Doing dishes is one of those jobs that must get done, even when it’s the last thing we want to do. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to know how to do dishes less often and more efficiently, so today we are going to share a few tips with you to do just that!
One Pot Meals
Post cooking clean up accounts for much of the mess in the kitchen. This can include pots, pans, and cooking utensils, all of which can be a pain to clean. To make life easier focus on making one-pot meals in either a slow cooker, pressure cooker, or skillet. There are tons of recipes out there for just these types of meals that you can even serve right from the cooking vessel. This makes clean up much easier as you only have one thing to clean! Who doesn’t like that?
Reduce and Clean As You Go
One of our all-time favorite tips and one we practice religiously is to clean as we cook. There are many reasons this tip is great but the main reason we like it so much is that it makes cleanup manageable and after the meal is done you can actually relax knowing you don’t have a whole pile of dishes to scrub. Also remember that if you are cooking a bunch of items you don’t need different utensils for each pot unless cooking raw meat. Simply rinse between stirs and you are good to use the same spoon or spatula for each dish. While your food is cooking use the downtime to do any cleanup that has accumulated.
Keep It Simple
Unless you are throwing a dinner party there is no need to make a big production out of serving your meal. The idea is to get dinner on the table and off again as painlessly as possible. To do this, simply serve out of your cooking vessels. Just put a trivet down and mind the heat of the pan while serving. If you are indeed having guests over or want to serve your meal on serving dishes, keep things easy by simply covering any leftover on the serving dish with tin foil or plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. This way you aren’t dirtying another dish or container that you will just have to clean later. Alternatively, you can use a storage container as your means to serve your food. Either way you are eliminating an item to clean. The last serving option is to simply have everyone come into the kitchen and load their plates buffet style from the cooking vessels.
Soak It and Forget It
This one has been discussed before but it is worth repeating. To make after-dinner cleanup even easier remember to soak your cooking vessels while you eat. Just toss in some warm water and dish soap (and some baking soda if it’s really stubborn), leave it and then after your meal all you need to do is give it a quick rinse, a little scrub, and you are good to go!
That’s all for now, but remember if you work smarter not harder then you will be sure to eliminate some of that dish work and make doing dishes a bit more bearable.