With maids out of reach and dishwashers out of stock, households across the country are finding it challenging to manage office work, home, kitchen and kids without help.
And among all the household chores, washing utensils deserves the trophy for being the most exhausting and never-ending. While we may not be able to eliminate it, here are some tips to reduce the number of utensils that you need to wash every day.
But a word of caution. Use your rationality and maintain hygiene to prevent any cross-contamination, especially when dealing with raw food. Never re-use a utensil or spoon that you have used for non-veg without washing.
Cook For the Entire Day in A Go
In order to plan and execute efficiently, it is best to cook for at least an entire day at a single shot. This way, you can just rinse and use the same utensil multiple times before you put it away for washing.
Cook and Serve in the Same Utensil
Cook, serve and if possible even store in the same utensil. Suppose storage is not possible, at least store after you are done with the first meal. The food cools down in the meanwhile, and also you can store the left-over away in a smaller utensil.
Cut Everything At A Go
First, soak all the vegetables you need for the day in a large bowl. Then cut everything one after the other and if needed, just rinse the cutting board in between. This way, you won’t have to wash it thoroughly every now and then.
Use The Same Utensil to Wash Pulses and Rice
Wash pulses and rice one after the other using the largest bowl. This way, you can use the same for pulses, rice and vegetables.
If you need to soak anything for an extended duration, just rinse and soak in the Kadai or pressure cooker itself.
Remove Pressure Cooker Washer To Strain Excess Water
It is best to cook rice in a pressure cooker. It is quick and easy. If you have excess water in the cooked rice, just remove the washer of the pressure cooker and tilt it sideways. Water will seep away while rice remains safely inside. This way, you won’t have to transfer the content to another utensil to strain the liquid.
Make Papad Followed By Tadka or Sabji in the Same Kadai
Cut papad into half and fry it in a Kadai. This way, you can reduce oil consumption and also store more papad. Re-heating oil is not good for health. So, don’t switch off the stove. Immediately, prepare tadka or Sabzi ( poriyal) in the same Kadai so that you won’t have to use another utensil.
Reuse Frying Pan
Sometimes, you can use the same pan multiple times before you put it for washing.
For example, first, use the pan to make tadka and then you can reuse the same for frying your paneer or fish without having to clean in between. Similarly, if you make an omelette for breakfast and have to fry fish, chicken or paneer for lunch, you could just reuse the same pan without washing in between. However, do take care to keep the pan covered in the interval.
Grind One After The Other
Mixer grinders are the most-utilized appliance in a kitchen and one of the toughest to clean too. That is why it is best to use the same jar after the other before you give it a thorough wash.
If you need to grind for chutney, curry masala and any spice, then first grind the spice in a dry jar, then the coconut for chutney. If needed, give a quick rinse and then you can grind the curry masala. This way, if you plan before you start, you can save time as well as effort.
Make Tea And Boil Milk In The Same Saucepan
This tip can is for families in which everyone adds milk to their tea.
Always boil milk in the saucepan and pour it immediately into a mug. Then, make your tea in the same saucepan. As you will anyway strain your tea, the milk residues that remain in the saucepan will get strained off.
Also note that if you leave the milk in the saucepan for long or if you refrigerate the same pot in which you boil it, the milk residue sticks to the base and sides and cleaning becomes pretty hard.
Clean As You Go
Finally, and most importantly, clean as you go. Most of the smaller utensils that are used while prepping doesn’t get much dirty. They are easy to clean. But if you put it along with the utensils in which you have cooked, the food residue and oil will be all over, and you will have to put in double the effort to clean.
If you look around, you will find a lot more ways to work more efficiently in the kitchen and thus reduce your burden. But do keep in mind to maintain hygiene and prevent any cross-contamination, especially when dealing with raw food.
If you have any more such tips to share, do let us know in the comments.