When I get into the kitchen, it’s like a bit of a tornado. Last weekend, when we were still in the midst of a heat wave, I mentioned to my mother that I might head up to my parents house to do a little cooking. I could hear the hesitation/stutter in her voice when she said “Sure- just clean up after”.
Back in my last life when I was going to be a fashion designer and made all my own clothes, a trail of threads would follow me from my sewing room to wherever I went. I suppose I am one of those peeps that just get my head into something and do it full on- perhaps ignoring the itty deets like wiping up a spill or clipping a thread- as the case may be.
As the weather cooled down, I was able to take on the cooking tasks in my own kitchen (much to my momma’s relief I’m sure). And chaos reigned free. I had two jams simmering, a peach pie in the oven, some edamame steaming for a hummus and some basil waiting to be pesto’d. Sweet, delicious, chaos.
It is a wonder how, when I am working in the kitchen (and yay- this is part of my job), I am actually able to take notes and create recipes that work for you in your own kitchen.
Rules were absolutely made to be broken and so I break every one of the rules I have for keeping it tidy while cooking.
Meghan’s Tip Top Tips For A Tip Top Clean Cooking Kitchen (That She Never Follows):
- After you have measured out an ingredient, put it away to avoid excess clutter on your counter.
- Wipe up a spill straight away so it doesn’t spread and create more mess
- Clean up dishes as you use them to avoid a mass pile up at the end
- Finish one cooking project before taking on another
- Read through a whole recipe up front so you can use minimal dishes and measuring cups/spoons
- Write down recipes or recipe modifications as you make them
And since I break all of the above- this is how things usually look:
What can I say! Things get a little dirty when you’re making love in the kitchen.
(Peach pie recipe coming soon!)
Question Of The Day: What are your tips for keeping the cooking process chaos free?