How To Make Sure Your Kitchen Is Ready For The Holidays

There's no question that plenty of your home will see lots of traffic during the holidays. But of all the rooms in your house, the kitchen will likely be the busiest. Not only is it where you'll prepare the holiday meals, but it quickly becomes the hub for all the holiday activity. It's the kitchen that people gather in, talk, laugh, and enjoy one another's company in as they wait for the feast to be ready. So it makes sense that you should give your kitchen a bit of attention this year. Luckily, it's easier to do than you might realize. Here are a few easy tips that can help you get your kitchen ready for the holidays.

Out With The Old - First and foremost, get rid of all the old food you have sitting around. From frozen items to condiments to that mystery Tupperware in the back of the fridge, it's important to get all of the old stuff out of the kitchen before the holidays ramp up.

Check Your Herbs - Also be sure to check the herbs and spices you have in the pantry. Its a fact that old, expired spices just don't provide the same quality of flavor. Replace anything that's a year old or more.

Clean The Major Appliances - Nobody likes to clean the oven or dishwasher, but it's a must when you're preparing for the fury of holiday cooking. Also, don't forget to wipe down the inside of the microwave. Doing so ensures that your guests are more focused on the good food and holiday spirit than on being concerned over a smoking oven or grossed out by a food crusted microwave.

Get The Dishware Ready - This is especially true if you use holiday themed dishware that may end up spending months in storage. Gather your special dishes, flatware, and glassware. Then, give them a good wash. This can be done days ahead of time and can cut down on meal prep time on the big day.

Sharpen Up Your Knives - It's easy to overlook this, but taking the time to sharpen your blades will make it easier to prepare your meal and to keep your fingers safe as well.

Stock Up - Another overlooked step is to stock up on the staples. Nothing's worse than realizing too late that you're missing something important. Things like aluminum foil, dish soap, toothpicks, batteries, paper towels, plastic Tupperware, and even garbage bags are easy to forget about. Make sure you make a list and then review it a day or two ahead of time to ensure you have what you need.

Check Your Appliances - You've already cleaned them, but did you check to make sure your appliances are working at their best? From the blender to the mixer to the freezer to the crockpot, it's well worth taking a minute to make sure everything is working as it should be.

These simple steps are all it takes to get your kitchen ready for the holidays and to ensure that you have an easier day when you start cooking.