Easy Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Clean Up
I love hosting during the holidays, but I hate the cleanup. Talk about a mess cooking dinner for your entire family can make your kitchen look like a bomb went off in it.
Over the years I have perfected my methods of cooking for easy cleanup, and I have discovered other ways to cut down on the mess as well. So here are my best tips for you.
- One the worst things to clean out is the turkey pan. I recommend that you buy a Reynolds turkey bag but sometimes they burst, so I also recommend lining foil at the bottom of the pan just in case. Clean up will be a breeze.
- My second suggestion is line whatever baking dishes and pan you can with foil makes cleanup easy.
- I also recommend using disposable anything you can get. Tablecloth, disposable napkins, cups, plates, utensils if you can find recycled ones that is even better. The most significant mess of Thanksgiving for most people is the dishes.
- Reynolds sells a crockpot liners and using one saves you burner space. You don’t have to clean the crockpot out, so that’s why recommend the crockpot a to make your mashed potatoes.
- Consider buying beverages that are canned, so you don’t need a glass. Most people will drink from the can if the beverage is cold.
- Make it a potluck or ask people to bring side dishes. It's less cooking and dishwashing for you.
- Try the Pinterest Miracle Cleaner. It’s a solution of dawn and vinegar, and it works like a dream on dirty pots and pans especially if you throw in a little bit of baking soda for extra scrubbing power. This stuff will dissolve the food.
- Denture tablets can help remove food stains and loose up stuck on food.
- Use wax paper when cooking and baking then you throw away the wax paper, and there is no mess on the counter.
- Keep a Tide pen handy to pretreat and remove stains from table linens.
- Finally, serve your dishes in the containers you use for leftovers. I primarily use Pyrex clear glass bowls with lids. This way I do not have to spend time putting away leftovers.
Do you have any clean-up tips to share?