- Ina Garten stirred up a debate with a recent Instagram photo of her dishwasher.
- Fans were shocked that the "Barefoot Contessa" star puts knives in her dishwasher.
- "EVERYTHING goes in the dishwasher!!" Garten replied to one fan. "My assistant used to put the bird cage in the dishwasher (she took the bird out first)."
- But Garten later agreed that cast iron pans and wooden cutting boards should be left out of the dishwasher.
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From making supersized cosmopolitans at 9 a.m. to whipping up Emily Blunt's famous roasted potatoes, Ina Garten has definitely been keeping busy in the kitchen over these last few months.
And the "Barefoot Contessa" star, who released her new cookbook "Modern Comfort Food" on Tuesday, revealed that she's finally getting tired of cleaning up after all that cooking.
"If you're not sick of unloading the dishwasher, could you please unload mine?" she wrote in the caption of her most recent Instagram post.
But it was the actual picture of Garten's dishwasher that caught her fans' attention. Many noticed that Garten had her knives inside, which some experts have claimed is a cookware sin.
"Knives in the dishwasher! Doesn't damage them?" one Instagram user asked.
"Would love to know Ina's approach on All-Clad and knives in the dishwasher," another added, referring to the popular US cookware manufacturer.
Garten heard her fans' questions loud and clear, and made sure to respond in the comments.
"EVERYTHING goes in the dishwasher!!" she wrote. "My assistant used to put the bird cage in the dishwasher (she took the bird out first)."
One follower said she had always thought that knives and All-Clad in the dishwasher was "a big no no," but Garten was unfazed.
"I do it many times a day," she replied. "And some of them are 40 years old!"
Garten's advice excited many of her fans, with one even claiming that she had saved them "years of relationship counseling."
"If Ina Garten puts her knives and spatulas in the dishwasher, then I can put my knives and spatulas in the dishwasher!" another follower added.
"My mom would kill me, but now that I have your approval that's all I need!" another comment read.
But Garten's remarks also stirred up some debate within her Instagram comments, as some questioned if everything really could go straight in the dishwasher.
"This is absolutely the most shocking and revolutionary Instagram post in a long time!" one fan wrote.
Garten later added that she would not put cast iron pans in the dishwasher, or wooden cutting boards.
Many of Garten's fans — including "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies — agreed that they were tired of doing the dishes.
"So sick of it!" Margulies wrote in the comments.
"And it never ends!" Garten added.
But when one follower asked why Jeffrey, Garten's husband, didn't help load the dishwasher at home, she revealed there was a special reason why.
"I'd never find anything again," Garten replied.
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