Another Christmas is upon us.
We’re less than 1 week away from the big day and all the preparations are in full swing. Lots of last minute purchases, stressing over the small things and wondering how everyone is going to fit around the table for Christmas dinner this year. Again.
For all the sitting around the Christmas tree or relaxing with a well-deserved drink in the living room, it is your kitchen that bears the brunt of this festive time of year. This is particularly true if you are having people round to your home this Christmas for dinner. How ready is your kitchen for Christmas though? Have you made any changes or done any work that’ll make it easier to manage this year?
Here at Kitchen Warehouse, we have some top tips that will get your kitchen up to speed for the big day.
Reorganise Your Appliances
When you are having people round to your home for Christmas day or even just a Christmas party it is sure to be chaos. Rather than being interrupted when you are trying to check if the turkey is cooked or if you have enough Brussel sprouts on for everyone. Also, make sure all your kitchen appliances are out of your guest’s way!
Place them strategically near the entrance to the kitchen or, better still, on your kitchen island if you have one.
This means that they will be able to quickly grab whatever they need without stepping on your toes when you are trying to get everything ready. Cooking at Christmas can be stressful enough without being asked where the wine opener is for the 10th time in an hour.
De-Clutter The Worktops
If you are anything like us you’ll find that your worktops are cluttered with all manner of items and appliances. For most of the year, this is fine because they are easy to reach and in a certain way they give your kitchen and element of a ‘homely’ feel to it. Christmas is a different story.
Picture it. You are trying to get the turkey out of the oven and find space to place the roast potatoes but that coffee maker you were given last year is taking up a load of space. All the tea, coffee and sugar jars are using more room than they should as well.
If you are cooking Christmas dinner this year then de-clutter your work surfaces the night before. Put away everything that isn’t going to be needed on the big day. This will not only give you a lot more room to work with to prepare your Christmas meal but you can follow our first tip and move the items your guests will need to an easy to reach spot so that you won’t be interrupted.
Prep Your Oven
This goes for your microwave as well if you are going to be using it this year.
Christmas dinner is a special occasion. After all, it only comes around once every year so you want it to taste that little bit fresher. Give your oven a thorough clean in the days leading up to Christmas. This will get rid of any burnt food and ensure that everything that is cooked in it on Christmas day will taste fresh and as it should. A good tip is to sprinkle some baking soda with vinegar on the bottom of the oven (you can even do this in a spray bottle and put a light coat on your oven) and wipe it away with a soft sponge after it has sat for a while.
This will ensure that your oven is in tip-top condition for the big day and do the same with your microwave as well if you plan on preparing food in it as well.
Set Your Table Early
How many of you set your table for Christmas dinner on Christmas day itself?
Have you got a lot of people coming round? Have you got enough knives, forks and side plates for everyone? What about wine glasses? There is nothing worse than going to set the table an hour before your guests arrive and you find that you’re short by 2 glasses or a plate. Realistically where you are going to get another one on Christmas Day? Ask your guests to bring one with them?
It might sound like an ordeal, however, setting your table the day before Christmas Eve will give you plenty of time to ensure that you have everything you need for your guests arriving. If you are short by a spoon or two you can simply nip out on Christmas Eve and pick up whatever you require. No more last minute panicking or asking your sister if she doesn’t mind providing her own cutlery this year.
Merry Christmas From The Kitchen Warehouse LTD
We have had a great year and we look forward to doing business with you in the year to come as well.
We just want to wish all our customers and readers of our blog a Merry Christmas and hope that you enjoy the festivities this year.
See you in the new year!