7 Time Saving Hacks for Your Holiday Kitchen

With the whirlwind of gift buying, cookie exchanges, and holiday parties, it’s no wonder you’re short on time. Your to-do list is longer than Santa’s, and it’s your turn to host the big holiday feast. Take a deep breath and relax – we’ve found some clever time-saving hacks to keep your holiday kitchen running smoothly. From chopping and measuring to baking, we’ll help you get in and out of the kitchen fast!

Whether you’re batch-baking or prepping ahead, GoodCook Bakeware and Cookware covers all your time-saving kitchen needs. The GoodCook 8-Piece Ceramic Baking Set is oven-to-table ready for a holiday feast that looks as good as it tastes. Don’t forget dessert! The GoodCook 13×9” Bake and Roast Pan and the GoodCook AirPerfect Nonstick Quarter-Sheet Cake Pan are perfect for baking up sweet holiday treats!

  1. Batch Bake


You’ve spent plenty of Christmas mornings flipping flapjacks, and this hack will save you precious hours in the future. Bake up your pancakes muffin style, so you can enjoy Christmas morning with your family instead of manning the spatula. Pour pancake batter into a GoodCook 6-Cup Muffin Pan, bake, and you’ve got festive 2-Ingredient Pancake Muffins!

2. Oven to Table Cookware


Does this sound familiar – your oven-proof cookware is not holiday table worthy, and you waste precious time scooping side dishes onto serving platters? It’s time to upgrade to GoodCook Ceramic Baking Dishes, which have an oven-to-table design that are perfect for putting straight on your serving table. These Twice Baked Garlic Smashed Potatoes look gorgeously yummy in the GoodCook 2.5 Quart Rectangular Ceramic Dish.

3. Grate Frozen Butter


We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been ready to bake and realized the recipe calls for softened butter. Aside from waiting for half the day for the butter to soften or mistakenly melting it in the microwave, we’ve got a better solution. Grate frozen or cold butter with a GoodCook Stainless Steel Box Grater and it will soften as you go. Use this method to bake up these irresistible Perfect No-Puff Sugar Cookies right away!

4. Prepare Ahead and Freeze


Between not having enough kitchen space and time limitations, getting everything ready before a big meal can be a nightmare. We recommend prepping side dishes ahead of time and freezing. Prepare these delicious Honey Garlic Knots a few weeks beforehand, shape the kneaded (but un-risen) dough into rolls, and place them on a pan and freeze. Once frozen, put them in a freezer bag and stash back in the freezer. The day of your big meal, place the frozen rolls in a pan and let them thaw and rise for 4 to 5 hours. Bake them on a GoodCook AirPerfect Nonstick Quarter-Sheet Cake Pan and enjoy stress-free freshly baked rolls for dinner!

5. Bring Eggs to Room Temperature Quickly For Baking


As much as we hate to admit it, room temperature eggs make all the difference when baking. With no time to spare, you can bring cold eggs to room temperature quickly by placing them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes. You’ll be rewarded with perfectly textured baked goods every time. We dare you to test this theory on an irresistible Italian Christmas Cookie Cake. Bake it up in a GoodCook Nonstick 9 ¾ inch Springform Pan and serve to guests for a festive holiday dessert.

6. Microplane Garlic


You need garlic in a flash – instead of laboriously chopping it, use a GoodCook Microplane to finely mince it in seconds. Try the microplane garlic method on this succulent Butter Steak, or add to a fresh vinaigrette for a punch of flavor.

7. Go No-Bake


With oven space at a premium, we’re desperate for recipes that don’t call for baking. This Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake is a brilliant no-bake way to serve up a delicious dessert. Assembled in a GoodCook 13×9” Bake and Roast Pan, it softens in the fridge and is ready to feed a hungry crowd!

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