These simple prep tips will help get your kitchen in tip-top shape to help ensure a happy and smooth-running holiday entertaining season.
1. CLEAR OUT OLD FOOD
Set aside an afternoon to clear out all old food items from your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Not only will you create more room for all those holiday culinary creations, but you’ll also get rid of all those expired or unwanted things you’ve forgotten about!
2. CHECK YOUR SPICES
You can’t make tasty dishes with stale spices! Be sure to check the “best by” dates on all spices you plan to use. When in doubt, throw out all spices over a year old as well as any that don’t have an obvious aroma when opened.
Here are some spices you are likely to need in the coming weeks. Check them and restock as necessary:
3. CLEAN OVEN & DISHWASHER
Not fun but it is so nice to start with a clean work space when the bounty of baking begins.
Trust me….you will be glad you took time to do these steps!
4. INVENTORY COOKWARE
Keeping cookware organized can go a long way toward creating an efficient holiday meal. First, inventory your pots and pans. Did you loan the large roaster out last Christmas? Do you have dishes, serving platters, and silverware?
5. WASH DISHES, FLATWARE, GLASSES, AND LINENS
Since a lot of our holiday pieces only comes out once or twice a year, then they might be a bit dusty. A few days before the bustle of preparations, pull out any special dishes, glassware, flatware and serving pieces and give them a good wash.
Once the cooking begins in earnest, you’ll appreciate extra areas to work. Go through your kitchen and remove extra items from countertops, tables and shelves to declutter. Place all these things into temporary storage and plan to get them back out again after the holiday.
7. SHARPEN KNIVES
Don’t settle for hacking up the turkey when you can carve it like a pro.
To use a sharpening steel, hold the steel in your left hand and the knife in your right hand, with the cutting edge toward you.
8. STOCK UP ON THE BASICS
Save yourself some time and be sure you have plenty of these things on hand to get you through the next months or two. You don’t want to have just finished a huge meal only to discover you’re out of dishwasher detergent!
Be sure to have everything you need on hand, including:
• Garbage bags
• Plastic bags
• Kitchen string
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic wrap
• A disposable roasting pan
• Containers for leftovers
• Cheese cloth
• Dish soap
• Dishwashing detergent
• Coffee filters
• Paper towels
9. CHILD-PROOF YOUR KITCHEN
If you already have young ones at home, you probably won’t have to do much. But empty nesters and newlyweds will want to make sure their kitchen is safe for little ones.
First make sure they can’t get a hold of any potentially harmful objects, such as matches!
10. APPLIANCE CHECK-UP
Appliances need to be prepared and ready to go for holiday dinners. Check each appliance you plan to use – microwave oven, stovetop, oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, crockpots, food processer, mixer and blender – to make sure they work and they’re ready for action.
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