truth, I don't mind washing the dishes, it gives me time to think and day dream. It is one of those home duties I am quite joyful about doing!! However I am not so fond of drying the dishes.
According to my 1933 cook book "New Standard Cookery", there are rules that we should follow when undertaking dish washing:
So what should we be doing:Washing-up is usually looked upon as one of the humblest and more irksome of household tasks, and therefore performed without much method. Actually it is a job, which requires careful planning, so that it may be executed as satisfactorily as possible. If the task is performed in a careless or slovenly manner, for receptacles become tainted, and silver, glass and china lose all their lustre.
- Sort piles of dishes, never throw knives and silver together
- Washing up water should be very hot - have a second kettle ready for those greasy items
- A small quantity of soup is necessary (soap flakes or powder)
- Wash glasses first and dry whilst they are steaming hot
- Next wash silver utensils and give them an extra rub while drying so they shine
- China should be next, cleaner plates first
- Last of all the pots and pans - hard scrubbing may be required for pots and pans and you may need to use a steel-wool cleaner
- Never completely immerse the knives in water otherwise their handles will spoil
- If water becomes dirty change
- Don't forget to rinse items in second basin
and . . . don't forget to take care of your sink: wash dish-cloth with boiling water and squeeze, next wash basin, pour more hot water into sink to clean vent pipes and remove any grease. It is a good plan to always carry the water in which cauliflowers, cabbage and other greens into the garden or to throw it down "the gulley outside the scullery". When poured down the sink it leaves a very unpleasant smell.
My only comment to these instructions - a lot of boiling water is used, meaning lots of kettles being boiled and what of the women's hands - they must have been tough!!