If you are like me, you have probably embraced cooking as a way to escape the boredom of the coronavirus quarantine. However, the one drawback to this kind of indulgent escapism is eventually you will have to clean up the mess – especially if your recipe calls for flour. If you want to learn how to clean,  or avoid having to clean a big mess afterwards, read on.

Water Plus Flour Equals Glue

Many of the ingredients you need to create your favorite pastries and bread will combine to make glue when mixed with water. 

For example, when you combine water with corn syrup, vinegar, and cornstarch, you get glue. Whenever you mix water with powdered milk, vinegar, and baking soda, you get glue. It is that gooey gunk that gets left behind in your sponge.

If you want to save time and avoid the flour dough mess that comes after cooking with flour, I have listed some tips that may help.

Plan Your Workspace To Avoid The Messy Cleanup

If you take the time to plan out your workspace, you will save time both during the cooking process and cleanup. 

 A good rule of thumb is to set your ingredients out in the order that you will need them. Wash, chop, and measure before mixing. 

Clean As You Go

Be sure to clean as you go. Wipe up small spills, load the dishwasher, and toss scraps out as you go. When cooking with flour, try to avoid water spillage (especially hot water) since the combination will turn into a simple glue.

Lessen the Mess

Ordinary wax paper and silicone baking mats are great for shielding countertops while measuring wet and dry ingredients. You can also minimize the cleanup by keeping a small hand vacuum handy. Bench scrapers and small scrub brushes also do the trick. If you’re anticipating a lot of scraps, keep a bowl or small bin handy. You can dump the contents into your garbage container as you go. 

Finally, just take your time. Enjoy the cooking experience. When you’re relaxed and focused, you’re less likely to create spills that make the cleaning up part a chore. 

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