In my kitchen there's this eternal conflict between my love for baking and my hatred of washing dishes. But when it comes to making things like birthday cakes from scratch one of the most important steps is the preparation and pre-measuring of ingredients, and this mise en place means lots of extra bowls to wash.
Although 10 bowls sitting on your counter might look pretty and organized, all I can ever think of is all the extra work it's creating — but not anymore, with this tip from Real Simple.
The fine folks over at Real Simple are always on the lookout for ways to make life a little easier and that's exactly what this quick tip is all about. They suggest placing a coffee filter in a small bowl before measuring in your flour or other dry ingredients for a recipe.
You can simple lift the filter out of the bowl and pour it into your mixture and toss it in the trash (or compost/recycling bin depending on the filter). The bowl goes back on the shelf and there's no mess or fuss! Even if you don't hand wash it still means there will be more room in your dishwasher for more important items and cleanup will be finished the second your baked goods hit the oven!
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