A messy kitchen is the sign of a good cook!
Have you ever heard that expression? I think there's a lot of truth to it. Cooking isn't a clean and tidy business. You need to be willing to get a bit messy if you want to cook things in a reasonable amount of time.
Of course, the clean-up afterwards is one of the main downsides of cooking. It's disheartening to spend a couple of hours slaving away to cook the perfect roast, only to realise you've got another hour of washing up before you can relax!
That's why I'm always looking for ways to decrease cleaning up time after one of my very messy cooking sessions. There are a few things that have helped:
- Buying a dishwasher. For years I didn't have one, but since getting one I think I love it more than any human.
- Doing washing up as I go. If it's a recipe that has some downtime, I do as much washing up as I can so there isn't as much at the end.
- Properly lining and greasing trays. It can take a lot of scrubbing and hard work if part of your meal catches on a baking tray or pan. Avoid that by using non-stick products and being careful to properly grease them (your food will taste much better too). This is especially important for baking - BHG have a good guide here.
These have all helped, but buying a cordless vacuum cleaner has also decreased the stress of cleaning after cooking.
I had no idea cordless hoovers existed until a few months ago, when I stumbled across this best cordless vacuum guide by a website called Spotless Vacuum. The article explains all the benefits of a cordless hoover - such as extra convenience - and I instantly realised I needed to get one for the kitchen.
In the end, I decided to go for the Dyson DC44 Animal, which I absolutely love. Now instead of constantly sweeping up onion peel, breadcrumbs and who knows what else when I'm cooking, I just have the Dyson next to me at all times. It's also great for getting down the side of the fridge as it's a stick model - a common spot for my extra food to get caught.
I will say one thing though: I don't think cordless vacuums are the future until they can sort the battery life out. I'm happy with getting 20 minutes of use before needing to recharge, as I mainly use it for kitchen spills and other small things (maybe some models have a longer life?). I don't see how anyone could replace their main vacuum though - I spend a lot of time cleaning my home and I would keep needing to recharge it.
So there you have it - my tip for the day when it comes to cleaning your messy kitchen. I hope it helps!