I know - it should all be cooked in separate dishes, the chicken cut in escalopes, spinach just tossed with butter, and the sauce should not mix with it. But isn’t life too short to wash three different pans when you can wash just one?
Yes - my dishwasher has packed in. It is a fairly controversial appliance, none more so perhaps except a steam oven, but then the latter is just plainly excessive, redundant and I really, really dislike the concept. What’s wrong with a pot and a steaming basket? But let’s leave the steaming aside now and return to the dishwasher, the contentious beast.
Is it a waste of time because three quarters of the dishes we use can’t go in it? Not to mention good cutlery. Another appliance using energy, ergo: non-environmentally friendly? Does it actually save water or waste water? The last point always gets me going - compared to your old washing-up bowl in the sink it certainly wastes gallons but I do shudder at the thought of wine glasses joining diluted gravy and mash in said bowl and then all of it not always even rinsed. I mean - sharing the bath water in order of family seniority died out in the nineteen-fifties, why should the gross procedure continue for the dishes?
Personally, I don’t give a damn - perhaps because I don’t do the large scale post-dinner washing up. On the other hand the Weather Man, erstwhile a proponent of artisan washing-up, has now admitted that the dishy saves a hell of a lot of time and work. So yes, I’ll say worth it, and to hell with the bowls in the sink.
And in the meantime: one pan good, three pans bad. And the chicken tastes as good as cooked in three.