If you own lots of cookie cutters, you already know how difficult it is to keep them organized. Once you've managed to organize them, another problem occurs, which may lead to even more problems - cleaning and storing. Spending a lot of money on cookie cutters just to see your collection getting smaller and smaller because of how many of them you had to throw away because of rust or damage seems like torture. This article will be quite handy for everyone who can relate. Keep reading and prepare to say goodbye to destroyed cookie cutters.
Things you should consider
Cookie cutters are made of all sorts of materials, from food-safe plastic to tin. For example, the fish cookie cutters we've reviewed on www.fishcookiecutter.com are mostly made of plastics or stainless steel. Choosing one or the other is just a matter of preference that has nothing to do with how to care for the beloved kitchen utensils. Here, you will find tips on how to clean your cookie cutters for each material type:
Plastic cookie cutters are a bit controversial. They can be obtained through a variety of processes, including 3D printing. Plastic is not a safe material when exposed to certain exterior factors. For instance, high temperature can make plastic release toxins. More than that, a plastic cookie cutter will be turned into bits and pieces if placed anywhere near a source of heat, including water. This is why plastic cookie cutters must always be cleaned by hand, using special products and warm (not hot) water. The best part about plastic cookie cutters is that they can't rust. As long as you care for them correctly, they will last in time.
Tin cookie cutters are the cheapest, most popular ones. They are also the most difficult to take care of because of how sensitive this material is. Besides the fact that it bends so easily that storage becomes a nightmare, they can also tarnish and rust quickly. Tin cookie cutters can't be stored around any type of moist. They can't be cleaned using abrasives and water is their main enemy. A tin cookie cutter's contact with water should be as reduced as possible.
They should be cleaned by hand and properly dried in the oven. By skipping this last step, you risk having the cookie cutters rust in the places where you couldn't reach with a cloth, like the ones within the soldered joints. This method is recommended for cookie cutters that are made of any type of metal which can resist high temperatures. Aluminum doesn't rust and copper just tarnishes over time. Stainless steel is sturdier than other types of metal and is easier to maintain.
Pay attention to the products you use
Another important tip would be clean cookie cutters with the proper products. The basic method for cleaning cookie cutters is using warm water and dish soap. There are also products which are specially produced to remove stains, rust, and other sediments. If your cookie cutters reached that stage, a few applications of such a product can bring them back to life. Even so, take good care of your cookie cutters from the very beginning to avoid putting a lot of effort into saving them after they get damaged.