Make your holiday meals easily
Published: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Updated: Saturday, December 5, 2009 04:12
The holiday season is a festive time, shared with friends and family. However, these joyous occasions can be daunting tasks for those who have to prepare a holiday meal for many guests.
If you find yourself in this position, follow these simple holiday preparation rules and make hosting a holiday gathering something to be thankful for.
Whether it's sports, a test, or making a big holiday meal, preparation is key. Even if you are a procrastinator, you don't go into a final class exam without having studied at least the night before.
Take the same approach towards the biggest holidays of the year.
Prepare re-heatable dishes the evening before. Soups can be frozen and unfrozen the next day, which is great for timesaving and transportation purposes. Potatoes can be peeled or mashed and stuffing can be made early. By breaking up the food preparation times you can ease the overall load, according to associatedcontent.com. In doing so, fewer dishes are left that have to be cooked on the actual holiday.
"When I help make holiday meals, I usually start preparing them a week ahead of time," said sophomore Samantha Roman.
Just because you are hosting doesn't mean you have to go at it alone. Ask a relative or friend to make a side dish such as salad or pasta. You can even ask them to make or buy desserts.
Finally, don't be afraid to purchase pre-made items that are too difficult or time consuming to make from scratch. There is nothing wrong with putting out some pre-prepared foods. Your guests won't think any less of you as a host, and the energy you save will come in handy when you are left with a sink full of dishes.