Bethpage, NY (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
The holidays should be a special time of year for family and friends, but sometimes the stress of making everything perfect throws a wrench into things. King Kullen’s experts have put together a list of tips to eliminate some of the stress hosts and gift-givers feel during the holidays.
It cannot be said enough that planning ahead saves loads of stress for any host serving a holiday dinner. Making notes and drawing up a menu for every meal, including breakfasts, drinks and snacks is recommended. Reading through recipes can make picking up ingredients or time calculations exponentially easier.
“Try to select recipes that can be made in advance and will freeze well,” recommends King Kullen’s Corporate Nurse, Brigid Smith. “Don’t forget to clean out your freezer before Christmas too! Rummaging through a packed, disorganized freezer to find food can certainly induce stress.”
Delegating tasks can take a lot of stress off the host’s plate as well. Visiting relatives and older children could polish silver or peel potatoes, among other things. Most guests want to help and working in the kitchen together makes the holidays more fun for all involved.
For first-time Christmas dinner hosts, it’s important to remember not to become overextended. First-timers could consider cutting down on a few dishes so they can be prepared well and allow for some extra time to relax. Christmas is not the time to try out new recipes. If the recipe is a must-have dish, do a test run ahead of Christmas, but any cook will feel more comfortable with recipes they’ve prepared before.
The stove works overtime during the holidays, especially on Christmas Day. “To free up stovetop space or reduce clean up, try roasting vegetables instead of boiling them,” recommends Tracey Cullen, King Kullen’s Director of Pricing and Social Media. “You can wrap vegetables in tin foil with an herbed bu
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