The holidays can be full of cooking and baking making quite the mess to clean up afterwards. Here are a few simple ideas from our Institute of Home Science expert Anna Carl that will cut down on the cleaning time so you can spend more time on what matters.

  • Parchment Paper: Line cake pans and baking sheets with parchment paper. Not only will your cookies come off the pan easier making them look great but it will also save you from having to scrub a sticky baked on mess.
  • Aluminum foil: Line roasting pans with heavy-duty foil. Roasting pans can be difficult to clean not only because of how large they are but also because they typically spend longer in the oven and are covered in hard to clean sauces and glazes.Lining the plan will free up much needed sink space and save you and your pan from excess scrubbing.
  • Go disposable: Foil pans are great to use when you are short of serving dishes or if you’re bringing a dish to a potluck or dinner. They easily go from the oven to serving without creating additional dishes to wash.
  • Prep: Try pre-measuring and storing ingredients in plastic bags or bowls. This can cut down on your prep time and keep the amount of measuring cups and spoons used down to a minimum.