It’s that time of year again. We all know that Christmas can be utter pandemonium at times. From buying and wrapping presents to organising and preparing for the Christmas Dinner with friends or family, this is the season to be most stressful.
To help ease your load a little, we’ve put together some useful tips for making sure that you have your kitchen perfectly prepared for Christmas this year.
1. Check All Your Cooking Equipment
This is the time of year that you dig out the best, fancy china, the extra large roasting tin and all the special kitchen items you only use a handful of times a year. If you have a lot of guests coming to dinner it’s worth making sure you have enough plates, cutlery, pots and pans prepared, and that none of them has suffered a fatal accident in the back of the cupboard since last year. The last thing you need is to find you are missing that crucial piece of equipment on Christmas morning.
2. Make a Christmas Cooking Schedule
One trick to reducing the stress of cooking Christmas dinner for lots of people is to create a cooking schedule. Start by planning out starters, main course and Christmas pudding, detailing all the recipes and preparation times for each section of the meal. Just make sure you don’t enjoy too many of those special chef’s alcoholic treats to be able to follow the schedule you make.
3. Get Shopping Done As Early As Possible
Rushing around at the last minute for turkey or sprouts is a sure way to send you into a Christmas meltdown. Planning is essential, so go all of your Christmas food shopping as early as you can or place any orders in good time. Online delivery services can save an enormous amount of unwanted stress.
A faulty oven is the last thing you want on the big day. Check that the oven actually works, whilst there is still time. Turn the oven on and make sure it fully heats up. It’s also advisable to give it a good clean in the week before Christmas, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned for a while, so that it doesn’t affect your cooking. Another wise tip is to make sure the enormous turkey you have bought actually fits in the oven.
5. Check Table and Chairs
No one wants to put Granny on the wonky chair on Christmas day, so check that your table and chairs are all in working order. You may find that one or two more guests that you had not previously anticipated might be coming to dinner, so be sure to check the house for the odd spare. Garden furniture and deck chairs don’t usually work at the table, so if you are short, ask guests to bring a few, just for the occasion.
6. Decorate the Kitchen
We often decorate hall, sitting and dining areas, but people regularly forget the kitchen. Which is shame, as it’s the room that some people spend more time in than any other over Christmas. Why not get into the festive spirit by introducing a bit of tinsel and lighting around the kitchen? Scented candles, can also go a long way to creating the perfect Christmas atmosphere on the day.
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