Make Dinner Clean Up A Breeze
Food-encrusted pots and pans on
the stove, messy utensils all over the countertops, piles of dirty
dishes in the sink— it’s enough to ruin an
otherwise delicious dinner! To help eliminate after-dinner cleanup
stress—and keep your kitchen spotless—take a look
at the tips we’ve rounded up here.
and During Cooking
cleanup time by using cookware designed to go from freezer to
microwave, or from freezer to oven.
Use foil to line your
stove’s burner pans, as well as the bottom of an electric
oven. Don’t cover oven racks with foil—it prevents
air from circulating and causes uneven baking.
Place a saucer adjacent to the
stove on which to rest spoons and spatulas you’re cooking
with to keep the stovetop clean.
Cleaning as you go makes life
a lot simpler at the end of the meal. While a dish is cooking on a
stovetop or in the oven, wash the utensils, cutting boards or other
cookware you used to prepare the food. Pop whatever dirty dishes there
are into the dishwasher and set the pans to soak just before sitting
down to eat. The only things that shouldn’t be soaked are
utensils or servingware made of wood, or those that are glued.
leftovers that will be used within a few days in the pot or casserole
dish in which the food was cooked, then reheat in the same container.
Make scrubbing pans easier and
prevent grease and debris from going down the drain by wiping out
greasy pots with used paper napkins or paper towels before washing.
Never scour iron pots and
pans—simply wash them with soap and hot water. Dry thoroughly
to prevent rusting.
Pans with burned residue on
the bottom will be easier to clean if you fill them with 2 inches of
water. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda and bring to a boil. Cover and boil
for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes
Protect your good china and
crystal during washing by lining the sink with a dishtowel.
Remove stains from aluminium
pans by filling with water and adding 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon
juice per quart of water. Bring to a boil, then continue to boil gently
for 15 minutes. Let water cool in pan.
If you can’t get
stains out of Corningware or Pyrex, spray them with oven cleaner,
following manufacturer’s directions.
Dinner Clean Up A Breeze
|| Sharon Tyler
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