Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what’s important and be grateful for what and who we have. It is also a time of great stress. Planning get-togethers and dinners can be very demanding. After the menu is planned, here are 10 tips that can help alleviate some of the challenges of the season.
Organize cookware & Bakeware.
Knowing which or how many pots, pans and baking dishes is integral in the preparation of Thanksgiving. How many dishes will be prepared? Is it better to use disposable baking pans?
Schedule Your Dishes (Long to Short)
This is all about time management. Turkey usually takes the most amount of time to prepare.After it is done cooking, it will need to rest for about 15-20 minutes. In that time, another dish be prepared. Also, it helps with not serving cold dishes. The last thing you want to do is reheat something you just cooked.
Bake desserts the day before dinner.
The oven will be pretty busy on the day. It’s better to prepare desserts ahead so it is one less thing to concern yourself with.
Brine your turkey.
If you want a juicy, flavorful turkey you need to brine it. Whether you roast or fry, brineing definitely helps.Assign family tasks (make it fun)Preparing the holiday feast should be a family activity. It’s a great way to pass family traditions down. Assign different dishes or tasks to family and friends. My daughter sets the table every holiday. She gets excited about it every year and plans elaborate table settings.
Clean As You Go
The very last thing anyone wants to do after cooking a feast is the dishes. Clean up the minor messes as you go. If you have time between preparing dishes, wash what you can. It makes thing so much easier.
Organize your dishes & Ingredients
We had an incident a few Thankgivings’s ago when we ran out of lemons. I assigned my daughter to make lemonade. But I needed lemons for the turkey. Luckily, I had some bottled lemon juice but I decided to organize better in the future. Label ingredients for each dish.
Keep extra foil, plastic wrap and take away boxes on hand.
Not only is it a good idea to have extra foil for food preparation reasons, but it makes it easier for your guests that might want to take some food home to enjoy later.Cook turkey on thanksgiving.In my family, we seldom roast turkey for Thanksgiving. But when we do, it’s done on Thankgiving.Turkey is NOT a newborn baby that needs to be tended to all night or morning. Depending on the size, the turkey only needs 3-4 hours of roasting time. Save yourself the headache.
Make Thanksgiving fun while waiting for the food to finish cooking. Pre-plan games and activities for everyone to do while they wait.In conclusion, preparation is key. Plan the menu, the equipment and the assistance. Get everyone involved in the process and have some fun along the way. The holidays is a great time time to enjoy your family and friends. To remember what is important. Don’t let the meal stress you out.
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