How Ina Garten Keeps Her Pots and Pans Looking Like New

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Yesterday, Ina Garten shared an Instagram video, during which she showed us all how she makes croutons. (See: Ina Garten Shows Us How to Make the Croutons from the Cover of Her New Cookbook.) After she posted the video, she spent some time answering questions from her followers in the comments section.

We learned that she loves her PepperMate pepper grinder, that she only uses two kinds of cookware (All-Clad and Le Creuset!), and perhaps most importantly, her trick for cleaning said cookware.

“How do you keep your All-Clad so clean and new looking,” a follower asked.

Less than an hour later, she responded: “The trick to keeping your cookware clean is to soak it overnight in the sink with very hot, soapy water. The next morning, it will clean up really easily with a sponge or Brillo pad. I have pots and and pans that are 40 years old that look almost brand new!”

There’s nothing earth-shattering here (she didn’t suggest a cleaner we’d never heard of or invent a new technique) except for the fact that we learned that Ina isn’t a member of the Clean Sink Club!

So many cleaning pros suggest washing and putting away all of the dirty dishes before you go to bed, so that you can start with an empty sink and a blank slate in the morning. (We’ve written about it a ton, and many of our staffers adhere to that rule!) But if Ina’s letting stuff sit until the morning, maybe we should all give ourselves a pass. If you want to go from dinner to Netflix to bed, do it. Ina actually suggests it!

Do you let stuff soak over night or are you more of a clean-right-away kind of home cook?

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