During the holiday season, family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy some delicious food together. While this is a treasured part of the season, it also comes with plenty of stress. This year, it’s time to find some ways to prepare meals for your family without overwhelming yourself.
Make a Plan and Schedule
Before things get too busy, start by making a plan for yourself. Consider all the meals you’ll need to be making. Make a list of when they are, who will be there, and perhaps what food you traditionally make. With all that in mind, you can begin making a menu of what you will prepare and serve. Create a detailed shopping list for every meal and make a schedule for when you need to purchase everything. If you plan out your meals ahead of time, it will be easier to bring everything together. While planning out the big meals, you should also create a plan for the smaller meals, like lunches and breakfast, that still need to get made as well.
Prepare Food Ahead of Time
Everyone loves eating food freshly after it’s been cooked. However, most food is still good if it’s from the day before. Cooking a large meal all in one day is a lot of work. There are multiple dishes to keep track of and it’s hard to make room for everything as you prepare. Your meals will be much easier if you prepare as much as you can ahead of time and then reheat them on the day of the big meal. You can also preserve the freshness of your food if you vacuum seal it. Vacuum sealing keeps food fresh longer because it keeps out air, bacteria, and anything else that can ruin your food. Plus, vacuum sealing makes it much easier to store large amounts of food.
Be Ready for Leftovers
After a big meal, all anyone wants to do is sit and relax. However, you still need to take care of the cleanup. It’s helpful if you already have a plan for all your leftovers. Start by deciding where they’re all going. If you have a lot of friends and family over, you might want to think about dividing up the food so everyone can take some home. Perhaps, you’re keeping all of it to have over the next few days. You can store everything in food containers, or you can make things easier and use a vacuum sealer. Again, a vacuum sealer is ideal because it conserves space and keeps food fresh for longer.
This year, take some time to make a plan for your holiday meals so you can reduce stress. To help you prepare, make sure you have all the right tools for preparing and storing your meals. Having a vacuum sealer on hand can add convenience to your kitchen.
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