|Dishwasher in CH||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The House Diet (cdmemployees.org)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 15:33:01 -0700 (MST)|
I live in Eno Commons, Durham NC USA, where every Tuesday night and every other Sunday, we feed 30 - 45 human beings. And we still have the system where *everybody* cooks and the *cooking team* pays for the dinner it makes so it all works out in the end, without accounting. We have a commercial dishwasher. Way back when we were mulling over choices, I was a bit of an advocate for home dishwashers instead of a commercial one. I'm glad I lost the day because now I adore our commercial dishwasher. 1. QUICK: It completes a load in under 3 minutes. Each load is probably 1/3 - 1/5 of what you could load into a home washer. HOWEVER, 5 loads x 3 minutes = 15 minutes of wash time, versus 70 - 90 minutes for the same amount of dishes in a residential washer. BTW - You can run 25 glasses in one load in a commercial washer. That's 3 minutes to wash virtually all of your glasses. 2. CAPACITY: you can fit odd-sized things in a commercial dishwasher that you could never in a million years get in a home dishwasher. (Like busing trays.) I took the SafeServe class on sanitation a few years back and feel very strongly that *EVERYTHING* in a common kitchen like ours should go through the dishwasher to rinse off or boil to death any germs that might be lurking. (I'm not a big fan of chemical sanitizing, though. I hate the thought of "antibacterial" soap.) 3. Pre-rinsing: All you need to do to "pre-rinse" your dishes is fill a dish pan with water and keep reusing that same water over and over in the pan to get the food stuffs off the dishes. There is no need to rinse in clean water, though I know lots of people who feel like their dishes should be clean before their home dishwasher cleans them, and I've never understood that. Also, our commercial washer has a screen at the bottom that prevents larger food particles from going down the drain. You do have to clean that out at the end of the day. HOWEVER - people should not be putting food-laden dishes in any dishwasher anywhere because the food bits end up in your city's sewage system and cause blockages, or end up taking up space in your septic tank. (Same for garbage disposals.) 3. NOISE - Commercial dish washers are loud, really loud, no doubt, but it's possible to close off our kitchen from the rest of the dining hall and that really controls the noise a lot. And, since it doesn't have to run terribly long, and since there's lag time between each load (for loading and unloading the wash racks) it's pretty bearable. I would definitely trade the volume for the quickness. Running the vacuum cleaner, which we do after every meal, is more annoying than the dishwasher. Christine Della Maggiora Eno Commons _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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