Conundrum: A Messy Barbecue Grill Rack
Solution: As soon as the last burger comes off the grill, brush down the rack with a stiff, long-handled brush and close the lid. The dying coals will continue to burn off anything that remains on the grill, and it will be well seasoned for next time. If you have a gas grill, leave the heat on for a few minutes after brushing. If you brush the rack down after every use when it is still hot, there's no need to remove it for cleaning.
Conundrum: A Deep Fryer Full of Leftover Oil
Solution: Let the oil cool completely, then empty it into a plastic container with a lid, such as an empty margarine or cottage-cheese tub. Cover and put in the trash. Never dump fat down the drain, since it can cause clogs. Plus, liquid and solid fats don't break down easily, an issue if you have a septic system.