Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse . . .
Whoever wrote this was actually not a privy to the big family celebrations that we have become accustomed to. Where everyone rolls in a couple of days before the big day. So you are not even planning for one big day… but several! Several days of kids running around playing, catching up on all the family stories and gossip. Seeing old friends, last minute trips to the mall for last minute gifts for last minute guests. It seems that sometimes even when you think you have everything planned to a ’T’ a little something happens and you can find yourself back at square one. It’s a lot to handle, even for the most experienced Christmas dinner veteran. So what can you do to stave off the stress, so you can just sit back and enjoy the company without running around like a chicken, with it’s head cut off?
Get some snacks ready!
- Fill your Vacuvita Home Base with fresh rolls and bread.
- Fill the fridge with some nice cheeses for a nice cheese plank.
- Make some dips and flavour infused butters and keep them fresh our vacuum containers to eat with crackers and toast.
- Make cookies beforehand to keep fresh in vacuum seal bags for the kids to munch on.
Not unlike with any big holiday meal the more you prepare ahead of time, the more time you have to actually enjoy with your friends and family.
- Use our large vacuum seal bags to prepare veggies for the big day, when the day arrives, use your sous vide machine to cook them all while you sit and relax with some good company and wait for the roast to cook, or the ham, turkey… whatever you prefer!
- Marinate the meat within 5 minutes using the latest added feature on the Vacuvita Home Base. What normally can take hours or even a day to get it marinated, the Home Base will do it in minutes!
Get the drinks ready!
- And by that we mean Griswold family Eggnog. The quintessential holiday drink.
Ingredients (6 cups)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites (don’t forget you might have some in the freezer)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color.
Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved.
Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.
Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Whisk the egg whites into the mixture.
Chill and serve.