How to Ease Up Christmas Cooking
Posted on Dec 14 2012 at 08:18:23 AM in How-To
With only few days left until Christmas, you are probably begin to feel under pressure. There are many tasks, to be done perfectly and in time, in order to make the holiday a night to remember .. in a good way. You will have to clean your place, decorate it, shop for gifts and last but not least – cook a multiple course meal for your family. Sounds like a lot of work … But it is totally worth doing it all. To help you with one of the chores, we've prepared some tips on how to ease up Christmas cooking.
Advanced planning is known as the best time-saver, so why not just do it and avoid the hassle. Excuses like “I get things done best chaotically” will not get you far. Sit down with a cup of coffee and start planning your Christmas meal. Have in mind, it will consist of several courses, which will take a lot of time to prepare, so planning will definitely come in handy.
Make a list
Making a to-do list has never done any harm, contrary, it can only help you be more organized. Once knowing what you will be cooking, go trough all your kitchen counters and see if you have all, what will be needed. Think not only about the ingredients, but also about kitchen ware, table cloths, decoration and everything. The last thing you want is to discover you are out of napkins on Christmas Eve.
Go shopping early
There is a Christmas madness going on in the shops, the week before the holiday, so it will be a very smart idea to do an early shopping. This way you'll avoid the crowds and reduce twice the time spend in the supermarket. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for Christmas discounts and make the most out of them.
For most people, cleaning the kitchen before the actual cooking marathon makes no sense at all. We don't agree with that, and will tell you why. Sure, cleaning kitchen counters before making a mess doesn't sound smart, but that doesn't apply for your oven. Burned off food and other residues can ruin both the smell and taste of your dishes, so preforming a fantastic oven cleaning before you begin, is a must do.
Following those tips, we just gave you, will definitely ease up the actual Christmas cooking marathon. After all there is a particular reason why people say that “You can never be too prepared” . And remember, even if everything doesn't go exactly as planned, this holy night about spending quality time with your loved ones, which is most important thing of all. Merry Christmas.