5 tips to cook with less mess
Sure, you can conjure up all kinds of delicious meals. But your kitchen always ends up looking like a bomb has just exploded. Piles of dirty dishes and open packages, cooking oil spills on the counter, potato peels all over the kitchen floor… Don’t count on your mom or the Kitchen Fairy to do the dirty work.
The key to keeping the kitchen tidy is to clean up while you’re cooking:
1. Prepare before you start
Start with a clean kitchen and take out the necessary tools and ingredients. Peel, cut and measure until all preperations are done before you turn on the stove. Ideally, the ingredient layout matches the order of use, so you can focus on the cooking instead of the what, where and ‘o my god, why!?’
2. Fill the sink with warm, soapy water
While you’re preparing, waiting for water to boil or a pan to heat, you can wash the tools and plates you already used and put them away. Or you can at least put them in the water to soak, so they will be easier to clean afterwards.
3. Use a mini bin on the counter
An empty ice cream container, an old pan or a shoe box: put a mini garbage bin right next to your cutting board or in the middle of the cooking island. That way, you won't end up spilling half of your waste on the kitchen floor on your way to the usual bin.
4. Maximize counter space
Put away each ingredient or package after you have used it. Store often-used ingredients and cookware in places that are easy to reach, but don’t put too much items on the counter. If you have to lift up small appliances, kitchen gadgets, utensils etc. to keep the countertop tidy, you’re wasting a lot of precious time and energy.
5. Wipe up spills immediately
Keep a damp cloth and a spray bottle with water and dish washing liquid handy so you can wipe up spills as they happen. It prevents countertop damage and stuck-on mess, and it opens up space in your kitchen and in your mind.