Keep Your Liquor Pourers Clean
Here's a few ways to make sure your liquor pourers are clean and sanitary for every pour.
Pourers are designed to allow the smooth flow of liquid out of a bottle by providing a separate path for air to enter the bottle. If the air vents become blocked, liquid will not come out of the bottle. Most liquor has a very high sugar content and can contribute to the accumulation of sugar inside the air vents. To get the maximum ease of use from your pourers, it's essential to keep them clean so that sugar cannot build up inside the air vents.
When cleaning your liquor pourers,
Boil them or wash them in very hot water. Very hot water can warp plastic and many pourers are constructed of plastic or have plastic components.
• Soak them overnight. All the sugars that melt off the pourers while the water is warm will recondense on the pourers when the water cools down.
• Run them through the dishwasher. This is a bad idea for two reasons. First, the dishwasher will adequately clean the outside of the pourer, but the inside (where sugar accumulates) will remain untouched. Second, most commercial dishwashers are set to a temperature of 180°F or higher, which is much too hot for any plastic pourer.
• Soak them in warm soapy water for 15-20 minutes. As long as the water is not too hot to touch it should not be too hot for the pourers. Regular dishwashing liquid will work fine.
• Shake or agitate the pourers while under the water. This ensures that the inside as well as the outside of the pourers will get cleaned.
• Rinse in cold clear water.