OK fellow flatware and cutlery experts out there. This TikTok video about leaving your silverware sparkling is everywhere. We need to talk about it.
It is proposed that a chemical reaction occurs between the aluminum and the ingredients in the dishwasher tablet. The foil itself doesn’t clean the cutlery, but as the tablet dissolves it reacts with the metal and shines the cutlery.
Rumor has it that the baking soda in the tablets is what does the powerful cleaning effect. These two components (and with water) remove silver sulfide – also known as tarnish – through an electrochemical reaction in warm water. We’ve talked about this before at this post.
But one big question: Wouldn’t this happen anyways if you had some cast aluminum cookware in the dishwasher?
And one big point to make: This works for only SILVERWARE not for regular stainless steel cutlery and the like. Your regular day to day scratched up forks, knives and spoons are going to get sparkling shiny for this hack.
Have a nice a sparkling day!
PS – That ball of foil will bounce around and likely land in the bottom and jam up your sprayer.
Cleaning silverware cutlery can be many things. It can be tedious, fruitless, dangerous, destructive, successful or a complete waste of time. Yup, so many ways it can go wrong or right. Shiny forks, spoons and knives or pitted ones with toxic fumes. You decide.
Your regular household silver used for cutlery is a composite of pure silver, which is soft and stronger metals like copper to produce that silver shine. But that shine can begin to dull and tarnish in as little as a few months. That tarnish on sterling silver shows up as a yellow-gray or black film on the surface of the cutlery. But there are ways to clean it up efficiently and safely. Lets look at a few methods:
Con: Sticky and stinky
Con: Abrasive and may cause scratching and dulling of the metals shine
Result: Not really a good idea, but if you are desperate I guess.
Lemon Juice or Vinegar & Baking Soda:
Pro: Fun fizzy sounds
Con: Still a little abrasive and will leave clean but dulled look
Result: Fizzy but not shiny
Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda, Salt & Hot Water:
Shown in video above
Pro: Even more fun fizzy sounds
Pro: Soak for a short time and the black tarnish rubs right off
Pro: Leaves cutlery shiny
Pro: No harmful chemicals
Con: Slightly smelly and messy
Con: A lot of setup and cleanup
Result: Pretty dam good and cheap but lots of effort
Wright’s Silver Cleaner:
Pro: Not abrasive
Pro: Easy to use
Pro: No smell, ammonia free
Pro: Leaves silverware shiny
Con: Still gotta rub that spoon
Con: You gotta go buy it
Result: Worth the money and the effort for the result.
We have been reading a lot of books lately here at the Cutlery Review, mostly Chef biographies. And we always note when they talk about what equipment they take to a kitchen. The infamous knife roll is of course expected but the “Spoon Roll” was a new one for us. If you are doing any plating or saucing you need a decent spoon or two.
The Mercer Culinary 7-Piece Plating Spoons set looks great. It consists of a Saucier Spoon, 9-Inch Solid Spoon, 7 7/8-Inch Solid, 7 7/8-Inch Slotted 7 7/78-inch precision drawing Spoon, and 7 7/8-inch perforated Spoon. All this is bundled up in a heavy duty roll to take the kitchen or cooking class. The flatware is made of 18-8 stainless steel.
The Wirecutter has always been an amazing website for product reviews and advice. I was a little worried when the NY Times bought them but they continue to be wonderful.
They have an amazing page called “How to Choose Flatware According to the People Who Design and Make It” and boy oh boy does it cover everything. If you are looking to buy cutlery or just want to learn more about the construction this is the site for you.
The article is so full of info it needs a Table of Contents, check it out:
This is our favorite quote: “A single five-piece flatware setting (meaning a salad fork, a dinner fork, a knife, a soup spoon, and a teaspoon) can cost anywhere from a few dollars for stainless steel to well over a thousand dollars for sterling silver.”. Something we see here at The Cutlery Review everyday and try to help you with.