Here are 5 tips to get prepared for holiday feasts:
Basic Appliance Maintenance
One thing you don’t want is for an appliance to break down while you’re cooking for a house full of people. Doing some quick maintenance can prevent you from a holiday catastrophe, plus it’s just good homeownership!
Fridge: Clean your condenser coils, usually located on the bottom or back of your fridge. Wipe
down the entire inside so it’s clean and ready to go.
Oven: Hold off on running your self-cleaning cycle until after the big day. Purchase an
oven thermometer and test your oven. You want it to be at the right temperature so you
don’t burn your meal.
Dishwasher: With an empty dishwasher, place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack. Run the
dishwasher through a hot-water cycle and voila - clean dishwasher!
Trash bags, dish soap, dishwashing detergent and aluminum foil are just a few of the things to stock up on before the holidays. Include these staples on your shopping list so you don’t run out while you’re cooking. Imagine the ‘horror’ of running out of dish soap on Thanksgiving!
Prepare a Stain Fighting Kit
When large groups of people get together spills happen. You may have one cousin who talks with his hands and spills his drink or small children running around bumping into adults and causing splashes. Regardless, treat spills ASAP. Prepare a stain fighting kit so you’re ready as soon as the first drop falls (or as soon as the last guest leaves). Your kit should include: carpet stain remover, vinegar, club soda, baking soda, rags and a small scrub brush.
Buy Appropriate Cookware
Roasting a turkey? Buy a roasting pan. Making mashed potatoes for 30? Buy a stock pot. Before cooking your meal find the recipes you want to make and check for all necessary cookware and utensils. If you are missing items, try thrift stores so you don’t have to pay full price for the roasting pan you will only use once a year. Having the right tools will help make your feast shine.
Make a Recipe Book
No, you don’t need to test every recipe and take beautiful photos of them, but it is good to be organized. Print out the recipes you’re planning on using and combine them in a binder for easy access. Organize them by start time so you can easily flip through as your day progresses. It’s all in the timing. Pro tip: Save your recipe book for next year to make your job easier. Replace sub-par recipes and save winning recipes.
Happy Holidays! We wish you a perfectly golden brown and delicious turkey!