How do you cook?

This is usually how it goes for me....

Kitchen has to be clean before I start, no dishes in the sink, counters cleared. Than I take out all my ingredients and use them as I go. After I use my ingredients I put it away. I'm not really a 'clean as I go' kind of girl. I clean all the dirty dishes and countertops when we finish eating dinner.


How about you?! Do you clean as you go?
Posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:21 am
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nelly5
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Sometimes Ill throw away a can or a box but i usually do after we have ate.

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 am
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if it's something that has to bake, we'll usually clean up during that time, otherwise we do all the clean-up after we eat...and sit on the couch for a while! :)

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 8:31 am
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I try to clean up as I go but it doesnt always happen. I like to put a plastic grocery bag on the counter and throw trash in there while I cook so that way DH doesnt have as big of a mess to clean up. If I cook, DH cleans up and does dishes so I just throw the dirty dishes in the sink for him.

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm
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I don't mind a little mess already there.  Our counters are pretty full of stuff (containers, appliances, chopping block, etc.) and there's always a stray dish or two (or 3,4,5!).  I don't like my dishes in the sink, I like them neatly arranged (and all rinsed) on the counter.  As I'm cooking, I'll rinse whatever I've used and won't need anymore, and once everything's done and served, I'll put up the leftovers, rinse and arrange the dishes, leave them to relax with DH or any guests and do the dishes in the morning.  I like doing them in the morning, it's my quiet time.

Posted on October 22, 2010 at 3:08 am
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I need all the leftover dishes from the morning out of the sink before I start so I wash/put away those.  I get all ingredients out and usually prep/pre-measure them all out before starting the recipe (kind of like the cooking shows where everything is already all portioned out).  I usually do this before DH gets home so that dinner will be quick to make once he's home.  I definitely wash things as I use them and put them away so that the only things left to clean after dinner are the plates and the last minute things used to cook the meal like a pan or pot.  We have a small kitchen so if things pile up and I run out of room, I get frustrated.  DH is the one that cleans the dishes after dinner...that's our deal.  I cook, he cleans! :)

Posted on October 22, 2010 at 4:32 am
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I start with a clean kitchen and I preferably end with one. I try to clean as I go as much as I can. I will at least soak what I needed in the sink.


(Did I mention we are getting a dish washer soon? Can't wait!! Yay!)

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 6:26 am
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I also need to start with a somewhat clean kitchen.  Before I start cooking I clean out the sink of whatever dishes/put dishes in the dishwasher/unload the clean dishwasher and then get out all of my ingredients.  I'm a wash as I go type of person except for the very last pot/pan, FI is in charge of cleaning that and of clearing the table/washing the dishes when we're done.

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 10:13 am
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I'm becoming more and more like my DH when it comes to kitchen habits.


I pull things out as I need them and clean while I'm cooking. By the end of the cooking process I usually only have a few things to clean or put away b/c I do it all while cooking.....DH takes care of cleaning everything else afterwards.

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 10:24 am
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i also need a clean kitchen before i start. i can't cook if there are dishes in the sink, because i tend to go through lots of dishes/utensils as i'm cooking. i usually pull things as i need them and put them back right away. most ingredients i use are easily accessible anyway. and DH cleans as i go! it's the best part of cooking together :)

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 11:10 am
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I clean afterwards

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 4:23 am
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FI cleans afterwards. at least he has started too. YAY.

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 6:23 am
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My kitchen is pretty much ALWAYS clean, I never have dishes in the sink for long periods of time... When cooking I try and clean as I go... DH does the dishes plates and silverwear and any pots/pans we use while we are cooking as soon as we are done.

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:47 am
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Everything has to be ready - counter clear and sink empty. I then take everything out I need. Lastly, I clean as I go.

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 9:08 am
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Yep, I clean as I go...I usually get the food started and then do the dishes as I cook.

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 9:53 am
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I start with a clean kitchen. I thoroughly clean the kitchen after we eat dinner and do a quick clean up after breakfast if we happen to eat at home, which is rarely the case. We're at work all day, so when I get home and start cooking, the kitchen is still clean from the night before.


I clean up at the end of cooking. I like to get everything I'm going to use out at first and then work from there.

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 10:29 am
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I clean afterwards too. Sometimes before I start I have to get some space though and put away things.

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 11:13 pm

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