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October Guest Post by Roxana Oliver
I love food, I love cooking and I love
dinner parties. This is not surprising if you knew I grew up in a family of
food enthusiasts. In my family, dinner parties are not organized only for major
holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but on a weekly basis, as well.
Almost every Sunday I host a dinner
party and in truth, the cleaning afterwards no longer makes me sick. The reason
for this: I worked out how to minimize my time in the kitchen after a party.
So, now Iím passing on these useful cleaning tips to you.
1. Choose the right cookware
I cannot stress enough how much your
choice of cookware can influence the amount of time you will spend cleaning
after cooking. High-quality cookware needs soaking only, while lower-quality
ones can mean spending hours in the kitchen after the party.
Whether it is made of stainless steel,
cast iron, aluminium, or copper, every type of kitchenware has its advantages
and disadvantages. What is important is that you buy it from a trusted brand. You
can choose any brand you like, but I would recommend you go with ones that are
cleaned with ease.
2. Pack the leftovers
When you clear the table, start
packing up the leftovers. Do not, at any cost, leave them over night. They
should be refrigerated within two hours. Use plastic containers rather than
just covering them with a plastic wrap. Categorize them and pack them in more
small containers rather than one large, or use an airtight bag.
3. Soak the dishes
Everything which can be cleaned easily
such as plates and glasses, you can put in a dishwater immediately after the
party. You do not need to pre-rinse it. However, when it comes to removing
grease and stuck-on food on the bottom of pots and pans, or cleaning burnt pots,
there is a trick you can do.
Fill them with hot water, add a spoon
of baking soda and turn on the stove. Let the water boil for 4-5 minutes. You
will be surprised how easily you can clean the burn pot afterwards.
For more pot related cleaning tips, I
4. Tablecloths, napkins and dishcloths
Another common mistake is putting
stained linen in the washing machine right after the party. Before you go to
bed, check your linen and soak it if necessary. There are various ways to treat
stained tablecloths depending on the type of stain. Make sure you
soak the linen before bed, so that you can put it in a washer the next
morning. Choosing the right kitchenware too is
essential and my recommendation is not to go overboard but just have the
essential pieces from quality brands.
5. Before the party
There are some tips and tricks you can
apply during the cooking process so that you spend even less time in the
kitchen. Line pans and pots with foil before you use them to prevent the possible
burn on food and make them easier to clean. You can also foil line on your lid,
as well. While you are preparing meat, use butcher paper to cover the counter.
In this way, you do not need to clean the counter, just toss the paper in the
When you are cooking, apply the
cooking spray wherever you can. You can buy it in any store, but it is just as
easy to make
Finally, try to clean the dishes in
stages. This means that after using pre-prep dishes, put them in a dishwasher
or wash them yourself in order to save you time. You do not want to have more
dirty dishes than necessary after the party.
So with all this in mind hopefully youíll
end up not needing to dedicate more than a half hour for post party clean up.
With a little bit of organization, you can finish cleaning and go to bed not
worrying about it in the morning.