So you’ve got no strainer, no dishwasher, one pan, and a teeny tiny sink… How do you actually cook anything with your hands tied like that? Here’s a few tips that have saved us in the past few weeks, despite our tiny kitchenette and limited tools.
- Make sure to clean your dishes after every meal, especially if you have no dishwasher! This is imperative for several reasons:
- The sink is too damn small to keep anything around.
- Old food will start to smell, which easily permeates through your tiny living space. Really, your bed is about 6 feet away! And then the smell soaks into your clothes and sheets… blegh.
- The longer that old food sits, the harder it is to clean later – don’t make it harder on yourself than it already is.
- A dish drying rack is cheap but essential, to save manual drying time and towels.
- If you are making pasta or blanching vegetables without a strainer, you’ll have to strain using the lid of your pot or pan. Hold the pot handle with one hand and use the other hand to keep the lid mostly on but just barely cracked to allow water (but no food) to escape when tipped over.
- Use pasta in a recipe that benefits from the starchy stickiness of the unrinsed pasta – it will absorb some of the sauce and other fluids, making it more flavorful!
- When you’ve only got one pan, sometimes that means you’ve got to fry a few different ingredients one at a time for your meal. Try to start with the ingredients that are likely to leave the least fat and gristle behind. But never fear if it can’t be done – try to turn it in to an advantage with one pot dishes where that little extra flavor comes in handy! For example, for our fish tacos we fried our fish before the tortillas, which absorbed a little of the fish oil and seasoning.