Christmas day is fast approaching which means you have probably started making preparations for the big day, including thinking about what you will be eating on Christmas day. Cooking Christmas dinner can be hugely stressful, especially if you’re cooking for a lot of people. The good news is, there are steps you can take to help take some of the stress out of cooking Christmas dinner so you can enjoy the day.
Utilise your gadgets
Now is the perfect time to dig out your blender, slicer and other kitchen gadgets that have been hidden away for the past 11 months. If it will save time or make your life easier then use it. Recently I have been thinking about getting a Panasonic combination microwave oven as it would be a great help on Christmas day and throughout the year when I need to cook things at the same time.
We’re all guilty of going overboard and preparing too much food. Try to only make what will be eaten by asking people in advance what they would like and how much. This isn’t full proof but should mean you only make what people will eat and it will help cut back on waste too. Although, those left over chicken sandwiches do make an easy lunch for the next day.
There are a few lists you can write to help make Christmas dinner as stress free as possible. Firstly, you will need to decide on a menu (check out Pinterest if you’re stuck for ideas), then create a shopping list of the items you need to make the dinner and lastly you’ll also need a list of cooking times and temperatures etc so you know when food will be ready.
We all know the saying, ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ but you should make an exception when preparing Christmas dinner. If you can delegate tasks to people to help then do so, it will take some of the pressure off you and lighten the load a little. As long as your kitchen is big enough to cope with everyone helping so you aren’t stepping over each other it will be a big help.
This is probably pretty obvious but if you can prepare food in advance I would highly recommend doing so. The more you can do the night before the less time you have to spend in the kitchen on Christmas day. Things like vegetables, roast potatoes and some deserts can all be prepared a day or two in advance to help make Christmas dinner as hassle free as possible.
If there was ever a time to use those pre-cut carrots or out of the packet mince pies it’s now. You don’t need to hand make everything. I’m sure there are ready made items you and your family enjoy so why not make your life a little easier and be savvy when picking up your Christmas shopping. I will be making my life a little easier by picking up some pre-cut vegetables and a few snacks and cakes for enjoying throughout the day.
Do you have any tips for making cooking Christmas dinner stress free?