If you are considering buying a dishwasher cutlery rack for your catering establishment, there are a number of different choices. A dishwasher cutlery rack is also known as a dishwasher cutlery tray, but of course you can also get dishwasher cutlery baskets as well.
Whether you go for a dishwasher cutlery rack or a basket, the most important thing is how well the container permits the cutlery to be washed and dried. Some people consider that cutlery racks don’t allow for thorough cleaning and report that this is the case. However, how well the rack does or does not clean the utensils will depend on the design of it.
If you use a dishwasher cutlery basket the utensils should always be put into it pointing downwards. This is for reasons of safety as much as anything else because if they point upwards you can cut your hand if are careless when removing them after cleaning. It is also safer from a health point of view because you have germs and bacteria on your hands, so you want to minimise any contact with the part of the utensil which is going to come into contact with the food. It also means that you won’t get any smudges on the shiny knife blades.
Another point about having the handles uppermost is that it is simply easier to grab them by the handles for putting into the cutlery drawer.
In order to obtain maximum cleaning power, you also need to avoid cutlery nesting together. To achieve this, you need to mix the cutlery up in the sections of the basket. If you have all the spoons in one basket, for example, they can slip into one another and not receive the full power of the wash. Nor will they dry properly.
Some items should never be put into the dishwasher and these include chef’s knives. They are made of high carbon steel and can corrode in the dishwasher. Neither should wooden spoons be put in the dishwasher because the detergent will eat into the wood, and the damp and heat can cause them to warp. Both these items should be washed by hand.