The upcoming Thanksgiving feast is exciting to think about—but if you are the one hosting the dinner, it probably also fills you with a bit of apprehension. Not only do you have to put in all the time and effort to cook the meal, you also have to clean up afterward. And everyone knows that the cleaning up is the least enjoyable part.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make cleanup a little bit easier. Try out the following tips to keep your kitchen clean during Thanksgiving!
TIPS FOR A CLEAN KITCHEN DURING THANKSGIVING
1. SHARE THE WORKLOAD
Before you ever turn on the oven, talk with those you are going to be sharing the feast with and get an agreement to share the cleanup. It will make your life much easier if you have some help.
2. USE DISPOSABLE DINNERWARE
If you are feeding just you and your immediate family, using the regular dishware makes sense. But if you are feeding a big group, consider disposable plates and utensils.
3. SERVE FOOD IN ITS COOKING DISH
Unless you really want to impress with fancy serving dishes, it is better to send food out to the table in the dish it was cooked in. That way you only have one dish to clean per meal item.
4. SET UP A SYSTEM FOR CLEANING
Before the chaos of the meal and the lethargy that hits afterward, set up a system to ensure everything gets cleaned. Make a place for dishes to soak, create an assembly line for washing/drying, etc.
5. GIVE LEFTOVERS AWAY
Thanksgiving almost always produces more leftovers than one family can eat, leaving a lot that goes to waste. Be active in giving away leftovers to your guests to minimize food waste. You will have less to store and fewer storage containers to clean later. Ideally, send them home with inexpensive disposable storage containers they can keep.
ENJOYING YOUR CHICAGO THANKSGIVING
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