Today, we’re diving into the world of easy holiday meal prep. I know many people find this task daunting, with concerns about time management, budgeting, etc. But don’t worry, I’m here to help! Let’s focus on how you can save time on the day of the holiday by doing a little preparation in the days leading up to it.
One of the most time-consuming tasks when preparing a holiday meal is chopping, dicing, and slicing vegetables. But did you know that you can do this a couple of days ahead, or even the day before, depending on the vegetable? Let’s get started!
First up, let’s talk about potatoes. You can prep your potatoes the day before. All you have to do is put them in an ice water bath. This will stop your potatoes from browning. You can do this with sweet potatoes or regular Russet potatoes. Clean and peel the potatoes first. Then, you can keep the potatoes whole or slice or dice them, depending on how you prepare them.
Look at these results from one day on the counter versus inside an ice bath! This easy holiday meal prep hack works!
If you’re making a sweet potato casserole, you can prepare everything but the topping in advance and store it in the refrigerator or even the freezer. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, you can cook it with the crunchy nut topping. Just remember to bring it up to room temperature before cooking. This usually takes about 30 minutes at room temperature.
Easy Holiday Meal Prep Tools To Help
Next, let’s move on to the tools to help you with easy holiday meal prep. The Pampered Chef Rapid Prep Mandolin. This tool is a lifesaver for holiday cooking. It has many great options for helping you with your meal prep. The Rapid Prep Mandolin will be your best friend whether you’re making scallop potatoes, dicing up the veggies for stuffing, or prepping your fruit and veggie tray.
The Rapid Prep Mandolin can slice, dice, and julienne and has a French-fry-cut setting. Also, it has eight different settings, allowing you to choose the thickness of your slices. The best part is the food chute and food pusher, which helps keep your fingers and hands safe from the blade.
Another excellent tool for easy holiday meal prep is the Pampered Chef Prep & Store System. This system is perfect for cutting and storing all of your prepped vegetables. It keeps everything fresh for longer with venting lids and drain trays, making it perfect for prepping, snacking, and getting everything ready for cooking.
I hope these tips and tools help make your holiday meal prep a breeze. Remember, the key to a stress-free holiday meal is preparation. So, get your tools ready, plan your meals, and start prepping!
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Until next time, Happy Cooking!