08 Nov Get Your Kitchen Ready for Thanksgiving
The weather is getting cooler and stores are starting to put out Christmas decorations. That must mean that Thanksgiving is on its way. If you are hosting a big gathering at your house this year, you will want to make sure that your kitchen is ready and up to the task. This is a great time for large and small kitchen upgrades. Start by thinking about what you will prepare, how much food you will be making, and who all you will be entertaining. Then, you can decide if your kitchen is ready to handle cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Read on for some tips to get your kitchen in shape for the big day.
For a Thanksgiving feast, you want your oven, stove, microwave and toaster in clean and good working condition. You don’t want to wait to Thanksgiving Day to discover that something is wrong with one of your major appliances and you aren’t able to cook. You will also want to make sure that your refrigerator is in order to store all of the leftovers. Clean out and organize your refrigerator, throwing away anything that is out of date. Also make sure that that your dishwasher is ready to handle the many dishes that are bound to accumulate. Start by inspecting all of your appliances to make sure everything is working properly. You will also want to clean your appliances, especially your oven. Your oven will cook more evenly after you have made sure all the burned food has been cleaned out of the bottom. You may also want to use a digital thermostat to make sure that your oven is heating to the correct temperature. If it is not, you may want to get in a technician or adjust your cooking times or temperatures accordingly.
It is much easier to do your Thanksgiving cooking if you have a fresh clean kitchen countertop to start on. Go over your countertops and put everything away, making as much empty counter space as possible. Then, clean your countertops, including behind and under anything that is left there. Make sure to use a cleaner that is appropriate for you type of countertop material. Clean, empty countertops will give you plenty of space to work and will make preparing a big feast go much more smoothly.
As you will want to keep your counter tops free for food preparation, you may want to consider setting up a staging area either on a table or a kitchen island. This area is where you can keep extra plates, cups and utensils and where you may want to keep food until you are ready to put it on the table. This staging area will save you time and space as you are preparing you meal.
Make sure that you have all the cooking supplies you will need, including baking and serving dishes, utensils, plates and anything else you or guests will want. You may also want to make sure that your pantry and refrigerator are well stocked with the basics like spices, milk and eggs. Check all your storage spaces and make sure you have everything you need.
It may seem like a lot, but with a little preparation, you can have your kitchen ready for you Thanksgiving meal. If you look over this list of ideas and realize that your kitchen is not holiday-ready, contact the San Antonio kitchen remodeling professionals at New Generation Kitchen and Bath. We’ll help you with a small upgrade or a complete remodel, and should be able to get your project completed before the big day. Whether you need cabinets, countertops, a new sink, extra storage, a new kitchen island, or just a facelift to your current space, our team of remodeling contractors has you covered!