The Ultimate Cookware and Servingware Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
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.
  • It will rust.

Which of these sandwich condiments will help remove discoloration from aluminum?

  • ketchup
  • Tabasco sauce
  • cream of tartar

The best way to remove burnt-on food from aluminum is with which of these?

  • a steel-wool soap pad
  • a soft, damp sponge
  • a high-pressure hose

To polish aluminum you can make a paste out of which of these ingredients?

  • salt, oil, and vinegar
  • baking soda and water
  • lemon juice and sugar

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.

Before you use clay cookware for the first time, you should do which of these?

  • Soak it, and wipe it down.
  • Wash it in the dishwasher on the highest temperature setting.
  • Season it with olive oil.

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.

If you mix 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, what will you get?

  • copper polish
  • a very small serving of salad dressing
  • a disinfectant

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.

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.
  • Use only cold water to wash china.

One advantage to washing sterling-silver flatware by hand is what?

  • It comes out cleaner.
  • It doesn't tarnish as quickly.
  • It has less chance of developing water spots.

To deal with tarnished silver, you should soak it overnight in a solution made of water, vinegar, and which of these?

  • dried milk powder
  • lemon juice
  • beer

What is the best way to insert stemware into cleaning water?

  • stem first
  • top first
  • sideways

Which of these should you add to cleaning water to help remove the grease from stemware?

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • alcohol

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.

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 pan will rust.

You can use a crumpled up piece of newspaper to do which of these?

  • Absorb odor from plastic containers.
  • Wipe down your clean dishes.
  • Scrub water spots off of wine glasses.

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.
  • Use a sharp knife to whittle away the stained wood.

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.

Boiling which of these will produce a natural wood polish?

  • linseed oil
  • lemon juice
  • vinegar