The Ultimate Cookware Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Today's cleaning supplies are made of very strong chemicals, and we don't yet know the full effects of these chemicals on the human body. Rather than take the risk of using them, why not try some clever, old-world methods to keep your cookware clean? Take our quiz and find out how to clean cookware the old-fashioned way.

Which of these tips will help you prevent heat stains from developing on your cookware?

  • Don't set your fire so high that the flames reach the sides of your cookware.
  • Don't use gas stoves -- electric ranges only.
  • Don't use cookware made of metal unless it's been soaked in vinegar.

If you soak aluminum in soapy water, what is likely to happen?

  • The aluminum will soak up the taste of the soap.
  • The aluminum will begin to rust.
  • The aluminum will become discolored.

The secret weapon in the war against aluminum discoloration is which of these sandwich spreads?

  • mayonnaise
  • cream of tartar
  • pesto sauce

Which of these should you use to season cast-iron pots and pans?

  • salt and pepper
  • lemon juice
  • vegetable oil

Which of these cleaning methods is most likely to remove the seasoning from a cast-iron pan?

  • washing by hand
  • using the dishwasher
  • soaking in soapy water

To remove clay dust from new clay cookware, you should do which of these?

  • Season the clay as you would season cast-iron.
  • Soak the clay pot in water, and then scrub the item with a stiff brush.
  • Send the pot through a few dishwasher cycles.

What is the purpose of parchment paper?

  • You use parchment paper to protect clay cookware from staining, and from soaking up food flavors.
  • You use parchment paper to clean cookware made of clay.
  • You use parchment paper to write religious texts in ancient languages.

Before you use a new copper pot, you should check whether you need to remove what?

  • the price tag
  • the manufacturer's label
  • the protective lacquer coating

You can make your own copper polish with which of these sets of ingredients?

  • lemon juice, red wine, and cider vinegar
  • salt, vinegar, and flour
  • milk, cream of tartar, and olive oil

To deodorize plastic containers, you should use which of these?

  • newspaper
  • olive oil
  • vinegar

What should you do to prevent water spots from forming on stainless steel?

  • Dry it immediately.
  • Wash it in cold water only.
  • Rub olive oil on it before you wash it.

You can use which of these to polish stainless steel?

  • lemon juice and steel wool
  • toothpaste and an old toothbrush
  • baking soda and a scouring pad

After you've washed a non-stick pan, you should do which of these?

  • Sprinkle a touch of baking soda to deodorize them.
  • Coat them with a touch of vegetable oil.
  • Soak them in vinegar to prevent mold.

If you soak non-stick pots and pans in soapy water, what will happen?

  • They will come out clean and shiny.
  • The non-stick coating will peel off.
  • The taste of the soap will seep into the pot.

Which of these should you never wash in the dishwasher?

  • silverware
  • wooden items
  • glass cookware

If you want to deodorize your wooden cutting boards, what should you use?

  • red wine
  • toothpaste
  • lemon wedges

Which of these helps restore the finish on wood products?

  • linseed oil
  • vinegar
  • milk

Which of these types of cookware is always dishwasher safe?

  • clay
  • glass
  • cast-iron

If you left something to boil in a glass pot and now all the liquid has evaporated, what should you do?

  • Refill the pot immediately.
  • Turn off the fire, and stay as far away as possible from the pot.
  • Pour a cup of salt into the pot to absorb the heat.

To remove mineral deposits from glass coffee pots and teapots, what should you do?

  • Dust the pots with baking soda, and scrub vigorously with a steel-wool pad.
  • Run the pots through three consecutive dishwasher cycles at the highest temperature setting.
  • Boil cider vinegar in the pots for 15 minutes, and then wipe away the mineral deposits.