Can you believe that it’s already November? We surely can’t. It feels like just yesterday we were pulling out our bathing suits and heading down to the shore for the weekend. Now, it’s time to start pulling out our cookbooks and plan our menus for the holiday season. Don’t look now, but at the time of this blog being written, Thanksgiving is exactly two weeks away. It doesn’t matter if this is your first time planning Thanksgiving dinner or your fifteenth, getting ready to host swarms of people at your house can be overwhelming.
If you’re feeling anxious, that’s perfectly normal. With a little help from your friends, Copper Chef reviews a few quick ways to get your kitchen ready for the holiday season.
Out with the Old
The first step to preparing your kitchen should actually be a routine step that you already complete. Set aside some time to remove any old food from your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Clearing your food storage spaces of old and unused allows you to take a good inventory of what you have vs what you will need to buy. It also frees up space that you will need to store your holiday dishes.
Stock the Spices
While you’re taking inventory of the items that you have, you want to definitely double check your spice cabinet. The last thing you want is to use stale spices that no longer have the intense flavors you are looking for. This can negatively affect your dishes and render them inedible or unenjoyable for guests. Try to avoid that as much as possible.
As Copper chef reviews the necessity of clearing out your spices, there are a few spices and seasoning that you may definitely need this holiday season. This includes vanilla extract, poultry seasoning thyme, cinnamon, garlic, rosemary, and ginger. Be sure to stock up on them in advance.
Check the Cookware
You can have all the food and spices in the world, but if your cookware is in dire straits, then everyone is just eating takeout for the holidays. Unless you want to recreate the Turducken scene from A Christmas Story, Copper Chef suggests reviewing your cookware to make sure your pots, pans, oven, and even dishwasher are in working order. Tighten any loose bolts or screws, make sure your pots and pans all have covers, and thoroughly wash out your oven and dishwasher.
Don’t let the process of preparing for the holidays scare you. This is a great time to get the family together and catch up over great food and conversation!