Preparing your kitchen for Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and while chestnuts roasting on an open fire were enough to keep Nat King Cole happy, we think your taste buds deserve a bit more from Christmas. With that in mind, here are our top tips to make sure your kitchen is ready for some festive joy.

Tidy the fridge

It’s an age-old Christmas tradition to buy a turkey big enough to feed the whole street, and no matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise, a bird that size is not going to fit in the salad crisper.

We recommend that you have a good clear out of the fridge before you go shopping for festive food, and think about what actually needs to be in there. Eggs, tomatoes, butter and bread can all happily live outside of the fridge to make room for your festive arrivals.

Check your oven

When you have three generations of hungry family members arriving for Christmas lunch, the last thing you want is to be trying to microwave the turkey because the oven isn’t working, or isn’t big enough.

It’s a great idea to save oven space by combining a few ingredients in one dish; potatoes, parsnips and carrots will all roast beautifully together, and whoever gets landed with the washing up will thank you too.

Make space on the worktop

Every square inch of worktop is essential for going head-to-head with Christmas lunch, so you need to claim as much terrain as possible.

Tidying your worktops is always a help, but think about other space you can make. Toasters, health grills and biscuit jars can all go in the back bedroom until Boxing Day; if you can live that long without a custard cream, of course.

Decorate

Guests will be popping in and out non-stop to come and help you with dinner, or more likely to steal a chipolata. If the kitchen looks as Christmassy as possible, you can make sure they notice the festive feel-good factor, even if you’re feeling the heat. Tinsel, baubles and even candy canes on your doorknobs will brighten the kitchen straightaway and give it a high-spirited feel.

Keep it simple and enjoy!

Whatever you get up to in the kitchen, be sure to make things as easy as possible for yourself. If you’re having fun, so will your guests, and ultimately that’s the most important thing. Happy Christmas!

Posted by Peter
December 9, 2014
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