It is that time of year again.
It feels like 2019 has flown by and we are right back in the midst’s of Christmas. Every year it just seems to sneak up on us.
How is your kitchen looking? Is it prepped and ready to go or have you even started yet? If you are in the latter group the don’t worry because we have a list of Christmas essentials in your kitchen that you should have this year.
Must Have Christmas Essentials in Your Kitchen
You might have some of these items or you might have hardly anything – but there is still plenty of time to prepare and get your kitchen ready for Christmas.
The kitchen is often a room in the home many of us neglect when we are putting up our decorations. Between cursing each and every branch on the Christmas tree and finding out that the batteries in all your decorations don’t work, we forget to decorate our kitchen.
You don’t necessarily need a full blown tree in your kitchen but a few choice decorations on your shelves, around the counter tops and even some tinsel draped on the cabinets, wall art or fridge can make all the difference.
A lot of people don’t have a blender in their kitchen however it can be incredibly useful not just at Christmas time but throughout the year as well. In fact, they aren’t even expensive if you just want a standard model.
Wondering what to do with all the veg you have left from Christmas day? Regretting buying it all? Use a blender to create a boxing day soup that will not only taste great but also ensure that no food will go to waste either.
#3 Meat Thermometer
This is one of the Christmas essentials in your kitchen that you really should have. I know, you are probably saying ‘why do I need a meat thermometer’ when you have a temperature gauge on your oven.
It allows you to check the temperature of the interior of the meat. Not only is this good from a food safety point of view but it also allows you to ensure that your turkey is cooked to perfection this year and it is neither undercooked or overcooked. Put it into the thickest part of the meat and serve up a turkey that will be delicious for everyone.
Running out of tupperware? It feels like Christmas is the time of the year when you are trying to squeeze that awkwardly shaped tupperware box you got from IKEA into the fridge when there is no more room to fit anything.
Stock up on clingfilm. Just wrap it over your leftovers and fire it into the fridge. No issues with trying to find room for more tupperware and less washing up to do at the end of the day as well.
Again, this is one of those things that many of us don’t have in our kitchen for some reason. Scales are one of the most important Christmas essentials in your kitchen and it takes the stress out of the inevitable baking you need to do every Christmas.
#6 Sharp knives
You’re bound to have a knife set in your kitchen but are they sharp enough? You don’t want to be faffing around on Christmas day trying to cut a turkey with a blunt knife or not being able to chop anything up properly when you are preparing for the big day.
Ensure that you have at least a bread knife, a chef’s knife, carving knife, a paring knife and some general knives which can be used for a variety of purposes. This should be more than sufficient to ensure that you are well prepped for the run up to Christmas and the big day itself.
#7 Baking paper
Christmas is all about baking. You probably have some time off work so it means you actually have time to do all these things.
Baking paper is a must. Use it to line your trays and baking tins which will not only make sure that everything bakes properly but it means nothing will stick to the tin. This is another way to cut down on your washing up (can you tell we’re not big fans of doing the dishes here?!
#8 Kitchen roll
Christmas is a messy time of year. Not only are your worktops going to get some spillages but your kitchen cabinets and doors will too. Luckily we have some advice for cleaning gloss kitchen doors and your kitchen in general.
#9 Roasting Tray
You’ll need at least one of these for the big day and maybe a few depending on how many people you are going to be cooking for.
Make sure that you have a tray that is large enough for your turkey and for anything else that you are intending on roasting – potatoes for example. It is hurts to have a few of these in the back of the cupboard just in case.
Finally, we have tongs. These are perhaps one of the most underestimated pieces of kitchen equipment. From turning roasties in the oven, serving the turkey and lifting bits and pieces from the oven tray to a plate. A good pair of tongs are invaluable
Happy Cooking and Merry Christmas From All The Staff At Naughton’s Kitchens,