Ever since I started experimenting in my parents' kitchen several years ago (around the same time I became interesting in the wonderful guy who is now my husband...correlation, perhaps? :), my Mom constantly impressed upon me to clean up as I go along in the kitchen.
As soon as an ingredient is used, put it away. When you finish with a bowl, pan, spoon or other item, put it in a sink of water to soak for easier clean up later. And, use spare moments (waiting for something to simmer or while you're browning meat, for example) to go ahead and start washing. It's amazing what you can get done in just a minute or two!
It's such a simple concept, but it has saved me so much time in the kitchen!
Thanks, Mom. :)
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