One of the big mesa we have as a family, with all of our extended family as well, is the 4th of July. We love getting together, shooting off some fireworks and of course, grilling outdoors. Now, our typical Independence Day meal involves a ton of kitchen preparation.
You know I like to cook all sorts of exotic dishes that take a little extra practice but are so packed full of flavor and style that they are irresistible. So yes, there is plenty of outdoor cooking to do, but there are also some dishes that need to be made in the kitchen and some kitchen prep that needs to happen before the cookout.
With that in mind, here is what I try to do to prepare my kitchen for this big celebration:
Get the Kitchen Spotless
I may be using some parts of the kitchen during the 4th of July that I didn’t usually make use of. I’ll be heating dishes up in the microwave and oven just to keep it hot for when it is time to eat and keeping deviled eggs and potato salad cool in the fridge for long periods of time. These spaces need to be clean to be appealing and usable, so I spend extra time preparing my kitchen.
I like to clean in the oven, behind the microwave and inside the fridge at least. If I have time, I get to some other trouble areas, but not everyone has the time for even these basic cleaning tasks.
That’s when I suggest hiring this cleaning company to prep your kitchen for you if you are in the LA area. They can get the job done much faster and more effectively, so I don’t mind paying the minimal fee to get my kitchen in peak condition for the big day.
Clear Out the Leftovers
I like to have lots of room in my fridge for 4th of July dishes. We are usually serving a large group of people and there is limited space to work with in the fridge.
So, the few days before the celebration, I am focusing on getting rid of leftovers and nearly empty containers. I want to make a lot of space. I also hate to waste food, so the family’s eating schedule is always focused on eliminating food that needs to be eaten to make the extra space.
Fill the Condiments
This is one that is often forgotten but is oh so important for 4th of July meals. You may peek into the fridge and see that, yes, you have relish and ketchup and mustard and such, but do you look at how much of each you have?
I’m looking at having to feed an army for this meal and perhaps throughout the day, so I want to be sure we have enough of the precious condiments so that no one is trying to dig at the bottom of the mayo jar just to get the last few spoonfuls out halfway through the meal.