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View Poll Results: GAK!! How do you deal with the cooking aftermath?
wash as I go and try to leave as little as possible around. 20 74.07%
just leave them... I did the cooking so someone else can do the washing up 2 7.41%
I refuse to worry about it until my belly is satisfied 4 14.81%
It's not a problem. It is part of the fun for me. 0 0%
procrastinate until there's nothing clean left in the kitchen to use 1 3.70%
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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GAK!! How do you deal with the cooking aftermath?

We all agree that cooking is a great fun, but we also agree that with it comes along this inevitable pain-in-the-u-know-what, dirty pots, pans, utensils and what not piling up in the sink and on top of the counter waiting for someone to put them away. How do you deal with them regularly? Anyone has any clever tip to ease up the pesky chore?

For me washing as I go is the best thing I can do, but still there are always too many things left after dinner, sometimes it seems to me those dirty stuff just multiply inside the sink all by themselves!!... and that is from just the two of us so I can't imagine how bad the situation could be if you had a larger family!!

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Old 10-17-2005, 11:10 AM   #2
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It all depends on what I am cooking and how tired I am after I am done. For something like stir fry, there is not enough time to cook as you go. When I make something that is on the stove for hours then the cutting board and prep tools and such will be cleaned while the food is on the stove. Usually though for dinner, I will cook, then we will eat, then I will clean up the mess. Sometimes DW is feeling generous and will clean some things.

We originally had the deal that I would cook and she would clean, but she does much more of the household chores around the house so there is no way I can in good conscious ask her to clean the dishes as well.

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Old 10-17-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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Professonally, I operate under the clean-as-you-go option. However, at home, I rarely have time for that, with 5 hungry kids and three adults all sounding off rumbling bellies. So, I voted for the "don't worry about it until the belly is full" option.

I agree with GB, though. If I have time, I will clean the prep dishes and utensils. Usually, though, my cooking is pretty much do one thing, move to another, then a third, etc., as I'm used to cooking more that two things at once. There have been times when I'll have all four burners going, something in the oven, and something in the microwave.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:06 PM   #4
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I do the best I can to clean as I go, in part because the work space in my kitchen isn't very big and because I just function better when things are clean. Lately DH has been an even bigger help than normal in cleaning up after dinner.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:19 PM   #5
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I try to wash as I cook, but, if I'm tired or just not in the mood to deal with it. I rinse it off until after we eat and then put it in the dishwasher.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:24 PM   #6
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" just leave them... I did the cooking so someone else can do the washing up"

LOL.. you are funny
if I waited for someone else to do
them they'd never get done.

I clean up as I go along.
If Paul decides to cook... I clean up
as he goes along.
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:41 PM   #7
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Dishwasher works for me! Hubby usually washes but I hate to see clutter. My dishwasher hides everything!
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Old 10-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #8
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I usually try to clean up as I go, but, when Cade is here he loves putting things in the dishwasher so he helps me. Dh on the other hand washes everything by hand, then I have to wait til he goes nite nite and put them into the dishwasher..His heart is in the right place, but, his eyesight is for the birds

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Old 10-17-2005, 02:20 PM   #9
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While I'm prepping and cooking, stuff gets put into the dishwasher when there's a break in the action. Once the cooking is done, I stop to eat then stuff goes into the DW after dinner. Hand wash stuff waits until tomorrow or later.
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:03 PM   #10
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Whenever I watch Rachel Ray doing those thirty minute meals, I chuckle to myself, thinking of the amount of time it takes to clean up.

I try to clean up as I go along, but if I'm doing a big meal, then right at the end when everything is getting done - I've got the gravy going, the vegetables that need to be cooked very quickly and the meat needing to be carved, I kind of lose it, and the kitchen gets really messy really fast. I never seem to be able to get through the last 1/2 hour gracefully!

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