Tips that Will Make Cooking Cleanup Faster

There are two types of people in the world. The first type absolutely loves cooking while the second time would do anything to not step into the kitchen.

Most often than not, the main reason why people avoid cooking is to not clean the huge pile of dirty dishes and the general mess that follows cooking any meal. But, the good news is that there are a few ways to help you streamline your cooking process to save you lots of time and effort when it comes to cleaning. Read on below for the most effective tips that will make cooking cleanup faster and more efficient.

Tip Number #1 – Always Start Cooking with a Clean Kitchen

When your kitchen is clean and organized, working in it will automatically become easier and efficient. Also, with a clean space, you, generally, instinctively take care to not create a mess as well. A dirty kitchen firstly reduces the enthusiasm of the cook. Secondly, creating a mess in an already-messy kitchen makes the perfect recipe for a disaster.

Starting with a clean slate will not only give you clean dishes and cooking tools but it will also help you to organize the cooking process better including the ingredients and other condiments.

Tip Number #2 – Make Sure that the Dishwasher and Sink is Empty

Cooking is synonymous with dirty dishes and cooking tools. A little carelessness often leads to the pile-up of a number of dishes as well. The best way to tackle it is to ensure that your dishwasher and sink are already empty before you start cooking.

You see, while you are cooking you tend to have a little free time. As soon as you dirty a dish, you can rinse the dishes or tools in the sink and then proceed to load it in the dishwasher. If your sink and dishwasher are already empty, this would make things even easier.

Nowadays, dishwashers come loaded with various features that make cleaning dishes a menial task. Make sure to buy a dishwasher that suits your needs and preferences comfortably.

We would also like to add that the next time you cook, in order to get an empty dishwasher and sink, you have to empty the dishwasher and sink beforehand as well.

Tip Number #3 – Read the Recipe You’re trying to Make Carefully

This is actually quite a simple way that can save you from a lot of mess. Before you start cooking, read the recipe and collect the ingredients and apparatus that you would need. Keep them right in front of you so you wouldn’t have to stop a particular task to fetch something which, in turn, would dirty the cabinet or the refrigerator. 

Everything that is required to make the dish should be within an arm’s reach. Not only will this help you save a lot of time, but it will also keep your kitchen neat and tidy. If need be, read the recipe multiple times to acquaint yourself with the ingredients used and the entire process.

Tip Number #4 – Clean As You Cook

We have already taken into account the dirty dishes, but there are other mess-ups that occur commonly when we start cooking. In such cases, it is better to carry a dishcloth with you at all times. In cases where you spill any product, or you need to wipe any surface or dish – a dishcloth can come to your rescue.

Always keep in mind to wipe any food or liquid spills as soon as they take place. Letting them sit for a longer period would lengthen the cleaning process as dried up gunk needs to be soaked and scraped.

Tip Number #5 – Keep A Trash Bin or Trash Can Near Your Cooking Station

Making a dish requires a lot of preparation steps such as chopping fruits or vegetables and opening packets. If you have a trash bin or trash can next to you, you can instantly toss away any garbage or discards without having to leave your cooking station or throwing it haphazardly on the kitchen floor. This is quite an easy way to keep your kitchen clean while cooking.

Tip Number #6 – Embrace the Concept of Economizing Your Cooking Utensils

Smart cooking can give you a delicious tasting meal without creating a lot of clutter. For example, you most certainly do not need five types of knives for a single time. Similarly, after boiling water in a pan, you can stir-fried vegetables or meat in the same pan after drying it. Taking out another pan for this purpose would be foolish.

A great way to dirty less number of utensils is to reuse it again after rinsing them. Another tip that you can follow here is to start chopping the vegetables first followed by meat. Meat should always come last.

Tip Number #7 – Always End with a Clean Kitchen

In most of the tips mentioned above, we have emphasized on starting with a clean kitchen and appliances. This creates a need for ending with a clean kitchen and appliances as well.

There may be chances where you’re tired after cooking but a little effort here will give you peace of mind when you start cooking next. Not only will this make cooking easier the next time, but it will also increase the longevity of your appliances and improve the look of your kitchen.

Resources — The Pioneer Woman, Cook Smarts, Cleaning Exec

Kelly Tate

Kelly is a full-time supermum, caring for two kids and a hardworking husband. A cook, a cleaner, a carer and all round hard worker, striving for the perfect family life (with a few bumps along the way!) Eternally honest and sometimes brutally forward, no topics are off limits with Kelly.
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