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Get a head start on holiday meal prep

Snow falling gently outside, the smell of gingerbread cookies, the warmth from a cup of tisane, the crackle of a fireplace…it’s that time again—winter is upon us and Christmas is right around the corner!

For a serene Christmas meal prep, follow these few tips and prepare your game plan one month ahead of time!

ONE MONTH BEFORE

  • Decide the type of Christmas meal you want to host: one large five-course meal and a potluck aren’t organized in the same way!
  • Determine the number of guests you want to invite and send out your invitations.
  • Prepare your menu so you can test your more complicated recipes ahead of time and build your grocery list.
  • Browse the flyer, you’ll find mouth-watering deals that will surely meet your needs.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE

  • Start cooking! Several dishes can be prepared ahead of time and frozen— sauce-based dishes, meat pies, desserts, and so on.
  • Make sure you have all required dishware, both for the table and for serving.
  • Cook up Christmas favors to put in stockings—homemade pickled vegetables, cookies, or spice blends in festive wrapping will delight your guests!

THE NIGHT BEFORE

  • Set the table. It will be one less thing to think about before your guests arrive.
  • Thaw your pre-prepared frozen dishes.
  • Buy yourself some time for D-Day: prepare ice cubes, place drinks in a cool place, run your last-minute errands, precut some foods, prepare the sides you can simply reheat, etc.

D-DAY

  • Early in the morning, pick up the fresh products you’ll need like oysters or bread.
  • Start early so you’ll have time to cook calmly and determine the cooking order of your various dishes according to cooking times and temperatures. For example, your dessert may need to go in the oven before your main course.
  • Accept help! Note the little things guests who would like to help can do, such as cutting bread, placing cheese on a platter, arranging petits fours on a wooden chopping board for serving, etc.

The most important thing is to fully enjoy the time spent with loved ones! The opportunity to be all together is golden, so prioritise the time spent with them rather than the mad rush by the oven!  

Merry Christmas!