We live in a fairly un-updated apartment. Our rent is way below market, so we don’t ask our landlords for much. When our dishwasher failed, of course, we requested a new one, because 1) I’d gotten used to it and 2) if we weren’t going to have a functional dishwasher in that space, then give me some functional cabinets instead! (The landlord replaced it with a slightly used one, I believe.)
[Oh, DISCLOSURE: Here’s where I need to mention that “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” Plus, my dishes are clean, and so is my dishwasher!]
Before I moved into this apartment with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, I hadn’t had a dishwasher my entire adult life. Even for someone who likes to cook as much as I do, that’s not a big deal. I always hand-washed my dishes and didn’t mind it. And I have friends who throw elaborate annual holiday dinner parties for 26 guests, and they don’t have a dishwasher; they have a system involving their bathtub and half of the next day. Impressive, right?
But now I have a dishwasher, and two children, and multiple snacks, and all the meals, etc. And sippy cups. Oh, the sippy cups. Or straw cups, these days. In any case, a million-and-a-half cups and snack containers and bowls and plates and big mixing bowls and cutting boards and knives and serving spoons and pots and skillets to wash…every single day.
I really appreciate having a dishwasher, even if it isn’t a brand-new one. And I was happy to get the chance to review the Cascade Platinum Pacs. We normally use either a powder or liquid, having to put it into both compartments.
The Cascade Platinum Pacs? So easy. You just throw one into the main wash compartment, close the lid, and go! Plus I do notice that our dishwasher seems to be a lot cleaner and our dishes shinier. Sometimes I post food pictures on my blog, and I’m not the world’s best food photographer, so shiny dishes can only help, right? I mean, who isn’t photographing their meals these days?
Cascade has a partnership with Gail Simmons, the Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine. She knows that it’s not just the tasty food that counts in this world of food-sharing social media; presentation counts, too. Dishes sparkle; flatware shines; glass have no spots, of course! You can find some beautiful food photos over at A Beautiful Bite; she has a thing for old Pyrex and a knack for staging. I’m telling you, food blogging really is about the photos!
If you’re new to food presentation, Simmons suggests this:
The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations. Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware. Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests.
Thankfully, we don’t have an “impromptu guest” thing most of the time, because our home goes from tidy to trashed in very little time, thanks to my darling children and their active selves. But when we do, I know my dishes look good.
I will say that though Cascade Platinum Pacs were pretty powerful in their cleaning action, there were a couple of things that really did need a scrub before going into the dishwasher. Cooked egg on a metal spatula, for example. Or a spoon with—was that peanut butter??—on it. But just that one spoon. We handle a lot of peanut butter around here, and it normally comes off just fine. I don’t know what on that spoon was so resistant to the chelants and other cleaners in the Platinum Pacs.
Want to learn more? Check out the Cascade Facebook page. You can also enter a contest, Cascade “My Platinum.” It’s a four-week Instagram contest which encourages fans to upload photos. Check out this week’s theme and show off how sparkly Cascade makes your dishes!
To enter, visit #MyPlatinum Instagram. Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. A grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover (oh, wow, can you imagine?).
To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade. Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning.
Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!
Week 4: My Platinum Table (Entry Period: 6/24-6/30): Show us your sparkling tablescape for your most special celebrations!
Grand Prize Winner (Entry: 6/3-6/30)