Preparing for Thanksgiving is by no means a one-day affair. If you’re hosting, you’ve been getting your house and kitchen ready, and spent days making lists, shopping, and cooking.
Once the feasting is over, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cleaning up—and you shouldn’t have to! Here’s our fail-proof, get-it-done method for getting your kitchen back in shape so you can relax.
First, Your New Motto:
Four Words: Clean as You Go
This should be a standard working-in-the-kitchen habit, but when you’re making large portions of multiple dishes, the principle will save you from epic messes and keep your kitchen running smoothly even as you’re still cooking.
Get a Helper, if You Need to – Solicit the help of a friend or family member who can wash dishes while you’re cooking. This will save you time and energy, and you’ll be giving someone who wants to help the opportunity to be useful and keep you company while you’re working.
When it comes time to clean after your meal, let everyone who wants to lend a helping hand. But don’t be afraid to communicate how you want things done: If your china doesn’t go in the dish washer, let your helpers know how to handle it or give them another task.
The After-Thanksgiving Plan
1. Clear the table
First things first: Clear the table thoroughly. This is an easy way to have others pitch in.
2. Put away leftovers
Besides the food safety reasons for not leaving food out for too long, getting the leftovers put away first thing allows you to move on to the next step of sorting the types of dishes you will need to wash.
3. Soak pots and pans
Inevitably, there will be some cooking items that you weren’t able to “clean as you went.” Soak difficult-to-clean pots, pans, and any empty serving dishes that are aren’t being used to store leftovers. Depending on your kitchen’s layout, consider setting these soaking dishes on the stove top while you address everything else. (And just in case you need it, we have some tips for cleaning burnt or scorched pans.)
4. Hand wash and load the dishwasher
While heavily soiled dishes are soaking, tackle the rest of the pile. You’re going to batch process so everything goes as quickly as possible.
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