Ready, Set, Freeze! Use Your Freezer to Simplify Holiday Meal Prep

 Ready, Set, Freeze! Use Your Freezer to Simplify Holiday Meal Prep

The 2020 traditional holiday meal will have a different look and feel for many. In addition to smaller gatherings, many who were used to bringing a dish or bottle of wine to the big meal might find themselves heading up the kitchen operations to produce the full meal.

After eight months of COVID-related restrictions, your home might look a little different, too. Maybe you took steps to adapt your home to telework or schooling at home, or expanded your food storage capacity. Shipments of chest and upright freezers have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with AHAM data showing shipments of chest freezers up over 125% in October over the same period last year.

Any freezer, whether you have one or two, is a useful tool to help you stay organized while preparing a holiday dinner. Preparing what you can in advance will reduce your stress level and let you focus on a few dishes at once.

What should you freeze? We managed to catch up with a chef who can help you answer that this holiday season, which can be a busy time for professional chefs. You may have seen Lan Lam, senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated, presenting recipes on America’s Test Kitchen. Her experience covers a spectrum of cuisines and many years cooking in restaurants.

We ran down the list of holiday favorites with Lam to get her advice on what can be frozen, and what’s best prepared fresh. Organization is part of cooking, so as you plan and prepare your meal, remember the culinary gospel mise en place –…

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