Clean Up Tip – Cover Your Mixer
If I have a big cooking or baking project, like preparing peaches to freeze, canning tomatoes for salsa (see Memoirs of a Delicious Life p. 56), or making holiday cookies, I like to do it when my husband is home. He is the best cleaner upper ever. He washes and puts away, somehow staying out of the way, while keeping the kitchen clear of detritus. I should also mention that he is a first class peeler, chopper, and measurer. A special bonus of having him there happens when a favorite country song or “oldie” comes on the iPod. Then he saunters over, takes my hand, and gives me a twirl. He is just the best.
Back on topic here, I find one of the messiest jobs in the kitchen is when I use the stand-up mixer. (I still love my ten-year-old Kitchen Aid.) Splatters with liquid ingredients are not uncommon and additions of flour or powdered sugar surely produce clouds of cleanup. That can result in a light powder coating all over your counter and on your person. Perhaps this could be avoided by slow, bit-by-bit additions but my impatience lends me to the messier results. A natural solution for me is a kitchen towel over the mixer.
Simply draping a towel over the mixer (as shown) you can control the amount of mess. You can still lift it up to take a peek, add more ingredients, scrape the edges of the bowl, or keep track of the progress of your whipping cream. Some things do need to be watched.
Now your mess is contained on the inside of your towel, which can be shaken out, if necessary, and then tossed into the laundry. Voila! A simple solution for avoiding a big mess.