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Holidays bring about more dish washing than usual. I don’t know about you, but I simply loathe washing tons of dishes after baking or cooking. We have lots of dishes that also need to be hand washed such as certain knives and cooking pans.
This season I have already baked and cooked a few delicious recipes that have left a completely sticky mess in my kitchen and on my dishes. Some of those dishes include baked macaroni and cheese, stuffing, Mexican wedding cookies, sugar cookies, and much more.
We have been loving this holiday season. We have had lots of amazing family and friends come over and gather, and have been invited to some wonderful events. Our church held a Christmas Gala and cookie exchange that was super fun. I love this time of year. One of our favorite places to buy ingredients for mass baking and for stocking our home for the holidays is Costco. We are huge Costco fans. I love to buy our dishwasher soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, eggs, and cooking oils there; along with tons of other things. We love perusing the toy selection this time of year, along with getting samples!
I have loved hosting several family members this year at my home. Living in such a beautiful city, we often get out of town guests who want to come and visit. Below I’ve listed some ten tips to keep our dishes clean for the holidays, as well as a super easy, last minute, crockpot stuffing recipe! I know I love having a collection of easy, overnight recipes for the holidays.
‘I have learned a few secrets to getting dish washing and hand washing done fast and efficiently. I will share them now with you!
- Use effective, grease-cutting soap: we love Dawn Platinum Advanced Power soap from Costco because not only is the cost great, but it is the most powerful dish soap we have come across. Platinum is able to tackle baked-on and 48-hour stuck on food. This is perfect for sticky casseroles! For our dishwasher, we love Cascade Action Pacs from Costco. These little pacs are mess-free and give our dishes a beautiful, shiny clean. Allow dishes to soak for 10-15 minutes: fill up one side of the sink with warm, sudsy soap-water. A few extra minutes really help the food to loosen and soften on the dishes, making the “washing” faster!
- Use a good sponge: for hand-washing, invest in several good sponges that have a coarse side as well as a sponge side. Replace them as they start to tear or smell funky.
- Avoid piling dishes in the sink; rather, stack them on the counter next to the sink so you have room to clean dishes in your sink. Group similar dishes together for easier cleaning.
- Wash the cleanest dishes first and the dirties last: all that grease and sticky food can leave residue on a sponge, so save the toughest jobs for last!
- Save the dishwasher for dishwasher safe plates, utensils, glass dishes (such as casserole dishes and pyrex), and cups. Rinse all dishes before placing in dishwasher.
- Hand wash specialty kitchen items such as knives, wooden cutting boards, wooden spatulas, pots and pans, and accessories to appliances.
- Air dry dishes in a dish rack. This is more sanitary than using kitchen towels over and over again, and saves time.
- Listen to music or make it a family event: I often invite my three year old to help me “rinse” dishes, or ask my husband to help while we listen to fun and relaxing music.4
- For crystal and fine dishes, hand washing is the best bet. Wash with warm water and wipe dry with a soft towel.
- Try to end every night with a clean and empty sink. Waking up to an empty sink the morning after a holiday party is a wonderful relief! Allow friends to help clean when they offer, and most of all, enjoy hosting your parties!
Here is the easiest stuffing recipe! Throw it all in your slow-cooker and keep on cooking or get some shopping done!
- 1 box stuffing
- 1 cup celery
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup mushroom
- ¾ cup melted butter
- ½ pound browned and drained sausage or ground beef
- 1¼ cups chicken broth
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Spray the slow cooker with a non-stick spray or coat evenly with oil.
- Whisk celery, onions, mushrooms, eggs, chicken broth, and butter together in crockpot.
- Add the stuffing andsausage or ground beef and toss to coat evenly.
- Cover and cook on high 1 hour and 30 minutes
I’ve shared with you my dish-cleaning tips, along with an easy slow-cooker stuffing recipe. What are some ways you keep your holiday hosting simple and beautiful?