Hosting your first Christmas? Here’s what you’ll need
You’re hosting your first Christmas and thinking: “I’ve got this… sort of.” It may all seem pretty straight forward at first, maybe even formulaic: turkey + gravy + stuffing = happy guests.
But then the day comes and your turkey doesn’t fit in your roasting pan and you realise you never bought a vegetable peeler.
The best way to avoid a Christmas dinner blunder? Have your kitchen stocked with all the right tools and don’t make a fuss if something doesn’t turn out perfectly.
Here’s our list of kitchen items that are ‘must-haves’ and ‘good-to-haves’ for the big feast.
- Meat thermometer so your turkey, ham or other roast comes out succulent and moist
- A good (sharp) knife for precise carving
- Vegetable peelers (more than one – so you can put people to work!)
- Cutting/carving board
- Gravy boat because gravy always tastes better (and looks classier) when it comes from a boat
- Microplane grater for zesting oranges, lemons and grating whole nutmeg
- Christmassy spices: sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves
- Roasting pan big enough to accommodate a turkey or other roast
- Kitchen twine for trussing your turkey
- Plenty of containers for leftovers
- Sugar thermometer so you can make these marshmallow snowballs
- Ice bucket
- Ice for whiskey… what else?
- Small canapé forks/spoons are best for letting everyone dig into starters
- Fat separator because it’s easier than skimming with a spoon
- Punch bowl to get the drinks flowing!
- Turkey baster to keep the bird succulent
- Bundt pan to make this bad boy
- Baking dishes that can be brought to the table so you don’t double-dirty the dishes
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.