The best professional cooks tend to obsess about kitchen cleanliness. Here's how they keep dishes, pots, boards and aprons spotless.
Chefs Know Best: Unexpected Kitchen Clean-Up Tips
"I use steaming-hot water and a small amount of soap, so there won't be any residue. I move the mop in a figure-eight motion as I sweep myself into an exit in order to get every corner. The finishing touch is a water-only mop to make sure there's no soap left." — Executive Sous Chef Stephen Lyons, The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA
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Rare is the at-home cook who enjoys the process of cleaning up. And that old mantra “clean as you go”—handed down by moms as they make a huge mess—can be tricky to follow. Here, some of America’s best chefs offer surprising tips to ease a range of tiresome chores, from mopping the kitchen floor to erasing stains from an apron.
Whether it’s squeegees for countertops or vinegar on cutting boards, these suggestions will help keep any size kitchen spotless.
Check out the slideshow above for great insider secrets to speed and simplify dreaded KP duty (Kitchen Patrol).