My kitchen items end up getting a sticky grease coating when I cook regularly. Things not even near the stove top. I don't have an overhead fan, what can I do about this?
A cooker/range hood. The proper sort will suck in all that greasy fumes, pass them through a carbon filter (which needs changing) and vents it outside, or upwards(in smaller kitchens without a place to vent it. Its also helpful if you're cooking something that may have irritating fumes.
There's pretty much nothing that will mitigate the problem as well.
I guess cleaning them up is the best. I always clean my work station immediately after cooking, be it deep-frying or just stir-frying because oil spatter that easily.
Do not assume that you could clean them up later, or maybe after a few rounds of cooking because they will stick and harden. Soon enough, it would be difficult to clean.
But if there's a case where your grease build up isn't that bad, using coke with lemon does the job because of the level of acidity in the 2.
Use less fat and a lower temperature. Can also use grease a screen.
Grease will vaporize and then condense on walls / surfaces. Without a fan that is going to happen.
Can also bake or crock or ....
I have the same issue -- and I have no range hood, as it's a ~85 year old house, and I'd have to lose or change the upper cabinets to do it.
My only suggestion is to keep things that are annoying to clean in a cabinet when you're frying, and then clean the cabinets afterwards. If you don't have a good storage place, you can cover them with a plastic bag.
You might be able to coat the cabinets in something -- tape up a dropcloth or similar so it's not exposed.
... unfortunately, I have a pot rack above my stove, and hooks with utensils right behind it ... so they're not really in a good position to protect them without taking it all down. (and cleaning the pot rack sucks, as some of the hooks on the potrack can't be removed w/out disassembling)