If you have ever hosted Christmas at yours, you will understand how hectic it can get at times. Especially in the kitchen during Christmas dinner preparation! But you can limit the craziness by simply preparing your kitchen for Christmas.
Why Organise Your Kitchen For Christmas?
Christmas on its own can be chaos in itself. With all of your family and friends in one place all celebrating together, if it’s at your own house, it’s almost like hosting a party! Parties take a lot of planning beforehand, which is why you should take the time to organise your kitchen and house before Christmas.
Christmas dinner preparation most definitely takes the title for the most stressful part of the day. Preparing food for a big group of people is extremely difficult, especially when it all has to be served up together at once. You can reduce the stress by planning your Christmas dinner in advance as it can be stressful! Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for a hand; it’s likely that they will be more than happy to help! Organising your kitchen can help Christmas dinner and the celebrations run a lot smoother, so keep reading! We’ve devised a set of tips to follow in order to make Christmas dinner run smoother if you don’t have time for installation of new kitchens Buckingham.
Clear Out Old Food
We recommend doing this at least once a month, even after the festive period. It is extremely easy for old food to build up in your cupboards and fridge, if this is the case, you can run out of space for fresh new food. By allowing your food to build up, you lose track of everything that you have and end up wasting copious amounts of food as they expire in your cupboards without you knowing.
During the lead up to Christmas, you are going to have a lot of ingredients and dishes specifically for Christmas, for example, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce and a huge turkey, chicken or your chosen meat. By not cleaning out your cupboards or fridges, you might not have room for all of your festive food. We recommend that when you clean out your kitchen if you find any tins or canned food that haven’t expired that you donate them to food banks. Donations make an extremely big difference to them leading up to the Christmas period and every little helps.
Clean Your Oven & Dishwasher
We are all guilty of neglecting our ovens in the kitchen. Unfortunately, oven cleaning is often forgotten about or bypassed during a kitchen cleaning session. But it’s always a good idea to splash out and have your oven deep cleaned by a professional before Christmas; you are going to be preparing a vast amount of food that needs cooking all at the same time. Alternatively, we recommend investing in either a Bosch, Siemens or Neffs ovens, which all come with Pyroclean or Ecoclean functions that clean the kitchens itself! You can use these setting to deep clean your oven without using time or money on hiring a professional, the oven even advises you when it needs a deep clean and calculates it after every meal it has cooked! If your oven hasn’t been cleaned in a while, the build-up of dirt, grime, fat and oil can prevent it from cooking your food as quickly as it should.
If you are worried about the size of your oven if you are preparing Christmas dinner, installing a new oven or hob could make Christmas dinner a simpler process, not to mention simplify cooking during your everyday life! As well as just cooking, you’re going to have a lot of leftover washing up to deal with, by cleaning your dishwasher you can load it with more, with guaranteed sparkling clean results. We recommend Finish dishwasher cleaning agent for the best results.
Have An Appliance Check-Up
It’s so crucial that you have an appliance check-up before hosting Christmas around your house. Are they all safe and efficient? For example, if your guests aren’t big drinkers and would prefer a cup of tea, is your kettle free from built up limescale? Things like this can really affect the taste of things. When was the last time you cleaned the inside of your microwave?
The main thing to do is go around your kitchen and check that your appliances are all working to an efficient level, and that they are safe. If you see any naked wires be sure to dispose of the device and replace it. You work with a lot of steam and liquids in the kitchen; this could react and cause injury.
Sharpen Kitchen Knives
High-quality kitchen knives are essential for any household hosting a large feast. They make your life simpler and can speed up the food preparation process. Kitchen knives are well worth the investment, for a good set it can be quite pricey but they make a dramatic difference to your preparation time and make it simpler.
We must emphasise that when investing in expensive kitchen knives, we recommend storing them somewhere more out of reach and better than a kitchen drawer. Often they’re stored in knife blocks for better condition storage, as well as to keep them well out of the way of young children. You can buy a variety of knife sharpeners, take a look at them on Kitchen Knives.
Child Proof Your Kitchen
If you are hosting Christmas at your house and have invited all of your close friends and family members, it’s highly likely that there could be a number of children in your home. If you are not used to having children in your home, we recommend temporarily childproofing your kitchen.
Unfortunately, children seem to find themselves in trouble a lot more often than not. It acts like a magnet to them, and they can get themselves into all kinds of mishaps. To avoid any accidents or close calls, we recommend most definitely baby and childproofing your kitchen, even if it is only just for Christmas. Take a look at this article for advice on how to childproof your kitchen. Thankfully, the majority of the appliances we source and fit have plenty of child-lock functions, meaning that your kitchen can be child-friendly all year round!
Get Ready For Christmas!
Christmas is one of our favourite times of year! Spending time with family and friends is such a wonderful feeling, and now it’s time to get into the festive feeling! For more information on white kitchens Towcester, please feel free to contact a member of our team today!
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