Easy Cleanup Meals: 4 Smart Ways To Do Your Life Easier

Making food is pretty fun! Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a home-cooked dinner to cheer you up and leave you with a smile on your face. It’s really enjoyable trying to cook different things and bring various cuisines into your family home. Most things are really easy for you to cook too – as long as you’re not trying to replicate the work of a Michelin Star chef! However, you can cook easy cleanup meals and at the same time provide recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

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So, why is it that the thought of cooking can sometimes be very daunting? You enjoy it, but the prospect of cooking up a nice meal is often the last thing you want to do. It’s not because it’s too hard, so why don’t you enjoy it?! Usually, it’s because of all the cleaning up! Lots of effort goes into making dinner, and then you have to deal with all the mess. There are food scrapings on chopping boards, and countless utensils sitting around taking up space. The last thing you want to do is clean everything up after you’re full and satiated. Alas, it needs to be done!

What if there were some easy cleanup meals when making dinner? Wouldn’t this make the entire experience more enjoyable and better to look forward to? Well, there are actually plenty of things you can do to speed up the cleanup process and keep your kitchen nice and tidy when you cook. Here’s what you should do:

Get everything ready beforehand

Before you start cooking, ensure that you have everything ready. You’ve got all the utensils you’re going to use nicely lined up, all the chopping boards, and so on. At the same time, you also have a cleaning station primed and ready. There’s a bin to put food waste in, you have dish soap nearby, there are things to scrub plates clean, and even a basin full of washing up water.

Everything is there and ready for you to use, which should speed up the cleaning process. Instead of wasting time looking for all the different things, you’ve got them lined up and ready to go. It should make the cleanup process much easier for you to handle – and you avoid instances when you go to clean something but can’t find the right scrubbing brush or scourer, wasting loads of valuable post-dinner time!

Clean as you cook

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This is hands down the best piece of advice I can give someone. When you’re cooking dinner, you should never have a moment to spare. This sounds stressful, but the idea is that you are always doing something. If a meal takes 30 minutes to cook, the chances are a portion of that is spent with you watching the food bubble away or fry or cook in the oven. In which case, you have some free time to be more productive.

Instead of sitting down and scrolling through your phone, be proactive! Get the items that you no longer need and start cleaning them up. You can very easily clean every single thing apart from one or two items that are still in use. Thanks to the pre-prepared cleaning station, you simply move everything to the sink, scrub them clean, and leave them on the drying rack.

All the while, your food continues to cook away, and you can keep an eye on it. By the time you’ve finished washing up, it might be time to serve everything! Now, instead of a mountain of stuff to clean after you’ve eaten, you only have a tiny handful. In some cases, all you may have to clean is a pan or tray – brilliant!

Soak things right away

What’s worse than sitting down and eating dinner, only to return to your used items with food encrusted onto them? If you leave pans or trays with food debris on them, this is going to harden and stick to the surface. As a result, it becomes very difficult for you to clean. You’re probably unable to get a washing brush and scrub it away. Instead, you need multiple things to scrape away the muck and hope that this works.

In a lot of cases, it will not. This means you have to leave the items to soak in hot water before going back to them. Effectively, this prolongs the cleanup process! Instead of washing everything in a few minutes, you may have to wait an extra 30 minutes before you can finally get rid of the crusted food particles. Sure, you can relax during this time, but you still have the weight of the washing up hanging over your head.

The easiest way to deal with this is by soaking things right away. As soon as you have served everything up, soak the pans, pots, and trays in hot water with some soap. While you eat, the soap and water will soak into the materials and lift away grease and food particles. So, when you go back to clean them up, a simple rinse of water and a light scrubbing brush will do the trick. Just like that, everything is cleaned in seconds rather than half an hour!

Use your dishwasher

Do you have a dishwasher? Most houses will have one and they can be very useful. If something is safe to put in the dishwasher – and it fits in there – you should definitely do so. This makes the whole cleanup process the easiest it can ever be.

Plates, cutlery, and glasses will all be dishwasher safe. They can go straight in there without really needing to rinse them off. If you have any pots, pans, or trays to clean, see if they can also be cleaned here. Ideally, everything can just be stuck in the dishwasher, letting it do all of the work. Believe it or not, dishwashers can help you save more water than manually washing up. So, don’t be afraid to use yours every evening if you can fit everything in there.

If you can’t fit pots and pans in the dishwasher, don’t worry. These will be the only things you need to clean, while everything else goes inside the machine!

There you go; some smart ways for easy cleanup meals when you cook at home. Now, you can find your passion for cooking without the constant worry of cleaning everything up after.

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