Five more ways to get your kitchen ready for Christmas
If you have seen our list of five ways to prepare your kitchen for Christmas, you are already well on your way to a stress-free holiday season. Here are a few more ideas so that you are fully prepared for the celebrations.
Update your spice rack
Spices lose flavour as they get older and some can go hard, making them impossible to use. Traditional Christmas dishes are full of flavour, so go through your spice rack, throw everything out that is over a year old and start afresh.
The main spices you will need are mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for sweeter dishes, with garlic, sage and thyme for savoury cooking. Don’t forget to stock up on salt, pepper and stock cubes.
Check your cookware
You should have already checked your crockery, but don’t forget to check your cookware. Do you have enough saucepans and baking trays? Make sure your roasting dishes are not cracked and your tins are not rusted.
You could consider using disposable roasting trays. This saves on washing up and they can also be recycled!
Sharpen your knives
Knives are essential for chopping and carving, so make sure they are nice and sharp to slice delicious turkey for your Christmas dinner. Use a sharpening steel or stone and ensure you sharpen the whole length of the knife. Be careful with serrated knives, as they should always be sharpened professionally. Give your scissors a sharpen too – great for wrapping presents!
Timing is crucial when it comes to your Christmas dinner, as is ensuring you have enough oven space to create the perfect turkey with all the trimmings. A Lincat LMR9 6 burner gas range oven from a supplier such as 247cateringsupplies.co.uk/lincat-slr6-silverlink-600-4-burner-gas-range-oven is ideal for a large family dinner, with plenty of space for meat and roasties in the oven and vegetables on the hob.
Check everything is working properly, including your microwave, dishwasher, food processor and freezer. Give everything a scrub and you will be all set for the big day.
Childproof your kitchen
If you are expecting guests with little ones, you will want to ensure your kitchen is safe. Keep dangerous items such as matches and knives in high cupboards or in drawers with child locks. The same goes for cleaning products.