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No matter how dedicated you are to the concept of “cleaning as you cook,” you will make at least a small amount of mess every time you prepare a meal. It’s inevitable, but the goal is to minimize the amount of mess you have to clean after cooking, and every small preventative measure helps.
This little hack from TikTok user Andrew Gatt is one such tiny measure:
As you can see from the video: it’s all in the wrist. When you pour something from a bowl (or mixing cup) into a pan, then turn it back in the direction it came from, the liquid that was gathering at the edge of the bowl and on its lip spills over the side, forming a gross trail from the bowl, onto the counter. To keep beaten egg (or any other drippy, messy substance) from dripping down the side of the bowl after you pour it, just keep turning, completing a 360-degree turn in the direction you tilted the bowl originally. The residual liquid will drip back into the bowl, which you were going to wash anyway.
I tried this with the scrambled eggs I had for lunch and it worked pretty well. There was one tiny little drip on the side of the bowl, but it was so tiny it just kind of dried up before it had a chance to make it to my countertop. The rolling bowl maneuver (which is its official name now) prevented a truly tiny mess, but it’s one truly tiny mess that yours truly doesn’t have to clean up. I think it would work really well with batters, some of which (ahem, brownie batter) are notoriously drippy.