5 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen This Holiday Season

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Think you have no time to cook this holiday season? Think again. Consider these five tips to help you save time at the holidays and be more efficient in your kitchen.

platter of ham with side dishes surrounding it

Come the holiday season, your days are pretty full. Gone are the lazy days of summer when we can go wherever the wind blows us, sleep in, or change plans midstream for an impromptu trip to the pool. Homework, sports practices, games, music recitals, and carpools have replaced a more flexible schedule.

However could we fit in more for the holidays?!

Yet, Christmas play practice, holiday work parties, volunteer opportunities, church banquets, Christmas concerts, and family get-togethers abound at this time of the year. And don’t forget tree trimming, cookie baking, tamale making, and light looking!

How do we fit in extra when the every day is already full?

5 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen This Holiday Season

Consider these five strategies to help you save time in the kitchen this holiday season:

1. Determine Your Priorities.

You cannot accept every invitation or bring every great idea to fruition. All those great recipes you find on Pinterest? You don’t have time to do it all. It’s just not there.

Think through your options and decide what’s most important to you. Reflect on the holidays of the past and to determine the best things for your family this year. It may be different than years past. You may be surprised to find out that your family values traditional, simple recipes instead of the newest food trend.

Most importantly, find just a few things to focus on and then rock them.

pot of Chicken Noodle Soup with bowls and biscuits

2. Use kitchen shortcuts.

Food and clothing are still necessities to family life. In fact, holiday food and clothing notch things up a bit. Find shortcuts to help you manage the day-to-day tasks:

3. Choose wisely.

Even though you know your priorities, you may still find yourself with a longer “to do” list than you can reasonably pull off. Don’t be afraid to say no or to cross some things off your list. Give your holiday menu plan a serious audit. Do you really need to make five desserts? Probably not.

Choose only those things that jive with your family’s priorities.

The Print & Go Planner

4. Remember there are still only 24 hours in a day.

The days don’t lengthen at the holidays. They shorten! Have a realistic view of what you really can do.

When folks talk about saving time in the kitchen, they don’t necessarily think to look at their schedules, but you must! There are no kitchen fairies; you have to find time to do the work.

Consider writing out a new time budget for this season. Consider how long a task will really take and don’t plan more than you really have time for.

5. Take care of you.

You help no one if you run yourself ragged, talk crabbily, or get sick. In fact, a sick cook is a recipe for disaster! No happy holiday there!

Drink water, take your vitamins, get plenty of rest, and squeeze in some exercise — even if that means parking at the back of the lot and walking the extra length into the grocery store. Taking care of you and doing what you can to be at your best will help you make the most of a busy season.

What do YOU do to save time in the kitchen at the holidays?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. My Christmas post is going up tomorrow, but I talked about traditions – both the ones brought with me from childhood as well as the ones that Peter and I have created and continue to create. I think the most important thing for us is to relax over the holidays, to remember the real Reason for the season, and to spend time with family while maintaining a fine line of time for just the two of us as well. I’m so enjoying your series and look forward to it each week! 🙂

  2. Thanks for this Jessica! I just posted a link from my site for your ebook. Great resource!

  3. Susie's Homemade says

    Great tips!! I employ them all:-)

  4. Thank you for the free printables 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  5. We do limit our December activities, and try to keep things to the faith-related ones. Yes that means no winter basketball, but it is a small sacrifice for a smoother season!

    We also do what we can to adopt families in whatever small ways we can.

  6. I am totally in favor of a simpler season!


  7. Tanya says

    Thanks for the free downloads. I’m always looking for ways to make things simpler due to health issues and being a mom! Thanks!

  8. Thank you for creating this! As soon as I am done with my closet… then it will be time for me to get started on the holidays. 🙂

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