Re: Kitchen Dishware & Dishwashers
From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:26:27 -0800 (PST)
RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend WA. We've been using our common house 
kitchen for 16 years.

We like Corelle dishes for a number of reasons:
Lightweight, very difficult to break, stack uniformly, dry quickly when hot, 
and we were able, over the years, to accumulate quite a lot without buying them 
new, just keeping an eye on yard sales and Goodwill.
We use dinner plates, small plates, soup bowls, little dessert bowls. Dishes 
for about 40 fit easily on the top shelf of our Rubbermaid rollie cart, to roll 
between the serving line and the kitchen where they are unloaded from the 
dishwasher. Back stock for when more are needed is kept in a kitchen  cupboard. 

We use a counter-top stainless-steel sanitizer, sliding trays in and out 
without ever needing to pick up a tray full of dishes. In all these years, 
we've had almost no maintenance issues with the sanitizer. Nor any complaints 
that it's hard to use. Because it is quick, on the infrequent occasion when we 
have a big affair-- neighborhood picnic, hours-long fundraiser -- we can wash 
dishes and cycle them back to the serving area, ongoing. One day, I did dishes 
for 250 meals! (Because our sanitizer does not heat water on demand, we make 
the hot water last by not using the messy sprayer, instead rinsing dishes with 
a dishpan of hot soapy water and a dish brush.)

Our kitchen is open to the dining room, and the dishwasher makes noise, but 
it's normally used after most people are done eating and the sound level is 
fine for conversations in the kitchen during clean up. 

We also have a triple sink for pots and pans, and a regular kitchen sink, with 
a drainer rack beside it, where stray dishes can be washed with soap and hot 

We have assorted serving dishes, but these include a number of Corelle serving 
bowls, which  stack compactly. 

Maraiah Lynn Nadeau

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