Organizing Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving Preparations

10 Nov Organizing Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving Preparations

Cooking chicken in the oven at home.Everyone loves Thanksgiving for the food. However, if you are the one doing most of the cooking, you might not be looking forward to it as much as others. Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be a hefty challenge, particularly if your kitchen is unorganized. If you want to simplify the process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, you will want to use these three kitchen organizational tips:  

1. Use a Utensil Organizer

If you’re anything like me, you have your serving spoons, potato mashers, spatulas, and even pizza cutters in one deep drawer. It can be pretty difficult to find the one utensil you need in that clutter. Instead of fighting the tangled heap, look for an organizer that allows you to compartmentalize your tools. If you only have a small drawer, put some of your utensils in a small organizer and the rest (such as your rubber spatulas and serving/stirring spoons) into a container on your countertop. Being able to locate certain tools quickly and easily will be a lifesaver during your cooking and baking frenzy.

2. Prepare Your Pantry and Refrigerator

An overloaded or under stocked pantry and refrigerator can be a nightmare when you are in a hurry to get your food done. Prevent that fiasco by first de-junking and then stocking. Throw out expired foods. If you have foods that aren’t expired but that you don’t anticipate using, donate them to a local foodbank.

After you’ve cleaned up a bit, stock your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry with extras of all the food you will need a week or two before Thanksgiving so that you won’t run out of anything while you are cooking. Consider buying sugars, flour, eggs, seasonings, cheese, butter, cranberry sauce, etc.

To optimize space in your pantry and refrigerator, you may want to look into other organizational accessories such as a spice rack next to your stove or a lazy susan for your refrigerator. You’ll want to make it as easy as possible to find things when you are cooking for Thanksgiving and you certainly won’t regret being so organized the rest of the year either.

3. Create Task-Oriented Work Zones

Instead of doing all your cooking and baking in the same area, arrange your kitchen into specific work zones. For example, on one side of the stove, you can store your pots, pans, and cooking utensils. You might look into hangers for your pots and pans. On the other side you can store your baking essentials. Cookie sheet racks are great for utilizing space in small cupboards. On your island or bar, you can store cutting boards and knives for chopping. This way, you can optimize your space and won’t find yourself running all over the kitchen to gather your supplies. These tips may be few, but that’s the beauty of it. With just three, simple steps you will be able to organize your kitchen in a way that will significantly simplify your Thanksgiving dinner process.  

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