Getting Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays

kitchen spicesAre you staying in town for Thanksgiving this year? If so you need to prepare your kitchen for the endless cooking (or so it seems), and your home for guests. Keep these tips in mind as you start getting your kitchen ready for the holidays.

  • Check the oven. Since your oven’s self-cleaning cycle is stressful on the oven do not run it before the holiday because it could cause a breakdown. Instead wipe your oven down  by hand and make sure the temperature gauge is running correctly by testing it with an oven thermometer.
  • Clean appliances. Wipe down all appliances with the proper cleaning solutions and perform any maintenance tasks to make sure they are working properly.
  • Clear out old food. Get rid of any old and expired food taking up space in your refrigerator and cabinets to make space holiday dishes.
  • Stock up on the basics. You probably have every ingredient for every dish but you may have forgot the basic sundries.Be sure you have plenty of garbage bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, dishwashing detergent, toothpicks and etc.
  • Check your ingredients. Check the labels on any spices you may need for cooking. Throw away those that are over a year old as well as those without the correct aroma.
  • Inventory furniture and dishes. If you are having family members over be sure to have enough furniture and dishes plus a few extra.
  • Child-proof the kitchen. If you have kids then you are probably already in good shape. If you are hosting guests with small children be sure to cover unused electrical outlets, cook on the back burners if possible, and place harmful utensils out of their reach.

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