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Self Catering Holidays
Britons seek new ways to save money during the economic crisis, many are
seeking to decrease their spending on non-essential items and services. One
major expense that some Britons are looking to avoid is the tremendous cost of
catering holiday meals for family and friends. Eliminating the cost of catered
food, however, does not mean that the holiday parties need to end. With a
well-stocked kitchen and a bit of culinary know-how, anyone can cater an
Easter or Christmas dinner for the entire family and save hundreds of dollars
without sacrificing any of the experience.
The first key to self-catering holidays is to enlist help from the guests.
Encourage family and friends to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.
Provide them with a full count of the other guests and, if possible, a list of
their food preferences and any food allergies, particularly those that are
severe. If each of your fifteen guests brings a portion of the meal, you can
focus your efforts on providing high-quality entrees and main dishes. Be sure
to ask each guest what they are willing to bring and steer guests away from
To prepare a sufficient quantity of each main dish, consult a cookbook and
scale up your servings generously based on the number of expected guests. Be
sure to allow sufficient flexibility to account for surprise guests and to
allow for the always possible day after leftovers. If your main dish is
meat-based, consult with your butcher to ensure that the cut of meat that you
select will be sufficient for the guests and to gain advice on proper cooking
techniques. Purchase your meat fresh two days before the holiday to avoid a
lengthy defrosting process.
Before cooking for your holiday, ensure that you have pots and pans large
enough to accommodate the quantity of food that you will need to prepare. An
investment in high-quality, large-scale cookware will pay for itself when
self-catering holidays in the future. Be careful not to become too
overambitious -- measure your cookware before purchase if you have any doubts
that it will be compatible with your oven or stovetop.
Following these steps and choosing fresh, high-quality ingredients will ensure
that your holiday parties continue to please all of your friends and family --
without sacrificing your budget.
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