Keep in mind, that's the process when the house doesn't have a dishwasher in it. If it does, it's an entirely different cycle, more along the "put inside dishwasher, add soap, wash, rinse, and put away" cycle.
But! This week, I remembered a common kitchen supply that I had forgotten, except for when I can't find the lid to my tupperware container.
That's right. Tinfoil. I made granola bars this week, carefully lining the pan with tinfoil as directed. (Actually, the recipe called for parchment paper, but seeing as I didn't have any, I used tinfoil instead. And the granola bars turned out quite delicious, I might add.) And yesterday, when I finished the granola bars and took out the tinfoil to throw it away, I saw a beautiful sight.
A CLEAN PAN.
That's right. A clean pan. With a quick wipe of a paper towel, that pan was ready to be put away. No sitting around; no developing crusts; no not being able to make other foods; no guilt when I remember the pan and don't feel like cleaning it; no soaking; no scraping, scrubbing, soap, or baking soda. And a clean pan. Tonight, when I made chicken in that very same pan, I carefully lined it with tinfoil, baked the chicken and let it get deliciously juicy and crusty all over that pan. Then I took out the tinfoil and threw it away, quickly rinsed out the inside of the pan with a little soap (because there was a tiny bit of leakage of seasoning, and I wanted to make sure nothing else was in there), and then it was clean. MAX CLEANUP TIME: One minute. That's right, ladies and gents. That means, for the rest of the time while living in this apartment, I will probably go through a decent amount of tinfoil. It might mean a little extra cost, but that's a sacrifice I am more than willing to make for a cleaner kitchen and conscience. Plus, when you get your tinfoil at Big Lots like we do, it only costs like, $1. Which is not a huge sacrifice.