The sources of grease in your kitchen

Grease is a challenge to wash off dishes and can clog up your dishwasher. Here we look at the top three sources of grease, how you can reduce it and how you can ensure your dishwasher deals with whatever’s left effectively.

Roasting – Meat, poultry and game all produce a certain amount of fat residue during the cooking process. Add potatoes and parsnips to the pan to roast and it can really make for a baked on, greasy mess of a tin.

Instead, stand meat on a roasting rack placed inside the tin. This allows the fat and meat juices to run off it and collect in the bottom of the pan. When it’s time to cook your potatoes carefully pour off the liquid into a jug. The fat will settle in the bottom and the meat juices on top. You can siphon off the juices to flavour your gravy. Put the potatoes in a shallow dish and pour just enough of the fat over to roast them perfectly. They’ll be healthier, every bit as tasty and both the dish and tin will be easier to clean.

Frying – A fry up is just about as greasy as it gets. A good non-stick pan means you can use less fat but you could also consider swapping lard or regular sunflower/vegetable/olive oil for cooking spray oil. A few pumps is all you need. You could cook sausages and bacon under the grill resulting in less grease too.

Cooking and baking – Shop bought jars of sauce such as Bolognese can be very oily. For a healthier version (and one that won’t coat your saucepans and dishes in a layer of fat) it’s worth making your own with a tin of chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs and some stock.

When the time comes to clean up it’s important to scrape any greasy residue off the dish/pan/bowl. Leftover fat can solidify in the dishwasher and cause blockages. Don’t run the pan under the tap to rinse before putting it in the dishwasher as fat repels plain water. Instead it’s much better to wipe the surface with a piece of kitchen towel to get rid of as much grease as possible.

Place dirty pieces upside down on the bottom rack of your dishwasher to ensure they get a good spray of water during the washing process. Providing tins are dishwasher safe they too can go in, as can many non-stick frying pans.

Any product of the range of Finish detergents will cut through what grease remains but you could ramp up your cycle with Finish All in One Max Shine and Protect. The Pre-Soaking Powerball helps to scrub down even the toughest food stains so you don’t have to re-wash any dishes. Simply place them in the dishwasher, and let Finish get rid of the greasy residue, leaving your dishes shining!

We know that a cleaner dishwasher means cleaner dishes. Grease and fat can build up in your dishwasher over time. That is why it’s important to ensure you remove grease from the hidden but vital parts of your dishwasher. Use Finish Dishwasher Cleaner to keep your dishwasher in optimal condition so it can continue to give you sparkling clean dishes.