Lisa’s 7 Secrets For a Stress-Free Holiday Feast
Holiday planning can be a handful! Lisa King knows how to feed the farm during the holidays and wants to share her time and energy saving secrets with you.
- Start prepping the food for your holiday feast now. Many tasks can be done in advance to make cooking your holiday meal easier. As soon as your menu is planned, you can begin prep for the big day.
- Do you have an elaborate and beautiful holiday table planned, complete with fine china and fancy place settings? Set the table the night before! Have your kids help, and make a tradition of it. Serve a simple breakfast in the kitchen or have a breakfast picnic in the living room—better yet, stop by the Freedom Farms Donut Shop and pick up a sweet holiday breakfast there.
- Buy Brussels sprouts in bulk and blanch them: rinse them, blanch in boiling water for about 3 minutes and freeze immediately on a cookie sheet. Transfer them to freezer bags. Not only do you have a great Thanksgiving side dish, you can keep eating them all winter! As an added bonus, freezing the Brussels sprouts removes any bitterness and imparts a slight sweetness. When you’re ready to serve, simply toss them into a skillet with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. I like to add sundried tomatoes for a festive touch.
- Onions and celery for your stuffing mix can also be prepared in advance and frozen. Roughly chop a large batch of onions and celery, label in a freezer bag, and simply pull them out when you are preparing your meal. The frozen onions and celery will keep for up to a year, so this is also a great way to prepare in advance for winter soups.
- Don’t toss your potato peels away! The peel is the best part! Potato peels contain Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and lots of fiber. Wash the potatoes well, cut them up, and skip the step of peeling them. For another great time saver, remove the water and then mash and serve the potatoes in the same pot you used to boil them.
- While you’re cooking, keep washing those dishes. Once a pot is empty, wash it or have someone else wash it. That way, you won’t have a huge pile of pots and pans waiting at the end of the meal. You can relax and enjoy your dessert. May I suggest a Freedom Farms pie?
- Buy a pie for dessert! Freedom Farm pies are made by hand, with love. We offer apple and pumpkin pies made to order.
The last and most important thing to remember is: if you are home and surrounded by your loved ones, you’re blessed. Instead of being overwhelmed by your holiday preparations, take time to be grateful for all the good that surrounds you.