For those who enjoy baking, the holiday season means extra time spent in the kitchen cooking up a storm. From peppermint cookies and chocolate roll cake to duck with raspberry chutney and everything in between, there’s nothing quite like the food we bake and eat during the Christmas and New Year festivities. Most families have their own traditions and signature dishes during this time of year, and time spent around the table with family and friends is time well spent in our book! So, with all the hustle and bustle that comes with the season, is it viable to remodel your kitchen during the holidays? Well, while we concede that this might not be the best time for a remodel, with a little ingenuity it’s certainly doable! Here’s part one of our blog on how to survive the holiday season in the midst of a kitchen renovation.
Plan Your Food Prep
Depending on the scale of the remodel, you may or may not have access to a stove and oven. For those of you who love to cook, try to schedule your remodel so you at least have your oven installed in time for your holiday baking spree. You can get by without a countertop – a folding table can substitute for a counter so you can do your food prep. In a pinch, you could consider asking a friend or neighbor to use their kitchen in exchange for some of your yummy homemade cooking as well.
However, if you will not have a stove or oven, you’ll need to get creative. If you fall into this category, the crockpot is your friend! There are plenty of delicious recipes that you can prep and then cook in a crockpot, and the great thing is as long as you have an electrical outlet and a slow cooker you’re in business! Just make sure to plan ahead, and take into account if you will have a working fridge and freezer. If you won’t, you can use coolers and ice, but be sure to cook up perishable items before the ice thaws or you’ll be making multiple trips to the supermarket! Microwaves also come in handy to heat up leftovers or non-perishable items when you’re fridge-less.
Keep the Necessities Handy
It’s easy to get frazzled during this busy time of year, especially when in the midst of construction or remodeling. To combat this, staying organized is key! Have a few plastic Tupperware containers where you can keep the kitchen utensils you use the most. A good knife, food storage containers, microwave-safe dishes, and anything else you use often should be easily accessible. If your sink or dishwasher will be out of commission, consider using plastic plates, cups, and silverware for convenience. Another more eco-friendly option is to forgo paper or plastic dishes and wash your reusable dishes in a different place, like your bathroom sink.
If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, our design experts at Island Tile would be happy to help you! We carry a variety of floor and wall surfaces including mosaic backsplash tile, wood-look tile, beautiful marble, and everything in between. So, if you’re in the Melbourne or Palm Bay, FL areas, stop by today so we can help make your renovation smooth and easy. Keep an eye out for part two of our blog, where we’ll give you more ideas on how to make your holiday kitchen remodeling as easy as pie!