Christmas has always been the best time of the year to invite your family and friends over for social gatherings, but this can become a stressful process when you also must cook for the entire group. In times like these, your first instinct is to hop online and find the best holiday cooking hacks to make life easier. We’ve made it easy for you, compiling a shortlist of the best ways you can save time this Christmas.
Holiday Cooking Hacks
When you’re in the middle of cooking, it is really hard to figure out exactly what places you can cut corners to save time, especially when you also have to deal with dramatic family members and obnoxious friends. We’ll narrow it down to the most useful and time-saving hacks out there.
How to Revive Dry Turkey?
Turkey has and will always be a Christmas Day staple, but the last thing you want is to feed your friends and family dry turkey. We’ve got you covered with one of the simplest time-saving hacks for Christmas dinner. If you’ve overcooked your turkey or just don’t want to serve it cold, follow these simple steps.
- Cut your turkey into serving size pieces.
- Drop each piece into some chicken stock and watch as the dry turkey becomes juicy and fresh.
- Plate the turkey with some gravy on top and no one will ever know the difference!
How to Make Mash Potatoes Fluffy
Are you tired of serving texture-less mashed potatoes at Christmas dinner? We’ve got you covered with one of the coolest Christmas dinner hacks on the block. Add one simple step to your mashing process for fluffier potatoes:
- Mash the potatoes as usual until almost completely mashed.
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of Baking Powder over the partially mashed potatoes.
- Finish mashing the potatoes to fluffy perfection.
The finished product will have your mashed potatoes fluffier than marshmallows!
How to Soften Butter Quickly
Did you forget to soften all your butter the night before the big day? Don’t worry, we have the perfect solution for you to get it soft and ready to use as quickly as possible. All you need is your trusty Cheese Grater! Grate however much butter you need to use for your recipes into small flakes and let those flakes rest for a few minutes. The butter should soften enough to be used.
How to Keep Gravy Warm?
No one likes to eat cold gravy! But it can also be difficult to make your cooking schedule align with your guest’s arrival. This can be even more of a hassle if you need your stovetop to cook and warm up other dishes closer to dinner time. Use this easy holiday cooking hack to make your gravy hours before anyone arrives. Go grab your coffee thermos and fill it up with all the gravy possible. The thermos has insulation built into it that will keep the Gravy warm for hours. This way, even later in the evening when you are ready to eat, your gravy will taste as warm and fresh as ever.
How to Peel Potatoes with Your Hands?
Are you still wondering how to save time in the kitchen at Christmas? This hack will make life loads easier for you while preparing for the big dinner. Peeling potatoes can be one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks. Here’s how to peel the potatoes without a peeler.
- Boil the potatoes for 15-30 minutes, or to the desired doneness.
- Fill a large bowl with Ice and Water to make an ice bath for your boiled potatoes.
- Once you’ve finished boiling them, drop them into the bath to cool down for at least 3 minutes.
- Take them out and watch as their skin peels away easily with your hands!
Christmas dinner can seem like a huge hassle, but with just a few simple holiday cooking hacks it really doesn’t have to be difficult at all. From all of us here at Dave Smith Appliance Repair we wish you a stress-free and Merry Christmas! And do not hesitate to reach out to us with any appliance repair concerns throughout the holiday season.