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Smarter Home: Cook and Clean

Posted by on May. 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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I don’t know about you, but I’m the first to admit that I’m not a neat cook (and my husband will be the quickest to concur). I use more pots than I need, more utensils than thought possible, and sauces and food jump out of the pot onto nearby walls, floors, and counters.

I have come to accept that I’m just not an organized cook, and have learned some shortcuts for easier clean-up. Here’s a few that might help you, too.

If a recipe calls for a lot of spices. I will measure everything out and put the ingredients in prep bowls, before I even start cooking. This makes cooking easier, and definitely cuts down on messy chaos.

Line the counter with paper towels or wax paper, and place the cutting board on top. This lets you easily catch all the pieces that slide off the board, and lets you all the chopped pieces I don’t want (onion skins, tops of peppers, etc.) and keeps the counter clean when I’m cutting up meat. (I do spray everything down when I’m done, too.)

Another simple, but effective, trick is to place the trash can within easy reaching distance. I move mine right next to the sink. It sounds strange, but I find myself throwing out more as I go when the trash is right there at my feet.

Another tip is to line the refrigerator doors with paper towels or paper/cork coasters. This way, when a drippy bottle makes its way back to the fridge, you only have to swap out one coaster for another and not scrub down shelving.

What’s your biggest kitchen-cleaning dilemma?

by on May. 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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tayanddyl
by on May. 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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 I am a messy cook.  I try to be as neat as possible but it doesn't work

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on May. 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Keeping it clean..

OliviaW.
by Silver Member on May. 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Rememberung to put everything way.
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thehickinhickor
by on May. 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

keeping everything that dose not go in there out this family thinks it a storage room!

koolkidsmom
by on May. 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

 My brother who lives with me. lol

koolkidsmom
by on May. 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

 My son (also lives with me) has OCD and constantlycomplains about every tiny crumb y bro and I don't get up.  I'm a neat cook that cleans up as I go even washing things and stacking them when I'm through with them. 

fraujones
by Amanda on May. 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My husband, lol. He's the messy cook :)

Samanthamommy
by on May. 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

That dishes are never ending, lol

onecuteladybug2
by Ruby Member on May. 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Our biggest problem is keeping things organized. I like things one way and DH likes them a different way...

chiquis
by on May. 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM
Ugh I'm the same way lol
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