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How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

10 – Better Tasting Coffee

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No one wants last month’s leftovers in today’s coffee, so make sure to clean your coffee maker every 30 days. Oil residue from coffee beans can build up; cleaning prevents off-flavors from affecting your coffee.

 

9 – Your Coffee Maker Lasts Longer

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Regular cleaning prevents water mineral deposits, which can shorten a coffee maker’s life, from building up in the heater.

 

8 – Speedy Brew Times

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Calcification from hard water can build up in the heater pipes, insulating them so the heater takes longer and increases brew times. Cleaning fixes this.

 

7 – Clean and Dry

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Discard wet grounds after brewing and don’t let them sit in the filter basket all day. Leave the lid up to after a washing to ensure a clean, dry environment.

 

6 – Coffee Windows Won’t Lie

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In some coffee maker reservoirs or coffee pots, there is a coffee level window showing how many cups of coffee are left. Regular cleaning prevents you from thinking there’s coffee left when there isn’t.

 

5 – Shine On

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Tannins in coffee can cause brown stains to build up on the interior of coffee pots. Regular cleaning keeps pots looking shiny and new.

 

4 – Office Mugs Aren’t Different

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A quick rinse doesn’t clean out the oil residue from daily coffee drinking. Send it through the dishwasher or wash it with hot, soapy water. If it’s still sporting coffee rings, mix equal parts of baking soda and water into a paste and scour the stains prior to washing.

 

3 – Buffy the Stain Slayer

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The appearance of your appliances can affect the overall look of your kitchen. Keep your kitchen looking sparkly and new by rubbing down the outside of your coffee maker.

 

2 – Clean Hidden Parts

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Don’t forget to clean all the pieces hiding inside your coffee maker. Clean the brew basket, any permanent filters, the drip tray and the hot plate. Check the manual to see which parts are dishwasher safe.

 

1 – If It Looks Good, You Look Good

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Have you ever visited a friend with a moldy coffee maker? It makes for awkward conversation, so keep your coffee pot clean. When guests go to brew coffee, you’ll look like a domestic goddess.

 

The Ultimate How-To Guide

How to Clean the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker

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To clean 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker, select the carafe side.

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Pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir.

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Press the ON button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes.

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Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished.

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Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

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How to Clean a Traditional 12 Cup Coffee Maker

To clean standard coffee makers, pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir. Press the ON or BREW button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes. Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished. Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

 

How to Clean the Hot Plate

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If there are stubborn stains on the hot plate, lay a wet paper towel over the cooled plate to soak until stains are softened. Remove and wipe clean.

 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Exterior

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Wipe with a damp cloth in the direction of the metal grain. Buff with a dry, soft cloth to achieve a brilliant shine.

 



How to Clean and Store Lettuce

We all know how easy it is to rip open a bag of lettuce for a pre-dinner salad, but what if fresh lettuce was just as easy and tasted much better? That would be great, right? Today, we will show you how to take whole heads of lettuce from the grocery store or farmers market and clean and store them properly so they last just as long, if not longer, than bagged lettuce. You’ll be able to use your gorgeous lettuce in salads as a main or side dish, and you can top it with the salad dressings we made earlier this week. 

The instructions we have provided for cleaning and storing your lettuce are for romaine, butter, frisee and leaf lettuce varieties, or any leafy lettuce or green (such as kale.) Iceberg lettuce is somewhat different and is addressed at the end of this post. 

If you are planning to clean and store your lettuce:

Fill your very clean sink halfway with cold water. If your home is warm or your water is not cold, add a bowlful of ice to the sink to keep it chilly. This ensures your lettuce crisps and does not wilt.

Pick whole leaves off the lettuce and place into the cold water bath in your sink. Alternatively, you can cut off the base of your lettuce and the whole leaves will easily fall apart; place them in the cold water bath. Gently dunk and massage the lettuce to encourage the dirt to fall out of the leaves. Allow the lettuce to sit in the sink for 15-30 minutes without disruption. The dirt will fall from the leaves and settle onto the bottom of the sink, allowing the clean leaves to float on top, and the lettuce will become crisp.

At this point, your lettuce is clean. There are two methods for storing your lettuce, and they operate on similar principals. You are trying to remove excess water to prevent the leaves from wilting or losing valuable nutrients and flavor. The paper towel will help draw out the surface moisture that is on the leaves and then, when the lettuce needs it, give it back. Removing excess air prevents oxidation, which can turn lettuce brown.

#1: Prepare a couple long rows of slightly damp paper towel on the counter. Remove your lettuce from the water piece by piece, shaking lightly to remove any excess water, and lay leaves in a single layer across the rows of paper towels. When the row is full, lightly roll up the leaves in the paper towel like a jellyroll. Place your rolls of lettuce and paper towels into a plastic bag and seal, attempting to remove as much excess air as possible. (One trick to remove excess air without smashing your lettuce is to seal the storage bag almost completely, insert a straw and suck out the air, and then remove the straw and seal immediately.)

#2: Line a large plastic or glass storage container with slightly damp paper towels. Remove your lettuce from the water piece by piece, shaking lightly to remove any excess water, and lay leaves in a single layer across the bottom. When the row is full, layer a new piece of slightly damp paper towel, followed by a layer of lettuce, continuing the layers until the container is full. You may need more than one container, depending on the size of your storage container and how much lettuce you prepare. Before securing the top on the container, finish your layers with one last paper towel so the lettuce is not pressed against the plastic.

It is best to wash and store your lettuce as soon as possible after bringing it home from the store or market. Depending on external factors, your clean lettuce can last anywhere from four days to two weeks with these methods. When you are ready for a salad or sandwich, simply grab what you need and go.

If you are planning to wash and eat your lettuce immediately:

Sometimes, we are in a hurry or just downright hungry. If you want to make a salad right now, here’s what you need to do.

Cut the base from your lettuce and discard it. Chop or tear your lettuce the way you plan to serve it. (There is a great debate in the food world about chopping vs. tearing lettuce that’s been raging for decades. If you are eating it right away, it makes no difference, so do what you prefer and let the foodies fight it out on their own.) If you have a salad spinner, this is its shining moment; add the lettuce to the inner basket that sits inside the bowl and fill it with water. Gently massage the lettuce to encourage the dirt to separate. Pull the basket out of the water and dump the water. If the water is relatively clear, move on to the next step; if it is dirty, repeat the rinsing method until the water is clear. Then, place the basket back into the bowl, put on the top and spin until your leaves are dry. If you do not have a salad spinner, follow the same basic instructions with a colander and bowl, and allow the lettuce to dry on paper towels, patting dry if necessary.

Drying your lettuce is important because most salad dressings contain a fat or oil component. Fats and oils repel water, so dressing sticks to dry lettuce better.

For iceberg lettuce:

Iceberg lettuce has a very different shape and structure than leaf lettuce. It’s much easier to clean, but is said to have less flavor and nutritional value. That said, the leaves make perfect boats for lettuce wraps, which benefit from the crisp lightness that iceberg lettuce is known for. Feel free to convert any wrap recipe (like this one for Asian Chicken Wraps) by substituting iceberg leaves for the tortillas. Iceberg is wonderfully crisp and, when mixed with other lettuce and greens, makes for a healthy and nutritious salad.

To clean iceberg lettuce, give the head a good rinse under cool running water and pat dry. Place on a cutting board and remove outer leaves that may be dirty or wilted, usually just the outer two. Locate the core of the lettuce and either cut it out with a knife or (our favorite method) pound the entire head of lettuce onto the cutting board, core side down. The core dislodges and can be removed easily by hand.

For lettuce wraps, remove leaves, trying your best to keep the whole leaf intact. For salads, tacos, burgers and sandwiches, slice into wedges, chop, shred or slice the leaves.