Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sponsored Review: Cascade Platinum Pacs

“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.”


     It is no secret that I love to cook. Just check out all the recipes I do on here and you will see that there are lots of food being cooked in our house. However, the part I hate about cooking, the part I am pretty sure most people hate about cooking is the cleaning up. 
   A dishwasher is an essential modern appliance that many people require now when they buy a home. I know that I certainly would not be able to cook as often as I do without one. People are known to spend lots and lots of money on a dishwasher. You may even look at a few different stores, check out a few different brands of dishwashers before you purchase one. This is a good thing to do. You will most likely be using it a lot and it has to run the way you need it to. 
   For as much time and energy you put into getting a dishwasher, how much time do you spend picking out the dishwasher soap? I know for most people it is a no brainer, you go down the aisle find "dishwasher soap" and buy the cheapest they have to offer. Is the cheapest the one that actually gets the most out of your dishwasher? Does any old brand of dishwasher soap get your dishes spotless without spending extra time rinsing them off first? Does your soap also clean your actual dishwasher so that when you open it, the walls of the dishwasher are as spotless as your dishes and are free of hard water film? I'm thinking for most of you, your answer is "NO". Your soap does not do any of that. 
   That is because you have not picked up the new Cascade Platinum Pacs in your local retailer. I got to the new Cascade Platinum Pacs and I am hooked. First of all the pacs are so easy to use. You just grab one and put it into the dishwasher and turn it on. In fact it is so easy Xavier put it in for me and he is a toddler. No more measuring or spilling soap and wasting it. 

   Cascade Platinum Pacs advertise that there is no need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Even though many soaps now say this that is not always true. We frequently rinse our dishes. Not only because stuck on food does not come off in the cycle but also because it can leave the inside of our dishwasher stained and filmed as well. 

    To give Cascade Platinum Pacs a good test run I used red tomato sauce in not one, but two pans. I emptied the pans of the sauce and put them directly into the dishwasher.
I did not run the dishwasher right away. Both of the pans sat in the dishwasher overnight full of sauce that hardened and stuck to them. I waited until the next morning when I added some of our breakfast dishes and then ran the dishwasher with the Cascade Platinum Pac. Just so you know for this experiment, my dishwasher is a Kenmore and is six years old. It runs pretty good and I have not had a lot of problems with it. 
   I emptied the dishwasher later expecting to see at least a hint of tomato sauce in one of the pots and they were clean, but not just clean sparkling clean! It also was not just those pans every dish and glass and pan in the dishwasher was perfectly washed and sparkling with not a single spot. I even loaded the dishwasher myself (which is normally Nick's duty) because I pile it, in no particular order and usually our dishes do not get very clean if I load the dishwasher. Not any more since I switched to using Cascade Platinum Pacs. I am very impressed.

   Cascade Platinum Pacs deliver the most powerful clean available from Cascade while simultaneously helping to maintain the sparkling look of your clean dishwasher interior. They have advanced triple action that is specially designed to leave dishware spot-free and help prevent the build-up of hard water film on dishwasher walls.
   I guess this means I have no excuse not to load the dishwasher anymore as Cascade Platinum Pacs has made my dishes sparkling clean no matter what configuration I put my dishes in the dishwasher and how much food I leave on them. Now if only Cascade made something to clean up Xavier's mess!

Cascade Platinum Pacs are available in Fresh and Lemon scents at mass merchandisers, grocery and retailers nationwide. To find out more about Cascade Platinum Pacs feel free to visit their website, Facebook page and Instagram page. Read below to see how Top Chef judge Gail Simmons feels about Cascade Platinum Pacs and enter the "My Platinum" contest for a chance to win a platinum kitchen!
 Now, more than ever, people eat with their eyes, and the evidence is all over sites like Facebook and Instagram. With that in mind, Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, has partnered with Cascade to discuss why presentation is just as important as preparation.

• From prep to plating: It’s more than just a great-tasting recipe, but also perfect presentation. Sparkling dishes, shining flat ware and spot-free glasses truly let you put your best food forward with culinary creations that pop! 

• Gail recommends impressing with a Platinum Presentation: “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 by viewing videos available on the Link to the Cascade Facebook page: and Cascade YouTube page: 

 The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four-week Instagram contest encouraging fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates! 

• Visit the contest landing page ( for information on how to enter and submit images: ○ The landing page will prompt users to sign up for Instagram if they are not currently users of the app. 

 • Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen

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