Thanksgiving is almost here! I am hosting our family Thanksgiving this year, so I need to get organized before I start cooking up a storm. Here are some tips for preparing your kitchen for Thanksgiving.
First, I start by getting out the recipes I’m going to use. That way, I can make my grocery list with all of the ingredients I need, and I can set aside the recipes on my cookbook holder for when I’m ready to cook. No last minute searching for recipe cards or ingredients.
Then, I make sure I have an ample supply of the ingredients I need, especially the basics like flour and sugar.
I have organized my kitchen into zones. To the right of the cooktop is the “cooking zone,” which has oils, cooking sprays, and savory herbs used in cooking.
To the left of the cooktop, I have my “baking zone.” I keep all my baking supplies, like vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and chocolate chips in this drawer.
Not only does this help me stay organized, but when my family members want to help, I know exactly where to tell them to find particular ingredients.
My mother always said that you start cooking with an empty sink.
That way, you have room to wash your hands, rinse any ingredients, or just stack up your dishes until you have time to wash them.
Once you’re ready, get out all the ingredients you need for the particular recipe:
By doing this at the start, you aren’t searching for ingredients when your hands are covered in flour or something else equally messy.
Lastly, have plenty of coffee on hand – for your guests and, of course, for you. Cooking takes energy!
I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for so many things. I wish you all the very best.