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December 20, 2009 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #590979PhyllisMember
How do you get your cholent pot clean after Shabbos? Even after soaking mine in detergent and warm water overnight it still seems to have a smell! Any suggestions?December 20, 2009 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm #767069
when you throw in the detergent throw in a bunch of baking soda as well…and besides, your chulent will be better the next week anyway, what with the years of accumulated smells and layers 😀December 20, 2009 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #767070smartcookieMember
Mine doesn’t smell and I use plain old fashioned ajax or cleanser. I use this for all my pots.December 20, 2009 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #767071jmattMember
Put water and a little bit of white vinegar and let it sit a little. It really works. (and no, it doesn’t smell like vinegar afterward.)December 20, 2009 4:24 pm at 4:24 pm #767072strivingMember
use a cholent bag!!!!December 20, 2009 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm #767073PhyllisMember
striving, I did start using that and I find it to be very helpful but they always and I mean always rip by the time shabbos day comes.December 20, 2009 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #767074
A crock pot bag should reduce the work in half at least. A good dish detergent is important too. I opt for a lemon smell.December 20, 2009 6:59 pm at 6:59 pm #767075happyOOTerParticipant
LOL, reminds me of my husband’s coffee mug…December 20, 2009 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #767076Be HappyParticipant
Use sterilising solution used to sterelise babys bottlesDecember 20, 2009 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #767077
When you put the lemon detergent in with some white distilled vinegar into the boiling water to soak, it should ideally be boiled up and left for a few hours to soak. Also the baking soda is excellent. Sometimes, I use St. Moritz oven cleaner and leave for a few hours.
For the coffee/tea mugs that are very discolored you can put a few drops of bleach into the cup with some lemon detergent and that makes them very clean. Rinse well and put in boiling water and they are like brand new.December 20, 2009 8:03 pm at 8:03 pm #767078
sandblast it…lolDecember 20, 2009 8:14 pm at 8:14 pm #767079mybatMember
Well I use vinegar for my kids milk cups. So that should work for the smell.December 20, 2009 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm #767080pookieMember
buy cholent from a storeDecember 20, 2009 8:45 pm at 8:45 pm #767081
pookie…lol what a boro park answer :D:D:DDecember 20, 2009 9:40 pm at 9:40 pm #767082bein_hasdorimParticipant
I always soak in lemon juice and boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
then I pour it out and immediately rinse with cold water.
The acidity of the lemon juice should neutralize the odor, as well as the hot water expands the pores of whatever the pot is made of to absorb it to a cetain extent.
In addition, lemon juice smells better than vinegar.December 20, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #767083Ben LeviParticipant
Dear Best Bubby,
If you really want to be the best bubby, take the St. Moritz and get rid of it!December 21, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am #767084bubbyrMember
I just spray pam into pot before I add the chulent. After Shabbos, I wash, if anything is left over, just put a couple of inches of water and dish detergent into pot and bring to a boil. Stuff comes right off.December 21, 2009 7:41 am at 7:41 am #767085
Hi Ben Levi! I do know the dangers of St. Moritz and it is LOCKED AWAY in a cupboard in the garage, no one else has the key and I am the only one to use it. I spray that on the stains of the shirts, collars and cuffs and then use vanish for coloreds or the other vanish for whites and it is amazing. You can not use it on silk but on cotton or cotton/polyester it is great! Thank you for your concern!December 21, 2009 3:30 pm at 3:30 pm #767086Ben LeviParticipant
Of course its amazing, that’s why it’s so dangerousDecember 21, 2009 3:40 pm at 3:40 pm #767087
Not to go off topic, but on ST. Moritz, a friend of ours daughter got severly burnt when sprayed by her older brother who managed to get the St. Moritz that was out of his reach. It was not a friendly situation…December 21, 2009 4:17 pm at 4:17 pm #767088Feif UnParticipant
There are a few different brands of crock pot liners. There are some Jewish companies that make them. For those, you usually have to put some water between the pot and the bag in order for it to work, and it still usually rips.
Reynolds makes a liner that doesn’t need water, and I’ve never yet had it rip on me.December 21, 2009 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm #7670891st timerParticipant
My cholent gets baked in an aluminum pan (keep it in oven or put into warming drawer before shabbos) and then thrown out afterwards. No clean-up at all.December 21, 2009 4:46 pm at 4:46 pm #767090
St. Moritz, like EASY-OFF or Mr. Muscle, is dangerous when mishandled. Children should never be allowed anywhere near it, of course. That goes without saying. Lock it up in a cabinet WITH A KEY and only have access to it yourself. What do you do with your bleach and ammonia? Kids can get into anything, including their grandparents’ or parents’ medication, so a bisseleh seichel is called-for. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, just be very careful. I never tried St. Moritz (Well Done, is the actual name of the product) on clothing, but I HAVE successfully used Tilex on white shirt mildew stains, when regular bleach did not work sufficiently well, and it saved those shirts which I was ready to cut up for rags, plus it also works great in coffee cups.December 21, 2009 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #767091dovershMember
Phyllis, possible you are setting yourself up for problems from the start? What do you do with the pot after you finish serving the chulnt at lunch? As far as I know it is muttar at that point to empty the pot and soak with cold water and dishwashing liquid (dilute the dishwashing liquid if you wish, but not necessary if you don’t handle or rub it, just pour directly into the water in the pot). It will be much less smelly and easy to clean after Shabbos.December 21, 2009 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #767092arcParticipant
The crock pot liner is a life saver, you chuck the bag and a quick wash of the pot is all you need(it doesnt affect the taste you need to put a cup of water in the pot before the bag). Otherwise soak the pot, use steel wool and elbow grease.December 21, 2009 6:47 pm at 6:47 pm #767093workingMember
I used it once but it melted- what did I do wrong? I followed the instructions to the TDecember 21, 2009 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #767094
youre not supposed to stop reading the instructions just because you hit a T…December 21, 2009 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #767095
Feif Un, I didnt know Reinolds makes crock pot liners, those should be good. i actually use a liner for my potato kugel also when putting it in the cholent.December 22, 2009 7:32 am at 7:32 am #767096
Hi oomis 1105! I don’t live in the States for many years and can not get TILEX here. Never heard of it. I do LOCK everything in a cupboard in the garage and I alone have the key, (and, it is not lying around on a key ring, for anyone to find). I am aware of the dangers Well Done has caused, but that is why it is safely locked away with bleach and other cleaning materials.
I am new on this website and I always find your advice very sound and helpful, especially with the shidduch scene. Be matzliach and may we continue to help each other!December 23, 2009 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #767097komaMember
Vegetarian cholent: Start with a base of carrot and onion mushed in the food proccessor with a bit of oil. Beans of many varieties, chick peas, lentils, wheat or barley. Potato sliced. Liberally spice ( my mix, whole coriander, whole pepper, cumin, ketzach (black “cumin”) fenugreek, bay leaf. In stainless pot on plata. Motse shabbos, wash pot. No stick no mess.
Heard from adam gadol: “you cannot die of protein deficiency without concomitant general malnutrition.”December 23, 2009 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #767098
” am new on this website and I always find your advice very sound and helpful, especially with the shidduch scene. Be matzliach and may we continue to help each other! “
Wow, Best Bubby, you made my day. Thank you. And I can only echo your own last line with an amein.December 23, 2009 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #767099
I meant to add to Best Bubby – if you cannot get Tilex (brand) can you get a solution of Sodium Hypochlorite? That is what Tilex basically is. It is a MUCH stronger form of regular chlorine bleach. I have found it to be invaluable in removing really stubborn stains from fabric safe/color safe items. I have used it to spot clean a white tablecloth from wine stains that were already set-in. You have to be careful, as some “whites” really are not white, they are white-colored and the bleach actually discolors them. But if I tried to clean something and nothing helped, I would be inclined to get rid of it, so the Tilex is always a last-ditch effort on such an item, and I have saved many of my husbands shirts that way. (I once left an entire load of white shirts in the laundry, damp, because it was erev yom tov and I forgot to dry them before bensching licht. By the time I was doing another laundry MANY days later, and discovered the wet shirts, they were so full of mold and mildew I was going to throw them out. I tried regular clorox, but it didn’t remove the black spots. Then I got the brilliant idea to try the Tilex on them. If it worked on the tiles, why not on the shirts? I sprayed each spot individually and it was amazing, B”H.
As with any bleach product keep it separate from the ammonia bottles.December 24, 2009 3:39 am at 3:39 am #767100pookieMember
bombmaniac, flatbush actuallyDecember 24, 2009 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #767101
Hi oomis 1105! Thanks for all the info. Where would I get Sodium HYPOChlorite? Is that the generic name? Would I have to ask in the chemist? I use the St. Motitz Well Done on whites and colors and all the collars and cuffs and any spots and it is fantastic. Then I wash on 40 degrees C and add the washing liquid to machine with vanish powder. There is a pink tub of Vanish for colors and a white tub for whites. Everything is like the day I bought it! B’H! I wash shirts by themselves, whites and colors seperately and when they are wet, I take them out from the machine, hang them on hangers and while wet spray with Faultless Regular Starch (from Costco), on the collars, cuffs and a quick all around, and leave to dry naturally. Then I iron with a steam iron. When one of my sons, came back from Yeshiva in Eretz he was so used to giving the shirts there to the launderette that he started to do it here. It is very expensive in London, and he stopped. He just gave me a compliment, “that no one does shirts like you, Mom, keep up the great work!”
I even use Well Done on the tablecloths, it is an amazing product and due to the accidents in Eretz and USA with it, they only have it in a few Kosher grocery stores.
And, yes I do lock it up in the garage and no one else has the key! You can soak tablecloths or whites (shirts) in soda cystals that have been dissolved in water to get out stains, in the last resort.
Wishing everyone a gutten erev Shabbos!December 24, 2009 9:04 pm at 9:04 pm #767102
BB, Tilex is made by the Clorox Co. so maybe you can order the product from them directly. After going on line, I do not recommend going to a chemist to get the solution. The WD-40 Co. in San Diego, California 92110, makes a similar product called X-14. Try writing to them for info.December 25, 2009 4:32 am at 4:32 am #767103smh1Member
To Working, re: the crock pot bag liners, it’s important to lift up the top edge of the bag so it is not in contact with the hot crockpot, esp. when it’s on high. You may be able to fold it down when it’s on low/warm. That may be why it melted.
My friend was concerned about the chemicals in the plastic leaching into the food for so many hours, so she wets some parchment paper, and lines the crock with that. I did that for a few weeks, but it always leaked somewhat, and the mess wasn’t worth it to me. So, I went back to the bags. (I consider it a “sholom bayis” solution bec. I used to ask my hubby to clean it, and he didn’t want to, so..)December 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am #767104
Thanks oomis1105 for all the info!December 25, 2009 4:55 pm at 4:55 pm #767105
My pleasure, best bubby (though I CLAIM THAT TITLE in my family).May 15, 2011 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm #767106
Regarding the chemicals from crock pot liners leaking into the food, is that true?May 15, 2011 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #767107rebecca is curiousMember
While doing a family name search,I found a posting from Nameless 2 years ago on this blog or a previous cholent blog with a description of Gershten soup.
I am curious to learn if this recipe comes from your family and if there is more history to be gained. This is my family name and there is so little mispucha that I know of or history. Any information would be most appreciated.May 15, 2011 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #767108
choulent recipes don’t belong here where the discussion is on how to clean the crockpot.May 15, 2011 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #767109trak443Participant
i heard that the plastic from the chulent bag leaks into the food!
i stopped using them!!!May 15, 2011 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #767110
Surprising that the FDA allows them to sell these crockpot liners if they aren’t healthy.May 15, 2011 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #767111popa_bar_abbaParticipant
Surprising that the FDA allows them to sell these crockpot liners if they aren’t healthy.
They are sold as shoebox liners. Then, the distributors repackage them as crockpot bags.May 15, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm #7671122qwertyParticipant
Cooking with any plastic and/or foil is dangerous.May 16, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am #767113
can people please provide links on the internet showing it is dangerous to cook with plastic? I am having a hard time finding any. thank you! Ima of threeMay 16, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am #767114doodle jumpParticipant
My crock pot has a teflon layer in it. Chulent literally slides out of the pot. Clean time is a breeze.May 16, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am #767115chavabrachaMember
This is one source that explains the potential dangers of heating plastic with your food. Some plastics leek chemicals such as BPA that could contribute to cancer or health issues.
Some plastics have a “BPA Free” label to reassure the consumer that it is safe for use with food. I personally don’t feel comfortable heating my food in plastic of any kind, because the risks don’t outweigh the benefits. It is better to be safe.May 16, 2011 4:49 am at 4:49 am #767117popa_bar_abbaParticipant
Some plastics have a “PBA Free” label to reassure the consumer that it is safe for use with food.
What do I have to do with this?May 16, 2011 4:58 am at 4:58 am #767118☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
What do I have to do with this?
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