Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Last word on dishwashing (I hope)
Last word on dishwashing (I hope)
Sun, 4 Apr 1999 21:33:21 -0400
The absolute "RIGHT" way to wash dishes in camp is ...
the way you choose to, given the information available:
The new Scout handbook (pg 282), as the previous version, calls for a
"Wash pot - contains hot water with a few drops of biodegradeble
Cold-rinse pot - cold water with a sanitzing tablet or a few
drops of bleach to kill bacteria
Hot-rinse pot - clear, hot water"
Now you can blindly follow this process because it is in the Scout
Handbook - probably won't kill anyone. Or you can follow what
foodservice sanitation experts say (my wife is a Manager in the Food
and Nutrition Services Department of St. Joseph's Hospital in
Marshfield, WI - her primary area of responsibility is food safety and
sanitation). What she says agrees with what we have heard from other
experts on the list.
First pot - hot water with soap for cleaning
Second pot - warm, clear water rinse
Third pot - sanitizer: here you have some options
a) 180 degree or hotter water for at least 3
b) warm water (120 - 140 deg) with sanitizing
(bleach or other sanitizer)
BTW, option a) above will scald your hands if you do not use some type
of tongs for immersing and retrieving your dishes from the pot.
Now, make your choice, but PLEASE, let's let this thread die!
Jim Peterson Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 379, Blenker, WI
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