Happy Holidays – 5 Cooking Tips To Ensure This Holiday Season Is Stress-Free

Is your kitchen at Christmas usually more scary than merry? More aggressive than festive? There’s no need to toot steam just yet because we’re here to help! Let us help you enjoy the relaxed, stress-free meal-making you deserve during the holidays with these handy five cooking tips:

Make Life Easier For Yourself With The Best Cooking Gear

There’s no need for fancy gadgets, but there’s much to be said for high-quality equipment that makes your life as easy as possible when you’re cooking up a storm for family and friends at Christmas. Switch out any rubbish cooking accessories for sturdy, reliable cookware so you know at the very least even if you lose your temper, you won’t lose time or energy with unreliable kitchenware. 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe,” – Abraham Lincoln 

Hopefully, you won’t have to sharpen any axes this Christmas, but you can ensure that you prepare in full for the hefty task ahead. Tasks like vegetable peeling and cutting, parboiling, searing off, blending and seasoning can all be done ahead of time. The more that is ready to be reheated or cooked, the easier the process will be on the day. 

Become A Timing Ninja

You’ve got your delicious recipes sorted, your organic veggies prepped, your main course roasting, so what can go wrong? Unfortunately, despite the fact that 98% of Americans prefer to prepare and cook at home, that doesn’t guarantee that the results will be any good. The easiest thing to go wrong is the timing. A few minutes too long, and the fondant is just a cake, the veggies are mushy and grey, the gravy is congealed, and the meat is so cremated you’re inspired to bow your head and say a few words. Take the stress away from spinning all the plates by writing down a timing plan for the food you know will work. 

Stop Trying To Please Everyone

If you’re guilty of trying to please everyone and their dog, then you’ll find yourself getting so stressed during this multi-tasking extravaganza. You won’t enjoy yourself or the people you’re around and that is the whole reason for this time together. Maybe this year could be simpler. You could consider cooking a completely new recipe everyone tries, or everyone brings their own dish to contribute, or perhaps you simply create your ideal menu and everyone either likes it or lumps it. 

Remember What Matters The Most

Statistics released a couple of years ago suggested that 31 percent of Americans find Christmas to be a frantic time, with the stress peaking at about 2 p.m. on Christmas day, which is around Christmas lunchtime for many of us. That’s a clear indicator that the cooking process for what many deem to be the most important feast of the year is a real wrinkle-maker for those creating it. Try to remember what matters most, which is that you spend quality time with your family and friends making memories. The food will come and go and be consumed so quickly, but the memories of the laughs, the smiles, will last forever. 

If you’re chef this year remember that there are plenty of ways to ensure the process isn’t so stressful that it ruins your experience. With the right tweaks, perspective and help, you can cook up a storm and enjoy yourself these upcoming holidays without burning out, or burning anything else for that matter.