Chef Scotty’s Holiday Kitchen Survival Guide
My whole family is coming for Christmas holidays- these tip are from my good friend, Chef Scotty Campbell-
1. Clean Slate
Before holiday shopping- clean kitchen, remove counter from fridge, freezer and cabinets- and most importantly your countertops
Be brutally honest with the age of spices- they are only good for 6 months.
Clear out all the almost empty condiments, seasonings and sauces from fridge
2. Check it twice
Review your holiday recipes and search kitchen before making a comprehensive shopping list
Load up on the common consumables, plastic wrap, zip lock bags, foil, parchment paper, paper towels and spray on release (Pam)
Take time to clean fridge and oven
3. Right tools for the job
Look through and organize the cooking tools needed- organize so you can actually find them!
Gather what you need- borrow or buy if you don’t have the special bunt pan or extra large roasting pan you’ve been dreaming of- Now is the time!
4. Stay ahead to save your behind!
Never cook today what you could have cooked yesterday
Baked goods are fresh for 2 days
Prep everything no later than the day before your holiday celebration. They will hold.
Consolidate your prep. Look over all the recipes you have selected and combine common items to prevent dicing onion separate times. Chop all your onions, celery, and peppers and vegetables- they will hold for 3 days in baggies. They stack better in baggies as well!
5. Everybody Eats? Then everybody helps!
Family dinners mean just that- Delegate to celebrate- everyone has place in the kitchen.
Make cooking less of a chore with ‘drink breaks’ and fun music- think ‘The Big Chill’ kitchen screen…
Clean your kitchen as you go- keep dishes washed and put away-
Set up a staging area in pantry, laundry, back porch or garage-to keep kitchen chaos to a min.
Set up a ‘drink station’ in your washer…load with beverages and ice! Best part- no clean up- just rinse-
Use ice chests and mini fridges.
Remember, you friends and family are coming to see YOU! Not your house or Christmas tree- but just to gather together- The most appreciated item of you holiday feast if the smile on your face!