Cooking Thanksgiving in a Small Kitchen
Is your Pinterest board overflowing with Thanksgiving ideas bigger than your kitchen space? If your counter space is limited, don’t be discouraged. Prepare and enjoy a feast in your small kitchen with these pointers on how to maximize your space.
Don’t Be an Overachiever
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think about the endless dish options you could prepare for the big day, but don’t bite off more than you can chew! Simplify your feast by choosing your top three favorite side dishes, one entree, one dessert, and stick to it! Narrowing it down will save you time in the kitchen and allow more time to enjoy the company of your guests.
Prepare the Day Before
If your kitchen space is limited, it may take longer to prepare each recipe. Consider beginning your baking and cooking the day before. Rule of thumb: if a dish doesn’t change texture after being cooled and then heated back up, make it the day before the big feast. Preparing in advance may help you clear off counter space and make your oven available to the other delicious dishes you are planning to cook.
Keep It Simple
From your ingredients to your recipes, to your cooking utensils, keep it all simple! You may have heard the saying, “simplicity is key.” This statement couldn’t be truer as you prepare for the big day.
Clean and Reuse
Instead of using multiple pots and pans, cooking utensils, and bowls while cooking, clean each after use and reuse it to prepare your next dish. This will minimize the clutter and cut cleanup time.