Being sick of ending a meal with a sink full of dishes, I got smarter and came up with a strategy.
Before I can begin making a meal my kitchen needs to be clean, the counters clear, and the sink free of dishes. Having a clean dish cloth at the sink when I start a meal is a must.
Starting meals in a kitchen that’s clean, and prepped provides the perfect environment for my culinary creativity.
I have a two part prep system which involves prepping my cooking and clean up stations. First let me tell you how I set up the cooking station.
Before I start my meals, I pull out the ingredients, dishes and utensils I’ll need. I set them on the counters along with a large bowl to collect garbage. Having everything out saves a good bit of time.
When I need something as I’m creating my dish, it’s all at arms reach.
To set up my cleaning station, I fill my sink with hot soapy water. Then I grab a clean Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth from the kitchen linen drawers along with a clean dish towel. The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is washable so it can be reused, just like my dish towels.
Using a Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth saves time and space too. In the past, I’d keep a scrubbing sponge and dish cloth at the sink. I’d use the scrubbing sponge for my non-stick pots and a dish cloth for plates and utensils. My Scotch-Brite® Dish Cloth is both of those in one. One side of the cloth is a soft fiber for dishes while the other has non-scratching scrubbing dots for my pots and pans. The scrubbing power makes cleaning messy dishes and dirty counter tops easy!
I like to clean up the kitchen as I am prepping and cooking. As soon as I am done with each dish, I put them in the hot soapy water. This has makes clean up even easier. While I’m working, the hot soapy water is too. It’s breaking down the food, grease and grime so by the time I wipe them with my Scotch-Brite® Dish Cloth, the food comes right off.
While my food is cooking, I wash up any remaining dishes and wipe the counters.
These tips have helped make cleaning the kitchen after a meal easier for me for over a decade. Now that I’ve shared them with you, I hope you are excited about making a meal. Here’s a delicious dessert recipe from my kitchen.
Serves 6 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 3 cups canned peaches
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Drain the peaches, lay them in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, sugar and egg together. I mix until it forms a mixture or clumps and fine powder but shows no signs of remaining wetness from the egg.Then evenly sprinkle the mixture over the peaches.