Preparing the Kitchen for Christmas

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We all know that this time of year can be pandemonium at times; between buying and wrapping the presents and organising the Christmas dinner with your family and friends it can be quite a stressful affair. To help ease the load a little, here at Ovenu we’ve pulled together a useful list of our top tips to help you prepare your kitchen for Christmas this year.

Test The Oven

The last thing you want on the big day is to find that the oven is no longer in working order. It might be beneficial to check that the oven actually works in the weeks leading up to Christmas, especially for those who haven’t used it in a while. Turn the oven on and make sure it fully heats up.

The weekend before Christmas it is advisable to clean out your oven if it hasn’t been cleaned for a while, so that it doesn’t affect your cooking.

It may be a common joke this time of year, but it actually might be a good idea to check that the turkey you have bought fits in the oven.

Check Your Cooking Equipment

If you have a lot of guests coming to dinner this year; what better reason to bring out the fancy china collection you haven’t seen in quite some time? Count up your confirmed guests to make sure you have enough plates, cutlery, pots and pans prepared.

A key trick to reducing the stress of cooking Christmas dinner for multiple people is to develop and stick to a cooking schedule. Start by planning out the starters, main course and Christmas pudding, detailing the recipes and preparation times for each section of the meal.

Locate and Have All Ingredients As Early As Possible

Rushing around at the last minute for a turkey or your vegetables can be a nightmare! Careful planning is essential, a good idea might be to do your Christmas food shopping as early as you can or place any orders in good time. Online delivery services like Ocado or Tesco Online can save an enormous amount of unwanted stress and time.

Tables And ChairsCouple at table

When was the last time you had a full dining table?

To prevent any spills and accidents at dinner, check that your table and chairs are all in working order. That means no wonky legs or rickety chairs that might give out at any moment.

You may find that one or two more guests that you had not previously anticipated might be coming to dinner; so be sure to check the garage for a spare chair or two if this is the case.

Decorate the Kitchen/Dining Area

Why not get into the festive spirit by introducing a bit of tinsel and lighting around the kitchen and dining room? A couple of scented candles, streamers or some press-on snowflakes around the windows can go a long way to setting the perfect Christmas themed environment for your friends and family on the day.

And finally, don’t forget the crackers and party hats!

We hope you found these tips useful, if you have anything to add then head over to our Facebook page and tell us what you have done in the past to help prepare your kitchen for Christmas.

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in Cooking by Rik Hellewell
About the author: Rik Hellewell

Rik Hellewell is the founder and current Managing Director of OVENU.

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