Entertaining this Weekend? Short Cuts for Easy Kitchen Clean Up

Love to entertain and cook but hate the dishes? Here are some no-brainer tips to make kitchen clean up easier:

  • Marinade in zip lock plastic bags – toss the plastic bags when done.
  • Line cookie sheets and pans with foil when roasting veggies and meats – toss the foil when done and you have a clean pan ready to put away.
  • Skip the mis en place – use a big cutting board rather than individual small bowls to hold different ingredients. Set up separate piles of chopped ingredients on your board.
  • Clean as you go -stick dishes in the dishwasher, put away ingredients, wipe off the counter, etc., while you are cooking so you aren’t overwhelmed at the end.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper to save on clean up and for easy cookie removal.
  • Read your recipes through before you start cooking and see when you can combine steps – for example if you are making a pasta dish where you have to blanch vegetables, throw the veggies in with the pasta during the last couple of minutes of cooking and drain together, saving one pot. Also, if roasting chicken and veggies, use a bigger baking sheet and throw them on the same one (lined with foil of course).
  • Rach’s garbage bowl of course!
  • Save your microwave and line the bottom with a few paper towels. If you want a quick microwave clean up, place some lemon slices in a small bowl of water and microwave on high for a few minutes – the lemon water should bubble over and you just wipe clean with a sponge or paper towels
  • Plan a meal where most of the components can be made ahead and served at room temp. You can make them the day before or even that morning and deal with the dishes then, and not when your guests are there
  • Always start a party with an empty dishwasher. Usually the last thing I am doing as my guests arrive is unloading the dishwasher.

Share your tips here – Happy Memorial Day!

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