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Cleaning Tip

I'm really lazy, so things like cleaning up and cooking do not come easily for me. My freezer is usually filled to capacity and then some with frozen food I bought during my monthly grocery trip -- I have soy milk and chai mix so I don't have to replenish my dairy, either.

Understandably, I get a lot of use out of my microwave. Some time ago, I started using this to my advantage: while my food is microwaving, I must spend that time cleaning up. It only takes a few minutes to load or empty the dishwasher, or switch out laundry, or take out the garbage, or put the folded clothes away (folded while watching TV) and it makes a huge difference in how fast the mess catches up to you. The main thing is not to go back to the computer or to the TV for those few minutes, or you've totally lost your productive time.


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Jul. 23rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
that's a pretty good tip. i may affect that soon in my house.
Jul. 24th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Every time I see that userpic it reminds me of a traditional piece of clothing commonly worn in New Guinea, often called a p**** sheath or a p**** gourd.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh I do that too and it makes such a difference. Also, I drink a lot of tea, so I like to pick up while I'm waiting on the kettle to heat up.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
computer... what? not come back to the computer? Does not compute.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
microwave-at-work cooking tip
I discovered a great "microwaved meals at work" trick.

See, here's the deal. The night before you cook enough rice for dinner and for lunch the next day (or couple of days, whatever) Store the cooked rice in those re-usable ziploc plastic microwavable container things, or tupperware if you want to commit to re-using.

The night before you take some vegetables you would normally want in a stir fry, you know, broccoli, cabbage, snap peas, etc (but make sure its all things you *could* eat raw), chop them up to stir-fry granularity, and set them, raw, on top of the rice in the tupperware.

Throw soy sauce and chopped garlic on top.

Then pack it in your bag to take to work. When you're hungry, perhaps put a little water in the bottom, or if you put on enough soy sauce the night before, just let the soy sauce do the trick, seal it, and microwave it. The steam from the rice, soy sauce and possible extra water steams the vegetables, and you get delicious steamed veggies over rice.

p.s. This works best if you're a vegetarian, or willing to eat vegetarian lunches [you can add tempeh or tofu or something for protein, or pre-fry TVP the night before and keep it in a separate container). If you're a meat eater, you could always throw some canned sardines in the mix (what I used to do), or if you're veggie, you can enjoy the smug satisfaction that the meat-eater options for this delicious meal simply do not work as well as what you're doing.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Re: microwave-at-work cooking tip
p.p.s. I think the "microwavable food" people have caught on to this trick, and make pre-made variants of this dish. I still say they stole my idea (although they probably got the idea first, and either I didn't see it (due to little-to-no TV time) or did see it, and didn't consciously register the experience)
Jul. 24th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: microwave-at-work cooking tip
Yum. I love your approach to cooking.
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: microwave-at-work cooking tip
Nice! Thanks!
Jul. 24th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
I prefer the "hire a cleaning person" approach, myself.
Jul. 24th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
dammit, this is the second time you've made me wish LJ had a "like" button.
Jul. 24th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
My attempts last night to cook and do some housework chores resulted in burnt dinner :(

I guess leaving things on the stove extra long doesn't work the same as leaving things in the microwave after it has beeped...
Jul. 24th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
true. :) It probably still works for cleaning in the kitchen since you can monitor it...
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Nov. 7th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Grrr... more spam. At least it's better written spam, except for that trailing last sentence.
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