Did you know that you can clean and disinfect your kitchen sponge by putting it in the microwave? How did I miss this for so many years?
I’m a bit of a nerd in the kitchen, in that I like to know about the chemistry behind things that happen when I’m cooking. I recently finished a very interesting book – What Einstein Told His Cook, by Robert L. Wolke. It explains kitchen science in terms that those of us who are chemistry-challenged can understand.
The other night I read a section of the book that was talking about bacteria and germs in the kitchen. I hate those! It told me to clean the kitchen sponge regularly. And to do that, you can do several things, the easiest of which is to microwave it. I was quite skeptical, but earlier in the book, the author had explained the mechanics behind how a microwave heats things, so it totally made sense!
Am I nerding you out right now? Probably.
I’m even willing to offer you a second source for this piece of information. I’ve moved on to another great book – Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done – which was one of my Christmas gift choices this year. And wouldn’t you know that the first chapter is titled “Clean Kitchen Hacks.” And right there on page 16 is a recommendation to microwave your sponge!
I typically go through sponges pretty quickly. I just buy more and throw them out when I think they’ve had enough. I suppose instead I can microwave them and know for sure that they’re clean – at least for now.
So if you’re interested in using the microwave to clean your sponge, be sure to wet it thoroughly (squeezing out some of the excess) and place it in the center of the microwave, then zip it for XX minutes on high power.
There you go – your kitchen tip for today. Your welcome.