How to Prep the Kitchen for Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s also the busiest – particularly in the kitchen. If you’re entertaining this festive season, then the kitchen will soon become the focal point and hub of all your Christmas events. To help make your holidays a little less stressful, and a lot more candy-cane cheerful, we’ve put together a few ways to prep your kitchen for this year’s festivities.
1. Out with the old and in with the new
We’re not saying get a brand new kitchen (unless you want to?), it’s time for a little pre-christmas declutter. You see all those bits-and-bobs hanging around on the surfaces and worktops? Time to get rid. Whether you want to hide them away in one of the drawers somewhere, or throw them out completely, the best way to start is by creating space.
With clear worktops you’ll be able to freely move around the kitchen and there will be plenty of space for decorations, food trays, and drinks. Give the sides a wipe down so you’re all ready to get entertaining and cooking. Oh, don’t forget about giving those splashbacks a clean too.
2. Don’t put the bun in the oven yet
The most important element of Christmas, even more than the Christmas tree: the oven. Where the magic actually happens. Forget the tinsel and fake snow, the oven is where the festive cheer really comes from. Definitely avoid running any form of self-clean cycles the night before the big cook-off. The cleaning cycle can actually take its toll on the oven, and can sometimes cause it to slow down just as you’re about to pop the turkey in.
Do a quick clean instead with a wet towel, and leave the deep cleaning until after the New Year.
3. Get the checklist out
Before the big day it’s important to make sure you have everything you’re going to need. From pots, to cutlery, to glasses, right down to the right number of napkins. It’s always good to be prepared, because no one wants a nightmare before Christmas by running out of plate sets.
Don’t just think about your table setting either. Do you have enough dishes to make and serve your food in? Doing a quick inventory early on is vital so you know what you need to pick up before the festivities get underway.
4. Stock up
So, you think you’ve got everything covered and in the cupboards – think again. It’s time to stock up for the holidays. Don’t forget the basics like:
Disposable cooking tins
Don’t forget the spices and condiments either. Things like cinnamon and cranberry sauce are often overlooked in the rush to get the turkey done. Stocking up on your spices early, means they’ll be no brussel-sprout meltdowns this Christmas.
What are you waiting for? Get that tinsel out, spray that fake snow, and be sure to show us your Christmas kitchen when it’s all done. Tweet us @BritanniaLiving or get in touch on Facebook. Merry cooking!