Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year? It’s a big responsibility, but there’s a lot you can do to prepare your kitchen and home for the main event! Here are several planning tips that will make your work easier and the final results impressive.
Buy a Set of Food Storage Containers
A new set of storage containers is an excellent way to prepare for Thanksgiving. As the host, it’s likely that you will need extra space to store leftovers. Sealable plastic containers are also a great choice for easy-access to flour, sugar, and other ingredients when cooking. These plastic containers are also far better at keeping out bugs that can otherwise sneak into bags or cardboard containers.
Expand Your Cabinet Space
There are cabinet extensions you can purchase to help you store everything from spices to extra plates if you are running short on room. If storage is already a problem, plan a kitchen clean up before Thanksgiving. Get rid of all your old and mismatched dinnerware, and choose new, space-saving sets that only have what you need. You may even want to consider adding new cabinets or storage space to your kitchen and pantry. A minor kitchen remodel can make a world of difference!
Create a Cooking Schedule
Plan out your menu with all the foods that you will be cooking. Study the cooking or prep times for each item on your list, and arrange them in the order that you need to tackle each recipe. Take stock of your ingredients, and add the ingredients that you need next to each item on the schedule. Now you have a complete list of what you’re making when you need to start it, and what ingredients you need to buy. This master list will prove invaluable as the day draws nearer!
Plan for Informal Seating
Thanksgiving meals may start out formal (depending on your family and friends), but most tend to involve a lot of informal eating by the time the day is done. Arrange your house to encourage casual seating, with open floor plans and plenty of places to set down plates or drinks. Try to set up zones that are focused on eating, and keep seating options minimal in areas you’d like to protect from spills or crumbs.
Create a Cleaning System
Ideally, you’ll clean all the dishes when dinner is officially over. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also important when keeping pests out of the house and keeping dishes clean (especially if you want to use them again later). Create a cleaning station where the family can help out, and start the dishwasher early if you need multiple loads. For widespread, informal dinners, consider setting up trays for people to store their used dinnerware for easy transport.
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