5 Best New Year's Celebration Cooking Tips (& the Unique Cooking Tools You’ll Need)
Put together a stellar New Year's celebration with the help of a few cool kitchen appliances and cooking tools from Tongs n' Things. For such a full-scale event coming so soon after Thanksgiving and Christmas, you need all the help you can get, especially in the kitchen. Our fun cooking gadgets ensure an effortless meal prep, no matter what you're serving up for the evening.
Go All Out with Your Ice Cubes
The smallest touches can make the meal. As you begin to prep for your New Year's festivities, start to freeze ice cubes. Sure, you can buy ice from any supermarket or gas station, but supermarket ice doesn't sparkle. It doesn't have any panache. Purchase some edible glitter and colorful sanding sugar. Place a mixture in the ice cube trays, then freeze as usual. Utilize unique cooking tools to help you get the job done, such as festively shaped molds and a transparent ice bucket to display those dazzling cubes.
Get Your Ducks in a Row
Before you begin to cook, check to make sure that you have everything you need and prep a few ingredients beforehand. For example, you don't want to be without a roasting pan if you’re planning on roasted meats, veggies, or nuts. Because the holidays revolve around baked goodies, go through the cabinets and see how many other mixing tools you have. It never hurts to have a few extra bowls and whisks. Additionally, pre-chop onions, garlic, or other garnishes and veggies and cook any noodles or rice the day before.
Time the Cooking Process
Cooking for a big celebration is an art, yet you have to get the timing down to a science. Not everything cooks in the same amount of time and having multiple kitchen timers may be helpful to help you keep track of everything. You need to plan every step of the process precisely, including the prep. Look for fun cooking gadgets that will speed up your prep work and take a moment to consider what you're serving, as well. Stay away from anything too complicated, but give your guests plenty of choices. Finger foods, for example, will take you less time and are usually perfect for a more relaxed New Year’s celebration where guests are free to walk around, snack, and mingle.
Don't Forget the Drinks
Stock up on your beverages and cool home bar accessories before the soiree. Champagne, cider, and Prosecco will never steer you wrong, but it doesn't hurt to have juice, soda, beer, and other spirits, along with mixers for them. That means you'll need extra glasses and plenty of ice. If that's a bit too much, declare a BYOB event and prepare a holiday punch, instead.
Something Sweet at Midnight
Plan something special for the magic hour. Once midnight rolls around and you enter a new year, give your guests a sweet treat to take the edge off the champagne. Make Sno-Balls that resemble the New Year's ball or offer up cookies and milk for a touch of nostalgia.
Tongs n' Things has all the unique cooking tools you need to guarantee that your New Year's celebration goes off without a hitch. Besides memories, what will you be making this year?
- Alan Olmstead