The Ultimate Cookware and Servingware Cleaning Quiz

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The Ultimate Cookware and Servingware Cleaning Quiz
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About This Quiz

Most of us love to eat, but hate to clean. The reality, however, is that behind every great meal, is even greater mess. Do you know the best way to keep your kitchen in the clear? Take our quiz, and learn how to clean you cookware and servingware most effectively.
Allowing aluminum cookware to soak in soapy water will have which of these results?
It will be easier to clean.
It will get discolored.
Aluminum can't stand in soapy water for extended periods of time; it will get discolored.
It will rust.

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Which of these sandwich condiments will help remove discoloration from aluminum?
ketchup
Tabasco sauce
cream of tartar
Cream of tarter works very well at removing stains from aluminum. If you don't have any, you can try lemon juice instead.

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The best way to remove burnt-on food from aluminum is with which of these?
a steel-wool soap pad
Burnt-on food sticks to the pan and hangs on for dear life! Try a steel-wool pad, but remember to wear rubber gloves so you don't damage your skin.
a soft, damp sponge
a high-pressure hose

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To polish aluminum you can make a paste out of which of these ingredients?
salt, oil, and vinegar
baking soda and water
Mix baking soda and vinegar until you get a thick paste -- it should look like spackle -- and use it to polish your aluminum cookware.
lemon juice and sugar

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If you don't season cast-iron, what will begin to happen?
It will begin to crack when you cook with it.
It will begin to overheat when you use it.
It will begin to rust.
Cast-iron needs to be seasoned, preferably with vegetable oil, or it will rust.

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Before you use clay cookware for the first time, you should do which of these?
Soak it, and wipe it down.
You should remove any clay dust from new clay cookware by soaking it, and then wiping it down.
Wash it in the dishwasher on the highest temperature setting.
Season it with olive oil.

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If you don't dry off clay cookware before putting it away, what is likely to happen?
It will rust.
It will crack.
It will get moldy.
Wet clay is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Make sure your clay cookware is completely dry before putting it away, and store these items with their lids off.

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If you mix 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, what will you get?
copper polish
Rather than spend money on expensive, and chemical-infested polishes, make a simple copper polish out of salt, flour, and vinegar.
a very small serving of salad dressing
a disinfectant

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To avoid scorching a copper pan, always make sure to do which of these?
Soak it in warm water before using it.
Clean it thoroughly between uses.
Make sure there is liquid, or melted fat, in the pan before placing it on the fire.
Never place a dry copper pan directly on the fire. It needs to have some liquid or fat in it, or the cooking surface will get scorched.

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To protect your china from chipping or breaking while you wash it, what should you do?
Wash it very slowly.
Pad the sink with towels.
Consider padding the sink with a towel so that your china doesn't hit the hard surface of the sink while you wash it. You can wrap a towel around the faucet as well.
Use only cold water to wash china.

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One advantage to washing sterling-silver flatware by hand is what?
It comes out cleaner.
It doesn't tarnish as quickly.
The intensity of the dish washer will cause silver to tarnish faster. If you wash your silver by hand, you will not need to polish it as often.
It has less chance of developing water spots.

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To deal with tarnished silver, you should soak it overnight in a solution made of water, vinegar, and which of these?
dried milk powder
The secret ingredient to a home-made silver polish is dried milk.
lemon juice
beer

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What is the best way to insert stemware into cleaning water?
stem first
top first
Hold the stem of the glass gently, and slowly introduce the top of the glass into the cleaning water, so that the glass has time to adjust to the temperature. If you introduce the glass by the stem, it could crack.
sideways

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Which of these should you add to cleaning water to help remove the grease from stemware?
bleach
ammonia
You can add ammonia to the cleaning liquid to help fight grease, but if you've used any bleach in that sink recently make sure you wipe down the sink first.
alcohol

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What should you do if you find that your glass coffeepots are developing mineral deposits?
Throw them out immediately.
Soak them in bleach for three days.
Boil cider vinegar in them for about 15 minutes.
The combination of acid and heat found in boiling vinegar breaks down mineral deposits.

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Why should you avoid soaking non-stick pans in soapy water?
The soap will eat away at the non-stick coating.
The coating could soak up the taste of the soap.
The coating used to make a pan non-stick is somewhat porous. If you soak the pan in soapy water, the taste of the soap might seep in.
The pan will rust.

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You can use a crumpled up piece of newspaper to do which of these?
Absorb odor from plastic containers.
Newspaper can absorb odor. If you find that a plastic container has an odor, seal a crumpled piece of newspaper in it overnight.
Wipe down your clean dishes.
Scrub water spots off of wine glasses.

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If you want to remove a stain from wood, you should use which of these?
Use a paste made of baking soda and lemon juice.
Use a mixture of chlorine bleach and water.
Chlorine bleach is most effective at removing stains from wood. Mix 1/4 of a cup of bleach with a quart of water.
Use a sharp knife to whittle away the stained wood.

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To remove the odor that develops on wood cutting boards, you should do which of these?
Clean them in the dishwasher.
Soak them in vinegar.
Rub them with lemon wedges.
Lemon juice not only cleans well, it adds a lovely scent. Cut a few wedges of lemon, and rub them on wooden surfaces to deodorize.

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Boiling which of these will produce a natural wood polish?
linseed oil
You can restore wood's natural finish by applying a few coats of boiled linseed oil. If you don't have any, you can try vegetable oil instead.
lemon juice
vinegar

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