8 tips for a stress-free Christmas dinner

While Christmas Day is meant to be filled with joy and laughter, many of us can find happy memories overshadowed by the stress of putting together Christmas dinner.

Here are some tips and tricks to take the stress out of cooking for the big day.

Make a plan – and stick to it

The easiest way to reduce Christmas cooking stress is to be organized.

In the run up to Christmas make sure you have all your food and drink shopping done to avoid running to the supermarket on Christmas Eve only to find empty shelves.

If you know what’s on the menu, calculate how long it will take to prepare each component of the meal and figure out your schedules. Write everything down so you don’t have to remember it off the top of your head. Stick to this schedule during the day and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen trying to figure it out on the fly.

Clean out the fridge

Before heading into the big Christmas store, turn your attention to your fridge.

Get rid of almost empty condiments, leftovers that have been in there too long, and anything else that takes up unnecessary space.

You’re going to need plenty of space in your fridge to fit all of your Christmas goodies, and you don’t want to try playing Tetris with pigs in blankets and parsnips.

Get as much done in advance as possible

Save time on the big day by having as much as possible prepared and ready to go.

You can have things like vegetables already pre-peeled and chopped. Store your prepared vegetables in water in the fridge to keep them fresh longer. Other Christmas Day favorites are great to freeze and reheat, like mashed potatoes and Christmas cookies.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

The task of cooking Christmas dinner for the whole family shouldn’t just land on one person’s shoulders.

If you don’t feel like handling some of the larger parts of the meal, like the meat, you can always delegate smaller tasks to others, like peeling and chopping vegetables, preparing sauces and gravies, and setting the table.

cut corners

Christmas should be a good time for everyone – remember to be happy with your family and not pull your hair out because you are so stressed.

Not everything that makes it onto the dinner table has to be made from scratch. Whenever possible, give yourself permission to cut corners and use pre-made and store-bought items.

Opting for supermarket desserts, pre-made sauces and frozen vegetables can ease the workload.

keep it simple

Christmas isn’t the time to try that elaborate recipe you’re dying to try. Stick to recipes that you can make and that taste good.

Limit yourself to a reasonable number of menu items, such as a main course, a few side dishes, and dessert. No effort is required to bring a 12-course tasting menu to the table.

Make sure you have all the gear you need

There’s nothing worse than when the big day approaches and you realize you can’t put the Christmas turkey and all the veggies in the oven at the same time because of lack of space. Or when you have three pans of mashed potatoes, bread sauce, and gravy on the go — but don’t have a fourth pan for the Brussels sprouts.

Make sure you have everything you need ahead of time and plan accordingly, whether that means investing in more pots and baking sheets or revising your cooking plan, find what works for you.

Clean as you go

Do not allow dishes to be stacked. There’s nothing you want to do less after a long meal than having to tackle a mountain of dishes.

If you have a dishwasher, load it while cooking. Keep your counters clear and have hot, soapy water for anything that needs hand washing.

This could also be a job you could assign to someone else, as the chef makes the rules.

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Fry Electronics Team

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