Washing the Dishes Turkish Style is easy if you know how, but if your not used to doing the washing up you may just get it wrong first time round, here is my guide to Washing the Dishes Turkish Style!
I always thought I knew how to do the washing up, that was until the first time I staid at my Mother in Laws and offered to wash the dishes. I scrapped them, rinsed them and washed them and put them in the rack to dry.
Pleased with myself that I had helped out, I returned to the living room to sit with the family. Later on while getting ready for bed I noticed my Mother in Law re-washing the dishes I had just cleaned. I was a little annoyed and embarrassed, thinking to myself what I had I done wrong!
For the rest of my stay I avoided doing the dishes, not wanting to give extra work and trying to think of the reason why she would feel she had to wash them again and to embarrassed to ask the reason why.
The next time we went to stay, I was concerned about the dish washing thing, I wanted to help out in the house but didn’t want to get it wrong again. It wasn’t until my Sister in Law was helping out that I discovered the Turkish way of washing dishes.
The most important factor of washing dishes in Turkey is that they must be washed under running water, you cant place them in a bowl or use a plug in the sink. Only using clean running water are items or your body thought as truly clean and this is the reason why you rarely find sink plugs in Turkey.
How to Wash the Dishes Turkish Style:
- Scrap all the leftovers and crumbs into the bin.
- Rinse each individual item, plate, knife, fork, spoon, cup under the tap of running water (normally cold!) place these dishes to the side.
- Rinse out the sink
- Take your sponge or cloth and add a liberal amount of washing up liquid. You may like to fill a little bowl with some water to help moisten the sponge as you go.
- Thoroughly soap each individual item and place aside.
- No turn your tap back on and rinse each item and place in the draining rack to dry and put away later.
- Wash out your sponge and clean down the sink and the surfaces and your done!
Remember never place the rinsed dishes in the sink, always keep them on the side or you will need to rinse them again!
If you are thinking, thank goodness I have dishwasher, then think again! When staying at my Sister in Laws house I was watching my Nieces doing the washing up and wondering why are they doing so much washing up if they have a dishwasher. Maybe its full I thought. But no, every item is scrapped as you do, then thoroughly rinsed and cleaned to the point of sparkling before, placing in the dishwasher!!
So thanks to my Sister in Law and her guide on washing the dishes Turkish style, my Mother in Law never feels the need to re-wash my dishes!!
What have you re-learned to do Turkish Style, share your stories in the comments below.
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