If your family loves to eat as much as mine does then you must be spending a lot of time in the kitchen as I do. When I’m cooking in the kitchen things seem to get out of hand and I can’t stand up the mess. And the mess actually clutters in just a matter of seconds. That is why, over years spent in the kitchen, I have tried to develop some tips that will help me keep things under control.
1. Start in a clean kitchen
My number one rule to keeping order while cooking is to always start cooking in a clean kitchen. This way I only have to worry about the mess I’m going to make. In order to keep your kitchen clean, you can try to clean it each night before you go to bed. I always try to put away the clean dishes, and to put the dirty in the dishwasher, and to stack any leftovers in the fridge. These are some of the main things that I trying to do before I go to bed to have a clean kitchen the next day.
2. Prepare ahead of time
Sunday is the best day of the week that you can use to prepare ingredients free meals that you are planning to cook during the week. I always chop the vegetables that I’m going to use in stir-fries and place them in airtight containers in the fridge. I also make other staples and I freeze them in storage. Basically, what I’m trying to do is prepared all the ingredients that I can which I am going to need the following week to make it easier when I have to go cook for the next 6 days.
3. Clean spills and splats as soon as possible
Whenever I spill something I try to clean it as ASAP because we all know that spills and splats usually harden which makes it harder to clean them later. I’m not saying to clean them with a solution, but just wipe them with a rag to save yourself some time and frustration.
4. Use fewer utensils and dishes
When I bake or cook I try to re-use mixing spoons, measuring cups or bowls whenever it’s possible. It does mean that you need to rinse them quickly and dry them, but it does save time. For some recipes you can skip the utensils and use your own hands.
5. Collect food waste
If you don’t have a lot of counter space, such as me, you can place a large bowl nearby when you’re peeling, slicing or chopping in which you can collect the organic waste. Later you can send this waste into the garbage disposal or, in the warmer months, you can put it in your compost. This trick not only saves space, but it also keeps your counter clean.
6. Cook simple meals
If you want to keep your kitchen clean there are a lot of recipes that do not require a lot of ingredients. There are a lot of meals that can be cooked with only 5 ingredients. Fewer ingredients means that you do not have to prepare ingredients and that you will be left with fewer dishes to wash.