The arrival of Thanksgiving Day means the holidays are in full swing. If you are like many Americans, you probably look forward to Thanksgiving and the holiday season because it’s the time of year when parted family members gather together. Children attending college come home to participate in festivities, while grown children with their own families trek home to visit parents and grandparents.
At Washington Kitchen and Bath, we love this American tradition allowing us to break bread together and express gratitude for positive things that have happened in our lives. We also know that if you are welcoming family and friends into your home this year for the big meal, it is vital that your kitchen is ready to prepare all your favorite holiday dishes and that it is in excellent condition to host guests.
Here are some ways you can prepare your kitchen for the Thanksgiving holiday:
Prep your countertops — From mail to bowls of fruit, kitchen counters sometimes turn into a dumping ground for a variety of items in your home. Before you begin your Thanksgiving Day preparations, make sure that you clear off any unnecessary items, and also give the countertops a good clean. There’s a strong chance that you will be using that space to prep food, so make sure that you are cleaning the countertops regularly. You will likely be dealing with raw meats and other uncooked foods, and you don’t want to contaminate ready-to-eat foods.
If you’re readying your ingredients in the days leading up to the holiday, make sure to keep things organized by grouping them together according to the dish that they are a part of. Grouping ingredients in this way will make preparing food easier on Thanksgiving Day because you won’t have to hunt around the kitchen looking for them.
Get utensils ready — Special holidays call for using special serving pieces, dishes, and silverware that aren’t used on a daily basis. Make sure to remove them from storage ahead of time so you can clean them and make sure you have enough for all your guests. You should also consider leaving some counter space to stage the china, silverware, and any other decorations that you will be using for your table. However, make sure you put them in a space where they won’t be at risk of being knocked to the floor or easily grabbed by children.
Manage refrigerator space wisely — Make sure you have space in your refrigerator or on the counter for food items that need to be prepared ahead of time. Claim a spot in your fridge to thaw your turkey days in advance. Pick a spot at the bottom of the fridge so any fluids that leak won’t drip onto other items. Additionally, make sure to save space in the fridge or on the counter for dishes that need to chill, rise, or marinate overnight.
Check your appliances — Nothing’s more devastating than putting your Thanksgiving turkey into the oven to cook, then finding that your oven is broken. Before the day of the holiday, make sure you check any appliances that you will be using to make sure they’re working correctly. Appliances to test can include your oven, microwave, stove, food processor, mixer, and dishwasher.
Before using, you should also make sure that appliances, especially food processors and mixers, are clean. Any bowls and extensions for these appliances should also be cleaned and ready to use before the day of.
While Thanksgiving Day can be a wonderful time for family members to catch up, it can also be a stressful time for the hosts. Prepping your kitchen before the holiday can help ease some of that stress so that you can have a happier and more pleasant holiday.