I’ll never let you forget that I don’t have a dishwasher in my small kitchen.
We’ve got a reliable gas stove, a quiet refrigerator, and a freezer that doesn’t mind being overstuffed. I’m grateful for all of these fixings.
Still, the lack of a dishwasher means I spend a lot of time sudsing up my plates, forks, and pans. In fact, I fear a disproportionate number of these little In This Small Kitchen posts will revolve around the sink. Sorry in advance.
I know dish racks aka dish drainers are controversial, especially when counter space is scarce. They seem clunky, as does leaving your dishes out instead of stowing them immediately away. Which is what I do, for better or worse.
For me, drying the dishes would be one chore too many. I’d start to hate being in the kitchen: cooking, then washing, then drying. So long as I don’t have dirty dishes so numerous they don’t fit in the rack at once, I’m content to pile up bowls and pots, Jenga-like, as high as they’ll go without crashing. Pictured is our dish drainer on one of its more burdened days.
What’s your dish-washing philosophy?
P.S. My favorite one-pot meal in case dishes aren’t your thing.