November is already reaching its end, which means the Christmas celebrations are upon us! With only a matter of weeks, until everyone is in your home, ready to party, it’s important that you prepare. This week, we have a complete guide on how to completely prepare your kitchen for Christmas!
The first thing we recommend you do is to put aside an afternoon for decluttering. It is more than likely that your kitchen cupboards have a fair few items that should have been either eaten or thrown a while back. Dried foods such as crackers and perhaps even seasonings can be overlooked throughout the year. By decluttering old food, your giving your kitchen more storage space for your nibbles and cooking essentials.
Stale spices are no good and you may even find that some essentials are missing! Make a stock list of what you do and don’t have, check the “best by” dates on each one and replace where necessary. This will save you a last-minute shopping trip when you’re prepping the big Christmas dinner.
This may not be any fun but cleaning your oven and dishwasher can pay off later on. You should clean your oven every 3-6 months anyway, so get it out the way before January begins. By starting your festivities with a clean dishwasher, you will have less risk of any malfunctions when you need it the most.
Organising your cookware can help a lot with kitchen efficiency. It may be good to start with an inventory of everything you have. From there, divide it into what you do and don’t use, as well as what is missing. You can then decide what items will be used the most, and order everything accordingly.
It’s also important to take a look and see whether any pots may be damaged. If you find that some are cracked, they may completely break while you’re cooking. Repairing or replacing them would be the best option.
As many of our holiday pieces are only used perhaps once or twice a year, they may need a dust. A few days before you start on the cooking, pull out all your tableware. Give everything a good clean. Remember, glassware will look murky if you dry them with a tea towel. Leave these upside-down and allow them to dry naturally before you use them.
If you have any cloth tableware items, such as tablecloths or dinner mats, it’s worth giving these a wash. This will help remove any potential marks from the year before, as well as remove any dust.
Countertop space is essential at this time of year. After all, you are cooking for at least twice as many people as usual! Now is a good time to remove any unnecessary items from your surfaces that may be in the way. Minimalism has been on trend for a while anyway, so a good declutter can even help create a refreshing atmosphere.
What good is a turkey if you can’t carve it!? Though it’s not normally considered, you should really think about sharpening all cooking knives before the big kitchen prep. This will simply help speed up cooking time as you’ll spend less time battling with the vegetables.
Save yourself time and be sure you have plenty of the essentials to get yourself through the next month or so. This includes:
This may not require much work if you have children at home. However, if you don’t but you are expecting many at Christmas, it’s important to keep the kitchen safe. Any object that you think may be a hazard, such as matches, lighters, etc, should be stored away. You could also consider child-safety locks on certain cabinets and drawers.
Nothing can hold you back more than necessary appliances that don’t work. Be sure to check each appliance you intend to use throughout the month. Make sure they are in working order and are ready for action. As you assess each appliance, give it a good clean too!
It’s great to be as prepared as possible with your kitchen this Christmas. However, you may find that it’s time for a new kitchen altogether. Though it’s very close to the end of the year, now is the perfect time to assess the space you are currently working with and prepare for a new kitchen installation in 2019. When you’re ready for a new kitchen, look no further. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms are here to help design and implement the kitchen you desire. To find out more, get in touch.