The Thanksgiving holiday is meant to be about giving thanks for what we have in our lives. The preparation of the meal can be stressful in a time where everyone should be enjoying the company of family and friends. Any help in reducing stress around the preparation of meal can go a long way during the busy Thanksgiving holiday. Preparing the kitchen for the Thanksgiving meal prep is important step in reducing stress after the menu is planned.
Cleaning should be done in advanced. A clean kitchen clear of clutter and unnecessary items will help keep the day running smooth. There is also the fact that a clean kitchen can reduce germs. Bleach cleaner is a must especially on the counters.
Organization of the kitchen is the next step after cleaning. The food items that are not perishable that are needed for each recipe should be organized and put into sections on the counter the day before Thanksgiving. By having all the food items in sections on the counter, there can be less of a chance to have missing items needed for the recipes especially spices and any other ingredients that may not be a regularly stocked item in the pantry. If there are any items missing, a grocery list can be prepared and a quick run to grocery store to make certain all items are ready for the big cooking day.
Utensils are a must during the serving of the dinner. Finding extra utensils before the dinner will save time and less rummaging around in drawers trying to find the right spoon for the mashed potatoes or green bean casserole. Utensils such as pie servers and serving spoons should be out on the counter for easy access once the meal is prepared. If there are not enough utensils especially serving spoons extras can be picked up during the last minute grocery run; just make certain that the item is added to the grocery list.
No matter what, there always seems to be loads of leftovers from the meal. The leftovers are actually one of the best parts of the meal. Making turkey sandwiches the following day is worth all the cooking and baking that goes along with the Thanksgiving meal. Purchasing throw away containers will help in sending leftovers home with the guests. Throw away containers also levitated the responsible of having dishes returned.
Planning and preparing the kitchen for cooking and baking of the Thanksgiving meal will help in making the day run smooth as well as giving the cook extra time to spend with family and friends.