Holidays & Entertaining

Simplify your tasks this holiday season

A season full of visits from close friends and family means a lot of big meals, surprise drop-ins and plenty of time in the kitchen. Embrace your company by creating an inviting and stress-free kitchen that will welcome them throughout the month. Follow these three easy steps to help you simplify your life once the holiday rush begins:

• Store with care. With company and family abounding, extra food in the house is a must. Organize your pantry according to cooking needs, such as storing all of the cookie baking supplies in one spot and the go-to appetizers in another. If necessary, set up an extra shelving unit within your kitchen to accommodate the bulk foods required for bigger holiday get-togethers.

• Let friends and family help. Most guests are willing to lend a hand in the kitchen when you’re preparing for a big meal. While it’s important to take the lead on your dinner party, don’t be afraid to assign smaller tasks to guests who ask to lend a hand, or get your kids involved by asking them to take coats to the back room, pour beverages or bring dishes to the table.

• Know your options. New appliance features are designed to simplify your life, say the experts at Whirlpool Home Appliances. Today, for example, you can get a freestanding range with innovative AquaLift self-clean technology. It will clean the oven in less than hour, with less heat and no odour, making life far easier at this time of year.

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