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Smarter Home: Cook and Clean

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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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by on May. 19, 2012 at 11:26 PM

 I try to wash dishes as I cook so that I am not left with a huge mess to clean up later.

by on May. 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Keeping the kids out when im cooking.
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