How To Make Your Noche Buena Prep Easy, Stress-Free, + Fun

Because the designated cook wants to enjoy the holidays, too!

How To Make Your Noche Buena Prep Easy, Stress-Free, + Fun
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Being the designated cook in the family during the holiday season is no joke. There’s so much pressure to get your Noche Buena dishes spot on that, sometimes, you end up too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of your own labor.

With that in mind, we’ve put together five tips to help you have an easy, stress-free, and fun Noche Buena prepping and cooking experience this year. After all, Christmas Eve should be a memorable event enjoyed by everyone.

Tips for an easy, stress-free, and fun Noche Buena prep:

1. Keep the menu simple yet special

And that’s if you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen! Plan a holiday menu with recipes your loved ones enjoy, which you find easy to make, and which you can prepare in advance. The idea is to be smart with your menu choices.

2. Delegate duties

It’s not all about the food; it’s about the experience. As tempting as it is to control everything about your feast, it’s important to let the kids, your spouse, and even your guests make meaningful contributions to the celebrations.

Have the kids fold the table napkins or set the table and let your partner handle the drinks and serve the dishes. Why not encourage your guests to bring their specialties, too, like a side dish or a dessert? This is the perfect time to give everyone the chance to shine!

3. Buy ingredients in advance and in batches

Do not do your groceries after December 20. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re in a zoo! What you want to do is to plan your menu way ahead of time. Once that’s done, start shopping for ingredients in advance and in batches. This helps you manage both your time and money.

Something as simple as adding five additional items to your weekly grocery list helps a lot. Before you know it, your Noche Buena ingredients are complete!

4. Stagger the cooking

Plenty of Noche Buena recipes can be prepped or cooked in advance so go ahead and do so. On the days leading up to Christmas Eve, chop the veggies, measure out ingredients, mix the dips, and bake the cookies or cake — whatever you can prepare or cook early on!

5. Stock up on essentials

There’s nothing worse than running out of an important ingredient the night before or the morning of the big day. The key is to stock up on your indispensable ingredients, like salt, sugar, oil, butter, and ketchup.

Pro tip: use Heinz Tomato Ketchup for your holiday recipes that require ketchup! It is made with high-quality ingredients and homegrown Heinz tomatoes and is produced with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or thickeners. You can trust Heinz Tomato Ketchup to help make your Noche Buena recipes tasty and flavorful.

Follow these tips for an easy, stress-free, and fun Noche Buena prep. Remember to stock up on essentials like Heinz Tomato Ketchup to make your holiday cooking smooth and easy!

Shop Heinz Tomato Ketchup on Shopee and Lazada, or at your nearest supermarkets and grocery stores. Follow Heinz ASEAN on Facebook for more updates.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with HEINZ.
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