Christmas Kitchen Tips
‘Tis the season - for a very busy kitchen that is! Christmas time for many means an extremely overworked kitchen (and in many cases an overworked Christmas cook, whoever that may be). This article is all about how to have a well thought out and planned Christmas kitchen.
Tip 1. Get planning.
You may be thinking that ‘going with the flow’ is the course forward. However, from experience, I can tell you that this will not provide the best and smoothest Christmas experience for you or the guests. Preparations should be made in advance. In regards to recipe reading, menu writing or other, you should pick up a pen and make some notes on how you want your Christmas to go.
Tip 2. Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Christmas is a time to kick back and enjoy the finer things in life, however, you need to keep in mind practicality. Don’t get yourself a turkey fit for 10 people if it won’t be able to fit it through the door. You should also consider what utensils and kitchen tools you own - you may need to pick some more up before cracking on with Christmas dinner preparations. Have yourself a plan of action in regards to which hob will be used for what - remember that things need to be cooked in the right order and timing is important.
Tip 3. Get ahead of the game.
Cooking things in advance is a fool-proof way of containing the Christmas cooking madness. Whether you are freezing the pre-peeled vegetables or moving ahead to sauces which are all-important for smoothing your juicy meal in - make as much as you can before the main event.
Tip 4. It’s not cheating to buy a Christmas pudding.
There’s no need to feel like a fraud just because everything isn’t homemade. You should enjoy the process and it shouldn’t feel like you are pressured into making every single little thing up from scratch - feel free to mix and match!
Tip 5. Get your elves to help you.
Christmas is all about coming together and working as a team, you shouldn’t be expected to do everything yourself. As such, you should enlist the help of someone to be your assistant and help you with the process. Many hands make light work. Unless you want to undergo the personal challenge of preparing the entire Christmas dinner singlehandedly or would rather spend the entire day alone in the kitchen working on it alone. We recommend you make this a group effort.
Tip 6. Keep on top of the washing up
If all utensils are sorted out quickly then there’s going to be less clutter and more surface space. You can get your elves to keep on top of all washing up as it arises - do not underestimate the importance of this part of the process - it’s going to make life easier.
Tip 7. Go easy on the mulled wine and egg-nog.
It’s a fine line between underdone and burnt to a crisp, so be careful in making sure that all of the various components of the Christmas dinner is properly maintained. This is quite difficult if the Christmas spirits are flowing generously - leave them until after dinner.
Best of luck on your Christmas dinner kitchen adventure!