Monday, June 17, 2013

A Dishwasher Challenge: Cascade Platinum Pacs #Sponsored

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.

Growing up we didn't get a dishwasher until I was in middle school, but before that I remember scrubbing by hand often muttering under my breath how I wish we had one! Of course now living in metro-NYC it's not always a guarantee either, but thankfully all of the five apartments I've lived in since moving to the city in 2007 have had dishwashers. Yes, I've been blessed!

With our focus on at-home Montessori learning, and Lil Lovebird's desire to get more involved with chores, when I was invited to give Cascade Platinum Pacs a try I know it'd fit right in with our current efforts. Cascade Platinum Pacs are triple-action capsules that are so easy for Nia to place right into the dishwasher (under my supervision, of course!). 

The colorful formula of the Cascade Platinum Pac actually has specific functions: 
  • Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
  • Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
  • Helps maintain the look for new machines and helps prevent hard-water film build-up
  • Delivers exceptional dishware shine

I decided to put the first two functions to the test on a pan that sat for 24 hours after I had made bacon in it (I usually make it in the oven!):

I was so tempted to pre-rinse!
Impressive, right? Besides this on my regular daily dishes I've noticed they don't require my usual rinsing and they get sparkling clean. Definitely saves me time having to re-wash dishes that still have gunk stuck on them (I hate when that happens!).

Cascade also has a fun partnership with Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons. They've teamed up discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation and part of this is having sparkling clean dishes - something Cascade Platinum definitely helps with!

As someone who participates in "blogger grace" (i.e. taking picture of my meal before I dig in!) I really appreciate Gail's advice: 

"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"

Learn more about Cascade’s partnership with Gail Simmons Cascade's Facebook page and be sure to check out their fun
#MyPlatinum Instagram contest with the chance to win weekly prizes and the grand prize full kitchen makeover by uploading pictures of your tasty meals and presentation (contest ends June 30, 2013).

To find where Cascade Platinum Pacs are in your area visit their website.

What is your relationship with your dishwasher? Are you a pre-rinser or double washer?