Tip: Use a ball of aluminum foil to scrub glassware clean.
When I was growing up, my mom was one of those women who made a point to cook big meals, especially on the weekends. My attitude is more along the lines of: “I have been doing this stuff all week. Let’s eat out!”
This past weekend I must have been feeling a bit nostalgic or bumped my head because I decided to put a bit more effort into cooking. Among the many things I made, there was a cake and a meatloaf involved.
I admit, sometimes cooking can be fun, at least until I get to the cleanup. Since I slightly overbaked the cake and failed to use that thing (I don’t know the name of) to put under my meatloaf in the pan, I was left with some messy dishes. Another thing I remember from my childhood is my mom always saying, “Those are going to have to presoak overnight. Just leave them, and you and your brothers can do them tomorrow.”
While I don’t enjoy cleaning, I am also the person that can’t go to bed unless the sink has been cleared and the counters wiped down, so the idea of presoaking overnight sends an uncomfortable shiver down my spine.
To make my life easier I decided to check out my bank of tips to see if there was anything to help me out, and, sure enough, I found a tip to get baked-on foods off in a jiffy! For the record, I just smacked myself for saying jiffy.
Use aluminum foil as a glassware scrubber to get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack. Dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil can be used in place of a steel-wool soap pad.
True or bull?
True! It took me less than a minute to work the awful stuff out of the bottom of my glass casserole dishes. It takes me more time than that to rinse the dishes that my kids “already rinsed” and get them into the dishwasher. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case the pictures; they look good as new!
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This tip is a time-saver; just make sure you only use this on glass bakeware. If you try to use the aluminum foil on your metal pots and pans, count on replacing them. While my grandmother would have reused that piece of aluminum foil another 10-15 times before discarding it, I strongly advise against it. Start fresh each time.
Now that the dishes are clean, I am off to try to find a way to get off the mouthwash that has been sprayed on the wall right next to the sink it should have been spit into without losing my sanity.