If you’re planning to spend some time in your kitchen cooking and baking this holiday season, you’ll want to be sure that your space is ready for the hours that you’ll be working in there. So to help ensure that you have the room and the storage space to bake and keep all of the delicious seasonal goodies you’ll be making, here are three tips for prepping your kitchen for holiday cooking and baking.
Clear Out Your Space
During the year, it’s very common for a kitchen to get cluttered. As you use appliances or as other items come into your home, you might find that they wind up in the kitchen somewhere. And while this clutter might be livable on a daily basis, if you’re going to be cooking or baking up a storm, you’re going to want to have a clear space to work with.
With this in mind, before you start doing any big cooking and baking, it’s going to be worth your time to clean out your kitchen of unnecessary items. If you have old food filling up your shelves or the fridge, toss them. If you have appliances on the countertops that you won’t be using for this round of cooking or baking, find another place to store them so they’re out of your way. And if you have other items that have found a home in the kitchen but don’t really belong there, take this opportunity to find a better place for them and get yourself some more real estate in the kitchen.
The next thing you’ll want to do before you start with your holiday cooking and baking is to take an inventory of your kitchen.
The last thing you want to have happen is to assume you have baking powder for your recipe only to find that you’re out. But by spending some time going through your kitchen and the shelves of food you have to see what you have and what you need, you’ll be able to make an effective grocery run in order to have everything you need on-hand. You may also find that you need things like more baking dishes or leftover containers to share your food with friends and family, and you can get these things during your trip to the store as well.
Clean Out Your Spaces And Appliances
Making the food in your kitchen is only the first half of the battle. If you’re not planning on immediately eating or giving away the food you’ve made, you’ll need to have a place to store everything. So if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned out some of your appliances, like your microwave or oven, or you know you don’t have a lot of space to store leftovers at the moment, you’ll also want to give these spaces some time so that you can ensure that you’re cooking in safe and clean spaces and that you have space and clean spaces to store food once it’s ready.
If you’re going to be getting started on some holiday cooking and baking soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get your kitchen ready.