Irene’s Holiday Kitchen Hacks

Irene’s Holiday Kitchen Hacks

I’m so happy you enjoyed my baking hacks. It’s true that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and even more when it’s the holiday season. There’s nothing I love more than seeing the looks on my loved ones faces after they try the delicious treats I’ve made for them. The holidays bring lots of fun and excitement, and sometimes we can tend to get a little behind in the kitchen. Not to worry, though. Below, I’ve pulled together a few of my best kitchen tips—holiday edition—to help you save time and eat healthier this holiday season.


Grill Vegetables Beforehand

Are you planning on grilling or oven roasting vegetables as sides for your dinner?

They can be made three to four days in advance and refrigerated.

Serve them at room temperature, or heat them up in the microwave before serving.




No More Sticky Dough!

When I first started baking bread, this was the most time-consuming part of all. Then I learned a neat tip. Start out by using about 80 percent of the water called for in the recipe.

Add more water as needed, until the dough is formed. More water can then be added in small amounts during the kneading process.

Dip your fingertips in water, and continue to knead the dough until it is soft and not sticky.



Think Ahead of Time

Does the holiday dinner already have you worrying that you won’t have enough time? There are a few different parts of the meal that can be made in advance and frozen.

Challah bread is one of them. A good friend recommended that I try this, and it has been a lifesaver.

I now bake my bread in advance and freeze it before the meal. It still has that fresh, homemade taste.




The Never-Ending Soup Bowl

Cooking for a lot of people can get a little tricky, and I’ve picked up some money-saving hacks over the years.

I always serve my chicken soup with matzo balls, vegetables and noodles.

This is more filling, and can feed a lot more people than just chicken soup by itself.




Filling Side Dishes

Pasta salad and potato salad are all inexpensive, and quick and easy to make. Use red, yellow and green peppers,

as well as colored noodles to make the dishes look more appealing.

These dishes can also be easily made ahead of time and refrigerated. I recommend keeping them in the refrigerator no longer than two days.




Save the Sugar for Dessert

There are a lot of recipes that call for sugar, even savory dishes like salad dressings, roasts with brown sugar, and marinades.

I prefer to use a little bit of honey instead, and save the sugar for dessert.





I hope that you enjoy these holiday tips from my kitchen to yours. Check back often for more baking and cooking hacks, advice, and money-saving tips. I wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know if any of the tips worked out for you.

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