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Can you put cookie cutters in the dishwasher?

Can you put cookie cutters in the dishwasher?

Cookie cutters are an essential tool for anyone who loves baking cookies. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from classic Christmas motifs to fun animal shapes . But after use, the question often arises: Can you put cookie cutters in the dishwasher?

Understanding the Cookie Cutters

Before we answer this question, it is important to understand the different types of cookie cutters. These can be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, plastic, tin or black plate, aluminum, and silicone.

The cleaning problem

Cleaning cookie cutters is essential to ensure they are clean and hygienic for the next use. However, cleaning cookie cutters, especially those with complex designs, can be challenging.

Can cookie cutters be put in the dishwasher?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the material the cookie cutter is made from.

1. Stainless steel cookie cutter

Stainless steel cookie cutters are popular due to their durability and ability to hold sharp edges. Stainless steel cookie cutters are usually very simple and do not have embossed elements, which means that the cookies cannot be made with great detail. Most stainless steel cookie cutters are safe to put in the dishwasher, as stainless steel is a robust material that is resistant to corrosion and heat.

2. Plastic cookie cutters

Plastic cookie cutters are lightweight and affordable, but not all are dishwasher safe. The advantage of plastic cutters is that they have detailed embossed elements, which allows for very detailed cookies even without icing. Some types of plastic can melt or warp at high temperatures, so it's important to check the manufacturer's instructions before putting them in the dishwasher.

Individual cookie cutters in bright colors

Personalized cookie cutters from Biocraftlab

At Biocraftlab we offer you sustainable cookie cutters made of biodegradable plastic. We use so-called PLA. The advantage of this material is its biodegradability and its optimal food compatibility. Our cookie cutters are available in an inexpensive non- dishwasher-safe version and in a durable dishwasher-safe version.

3. Wooden cookie cutters

Wooden cookie cutters add a rustic charm to the cookies, but are susceptible to moisture. Washing in the dishwasher can damage or warp the wood, so it is advisable to clean wooden cookie cutters by hand with a brush.

4. Aluminium cookie cutter

Aluminum cookie cutters are lightweight and have good thermal conductivity, making them ideal for detailed designs. They are safe to put in the dishwasher as long as they are not anodized, as this can cause damage.

4. White or black sheet cookie cutters

White or black sheet Cookie cutters are often very cheap, but they should never be put in the dishwasher. Tin cutters can quickly rust due to exposure to water and thus break. To quickly counteract rust caused by incorrect handling, it helps to soak the cutters in cola overnight and clean them with a brush.

5. Silicone cookie cutters

Silicone cookie cutters are flexible and easy to clean. Most are dishwasher safe, but it is advisable to check the manufacturer's instructions as some types of silicone are not suitable for high temperatures. Furthermore, silicone is only chemically recyclable and is rarely recycled.

Further considerations

When cleaning cookie cutters, it is important to pay attention to the design. Cookie cutters with complex or fine details can be damaged if handled roughly, so it is advisable to clean them by hand. Good tools for cleaning cookie cutters are a toothpick and brush.

Tips for cleaning cookie cutters
  • Rinse the cookie cutters immediately after use to prevent dough from sticking.
  • Use warm soapy water and a soft brush to remove dirt and dough residue.
  • Tight spots can be easily cleaned of dough residue using a toothpick.
  • Dry the cookie cutters thoroughly to avoid rust or mold.

The question of whether cookie cutters can be put in the dishwasher depends on several factors, including the material and design. While some cookie cutters are dishwasher safe, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and care for them accordingly to ensure their longevity.

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