The holidays will be here before you know it, and it’s time to consider getting a head start on making sure your kitchen is ready for incoming guests. Whether you plan to host larger gatherings or special meals with immediate family, your kitchen is going to experience heavier-than-normal traffic. This year, instead of stressing out over trying to get everything ready right before your gatherings and special meals, consider getting some important tasks done ahead of time. Here are six steps you can take right now to make life easier during the holidays.
Take stock of your baking essentials
Last-minute runs to the store during the holiday rush are never ideal. Now is a great time to take a thorough look in your pantry and make sure you have those non-perishable necessities. For those ingredients that may be more perishable, such as butter and flour, store them in the freezer to preserve their freshness.
Assess your bakeware collection
Your oven often gets an extra workout during the final few months of the year, and so does your bakeware. Take a look at your pie plates, cookie sheets, and other baking items to ensure you are prepared for the increase in sweet treats and oven-baked dishes you will be preparing over the holidays. If you do need to replace something or purchase an extra item, it’s best to do so before the holiday shopping rush.
Check on your storage container supply
Sometimes the best part of holiday cooking is all the delicious leftovers you end up with. Imagine, however, attempting to store the remains of a special homemade meal only to find out that you don’t have enough containers to do so. Take a peek at your container collection now, so you don’t end up having to put any of your delicious leftovers to waste.
Clean and organize your refrigerator
This step is essential for a smooth holiday cooking experience. For starters, you’re going to want all the free space in your fridge that you can get for extra ingredients and leftovers. Additionally, your guests are likely to catch a glimpse inside of your refrigerator, so you’ll want things looking neat and organized. Now is a great time to thoroughly clean your appliance and make sure you’re keeping your refrigerator organized.
Bake and freeze dishes ahead of time
Precooked sides and desserts can make the holiday cooking experience run much more smoothly. Making certain dishes ahead of time cuts down on cooking tasks when your guests are in town. You’d be surprised how many items can be made ahead of time and frozen for later. For example, did you know that you can freeze cookie dough before baking it?
Plan your menu
Whether you intend to try some new recipes this holiday season or stick with old favorites, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Put together a physical list of the dishes you will be making and the ingredients that you will need. This way, you can cook with confidence knowing that you have all of your recipes and ingredients at the ready.
The holiday season gives homeowners the chance to really put their kitchen design and appliances to the test. Take these steps now to free up time for friends, family, and fun during special gatherings, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any of your appliance needs.