Are you in denial about Passover? Pesach is one of the most complex cooking tasks that Jewish cooks face. Whether or not you clean your house from top to bottom, switch over to a special set of dishes or just host the family for the Seder, you'll want to organize everything so that your meals run smoothly. Even if you plan to cook the day before the holiday, it's not too early to begin implementing these tips. If you organize well, you'll be able to cook quickly and efficiently.
Here are some tips for Passover cooking.
1. Plan your menu and shopping list early. Count up any guests and estimate quantities. You'll want to be flexible because of sales and seasonal vegetables, but some Passover products fly off the shelves close to the holiday.
2. Talk to family members about what you will need from them, whether it's bringing along a dish, peeling carrots or helping with the groceries.
3. Take care of other holiday-related tasks well in advance. House-cleaning, dry-cleaning, mending, clothes shopping, and haircuts should all be penciled in so you can focus on cooking.
4. Make sure have all of the utensils that you need for cooking and serving. You don't want to run out to get a soup ladle in the middle of cooking.
5. Make room in your refrigerator and freezer to store the food you will be making.
6. Plan menus for the meals leading up to the holiday. emptying your shelves in the process. A frozen casserole will be a life-saver during the crunch time.
7. Make a cooking schedule. Include time for defrosting in the refrigerator, preparation, cooling and cleanup.
8. Wash and peel vegetables one day, and cook the next. Bake on a different day. Washing and peeling vegetables is usually the most time-consuming cooking chore.
9. Don't overdo it! If you have limited time or energy, make a simple menu and rest frequently. Every extra dish requires more effort to cook, store, serve and clean up. Pesach is supposed to be the holiday of freedom, and you want to enjoy the meals that you worked so hard to make.
10. Take notes as you cook. What worked and what didn't? After the holiday, write down the quantities you used and whether you need extra utensils so you'll have the start of your shopping list ready.
Thanks so much for hosting me and I wish all the readers a happy and delicious holiday.