Spilling oil is the worst: It’s not only a pricey ingredient to waste, but it’s also hard to get off the floor. But don’t worry, we’re here to help: First, sprinkle a layer of flour over the spilled oil and wait a few minutes. With paper towels (or a brush if there’s glass on the floor) move the flour around until it has absorbed all the oil, then sweep it up with a dustpan and a broom. Spray the area with cleaner and wipe away the last traces of oil and flour.
Fat can splatter from a hot skillet, so here’s a neat way to keep the mess under control: Place an overturned baking sheet across the burners next to the pan. This will catch any rogue grease and leave the burner plates and stovetop relatively mess-free.
Every cooks knows how frustrating it is to have to stop in the middle of making a meal to wash a utensil. Save time by filling a large glass or jar with hot, sudsy water. Then, when you dirty a utensil (such as a paring knife), just place it in the glass as soon as you’re done with it, so that it only needs a quick rinse before you need it again.
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