Preparing meals together is a great way to create lasting holiday memories. However, it’s no secret that whipping up Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe can create quite a mess. This year, use these clean-up tips to enjoy holiday time in the kitchen:
Start with a solid base
Avoid messy counters when baking your favorite holiday treats by covering your work area with parchment paper. Not only will it catch any spills, the wax coating also prevents food from sticking. You can even use it as a base to roll delicate pastry doughs. Once finished, gather up the paper and toss it in the trash.
No mess, no worries
Food residue, such as egg shells and batter, are easily transferred from hands to cabinet handles and counters. To avoid this mess, set aside a large bowl for storing peelings and scraps. When all the cooking and baking is done, simply dump the contents of the bowl into the garbage can for simple, mess-free clean-up.
Utensil resting spots
Baking often requires using measuring spoons more than once. Rather than setting dirty utensils on the counter, which scatters seasonings and sprinkles, place them in a cup as you create your favorite holiday treats.
Soak now, clean later
Let’s be honest, no one looks forward to scrubbing dirty pots and pans after hours spent in the kitchen. Make it easier on yourself by soaking the dirty pans in soapy water while you cook. For an added boost, use a soap that works well against grease. By the time your mouthwatering pie comes out of the oven, the dishes will be ready for a quick and easy clean-up with less scrubbing.