I spend a lot of time in my kitchen here on Wallace and I know baking and jam making is messy work. But with a plan of action and a bit of know-how, you can breeze through the clean-up and get to the fun part quicker: eating the delicious baked treats! Follow these tips to nail the post-baking clean-up and leave your kitchen sparkling.
It’s all about Planning
Planning your routine in advance reduces the time you’ll spend cleaning up after baking. Fill your sink with hot, soapy water before you begin. This way your baking trays can be soaked in water as soon as you’ve removed whatever it is you’re baking. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with trays and pans that have been left for several hours for the baked on cake mix or pastry to harden. You can also get a spray bottle of vinegar ready for wiping stains on the go and a few clean cloths.
Stubborn baked on stains
If the baked on cake mix or pastry still won’t come off with the soapy water, try filling the sink with boiling water and one cup of baking soda. Drop in the trays and leave them to soak for an hour. Use a sponge to wipe away the stains, which will have loosened thanks to the reaction between the hot water and the baking soda.
Once baking trays and pans have been washed, it’s a fairly simple job to clean the remaining utensils and mixing bowls. Just re-fill the sink with more hot, soapy water and clean what’s left.
It’s better to clean spills and stains as you go, so they don’t get chance to dry on and become tougher to clean off. But you might not want to use a store bought cleaning spray with chemicals while you are preparing food. Especially if you have young children helping out in the kitchen. Vinegar is a really versatile and effective solution for wiping surfaces, plus it’s eco-friendly! Simply spray a bit onto a cloth, then wipe the surface. For more stubborn stains, you can put a few drops directly on to the mark and leave for a couple of minutes before wiping.
Stuck on pastry
If you’re making something with pastry the clean-up can become a bit more difficult, as the rolling out process often leaves bits of pastry stuck to boards or work surfaces. Take a palate knife and carefully scrape the stuck on bits of pastry, taking care not to mark or scratch your work surface. You can then wipe away any remaining residue with a damp cloth.
Your floor will likely need a good once over after you’ve finished baking. The sooner the better, so you can be sure to get everything up before it’s trampled into the floor or transferred to other rooms. A small hand-held vacuum cleaner can come in very handy, particularly for the messy corners of the kitchen. But if you don’t have one, a regular dust pan and brush will do the trick.
If any cake mix or pastry has gotten on to the floor, it’s better to avoid harsh cleaning solutions so you don’t damage the floor. Use the vinegar spray, and if that doesn’t work, use a small amount of all-purpose cleaning spray. Try not to use too much water, as you don’t want to have to wait a long time for it to dry.
Cleaning the oven
The post-baking clean-up is a perfect opportunity to give the oven the proper clean it deserves. Once it has fully cooled down, mix baking soda with water to create a paste then cover the inside of your oven with it. Leave the paste for 12 hours or so and wipe off – you can use a spatula to scrape where the paste has dried a little tougher. With a spritz bottle, spray vinegar where any residue from the paste remains, and give the inside of the oven a good wipe with a damp cloth to finish.
Hopefully you find these tips to nail the post-baking clean-up useful. I’d love to hear any of your must-try tips for cleaning up the kitchen after a big baking session.
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