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10 Steps To Prep Your Kitchen For The Holidays!!

posted in Home & Garden
11/26/2013
  • These simple prep tips will help get your kitchen in tip-top shape to help ensure a happy and smooth-running holiday entertaining season.
    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!
    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.
    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:

    poultry seasoning
    thyme
    rosemary
    sage
    parsley
    garlic
    nutmeg
    cinnamon
    ginger
    vanilla extract

  • 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!
    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?
    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.
    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.
  • 6.  DECLUTTER 

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.
    6. DECLUTTER

    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.
    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!
    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
    • Toothpicks
    • Batteries
    • 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!
    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.
    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.
  • I hope you enjoyed this Tip!! Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments!! Thank you!! 💖😄✌️

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