Keeping the kitchen oil-free is an important part of daily life. Not only does it make cooking and cleaning easier, it also prevents unwanted spills and stains. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen oil-free.
Use a nonstick cooking spray to cook with:
Cooking spray is a great way to cut down on the use of excess oil. It also makes cleanup much easier. Most cooking sprays are available in major grocery stores, but there are other alternatives that you can try as well:
Vegetable, canola, or corn oil Mix ½ cup vegetable oil with 2/3 cup water and heat until boiling over medium heat. Pour into an empty spray bottle; leave the cap off for 24 hours to thicken. Put the cap on and shake before using. Baking soda and vegetable shortening like Crisco – Place 1 cup baking soda in a pan, add enough shortening until mixture forms a paste (about ¼ cup), then transfer to an empty spray bottle. Shake before using.
Dish-washing liquid and oil – Mix ½ cup cooking oil with 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid in a bowl then transfer to an empty spray bottle. Shake before use.
Rinse your dishes and pots and pans as soon as you’re finished using them:
To rinse your dishes and pots and pans, fill the sink with soapy water. Scrub the surface of your items to remove any excess food particles before rinsing completely. If you have a double-basin sink, try using one side for washing and the other for rinsing. This will further reduce the amount of oil that you use on a daily basis by preventing it from being transferred from one dish to another. Rinse items immediately after cooking. Do not let them sit in water or stack up while you wait for everyone else to finish eating because doing this can transfer unwanted oils onto clean surfaces.
Wipe down the counters and stovetop after each use:
After rinsing, dry your dishes and pots and pans with a clean towel before putting them away. Drying them immediately ensures that minimal water is left behind on surfaces. Wipe down the counters to remove any excess oils or food particles before cooking the next meal. Wet counters can become slippery; oil greatly enhances this effect which could be dangerous for someone walking across the kitchen, especially elderly family members who may not be able to maintain their footing should they slip while walking in the kitchen. Oils also attract other types of dirt, so keeping them cleaned off is beneficial for both your safety and health as well as for maintaining an aesthetically appealing kitchen.
Keep only small amounts of oil in the house:
Limiting how much oil you have in the house also makes it easier to keep your kitchen oil-free. If you’re cooking something that requires a large amount of oil, pour out what you need and then immediately wash and dry any containers used so they can be reused. This reduces the chances of having excess residue on the surface of storage containers. If there is leftover oil after cooking, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use again.
If you plan on using a lot of oil for frying or other types of cooking, consider purchasing individual packets like those found at fast-food restaurants (e.g., McDonald’s) instead; this limits how much you’re using at one time since each packet contains only 1 tablespoon (or whatever the recommended amount is).
Use a disposable paper towel to cover your food while cooking:
Paper towels are another good alternative for use when cooking. Pads designed specifically for microwaving can be placed on top of your dish before putting it in the microwave. Paper towels absorb excess oil which prevents it from being transferred onto other items while cooking or after eating, leaving surfaces clean and grease-free. Be sure to throw them away immediately after using; do not reuse them since they will only attract more dirt and grease which can make cleaning up even more difficult than it already is.
Clean the oven on a regular basis:
Several ways exist for doing this, including using steel wool to scrub away any tough spots, covering food with aluminum foil before cooking to prevent oil from splattering or spraying oven cleaners directly onto surfaces. As always, be sure that surfaces are completely dry after cleaning since water will only attract more dirt and grease which may be difficult to remove later on.
Preventing excess oil in your kitchen not only keeps it looking clean but also prevents other types of dirt and debris from accumulating in places where you do not want them. Oils attract other types of dirt so keeping them clean up is important both for safety’s sake as well as appearance reasons. Do what you can keep changes of food or spills at a minimum and you’ll find that maintaining your clean kitchen is much easier.
Conclusion: Keeping your kitchen oil-free is not only good for your health, but it can also help keep your cooking surfaces looking newer for longer. By following these simple tips, you can make sure that your kitchen stays clean and free of unwanted oils.