Yesterday I cooked dinner in the crock pot, so it is now in the kitchen sink filled with soapy water to soak off all of the food crusted to the inside. Chances are it will still be there three or even four days from now. My husband doesn’t want to clean it and neither do I, so this will result in a Kitchen Showdown.
A couple weeks ago, I made tacos for dinner. When my husband was cleaning up, he put a lid on the dish of refried beans and stuck them in the fridge. We were never going to use up the leftover beans and both of us knew that. But as B slid them into the refrigerator, this was the conversation:
B: I’m just going to save these because I hate cleaning up refried beans.
Me: Wait. So you’re putting them in the fridge so I eventually get annoyed by them and clean them up myself?
A week after that, we were putting away groceries after a shopping trip. B always puts away dry goods and I take care of the refrigerated and frozen items. Of course, as I was clearing out room in the fridge, those DAMN BEANS were still sitting there. I removed the dish and placed it on the kitchen counter next to the sink. And I left it there. As B was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner that evening, he picked up the dish and said, “You left this here for me, didn’t you?” And then he threatened to just throw the dish away. After I threatened to throw him away if he didn’t just clean it up, he finally did it, grumbling through the whole process.
Well, it’s a similar story with the crock pot. It’s always a hassle to clean and neither of us wants to do it. One of us will at least fill it with water to let it soak, but after that it’s a game to see who gets annoyed enough with it to finally finish cleaning it.
It’s going to be a problem once my maternity leave ends at the end of the month. I won’t have much time to cook during the week, so the plan is to do freezer dump meals every night—which means the crock pot must be cleaned immediately after each use. It’s probably time to invest in the crock pot liners I’ve seen or we’re in a lot of trouble.