It’s almost Thanksgiving Day! Everyone will be thinking of recipes, decorations and being with family members that they may not see very often. Each family usually has it’s own time-honored traditions. It’s a busy time and takes a bit of planning to make things run smoothly.
In our family, we always had dinner at my grandparents’ house. All the wonderful smells of turkey, stuffing, pies, cookies and more always created a warm atmosphere. The memories of those times will always be dear to me. We didn’t do a lot of decorating but that didn’t matter. The important part was being together.
Coordinating cooking and baking times can be a little tricky but there are some things you can do to make things easier. I’ve looked around and found the 10 best tips that I can find. Have any tips you’d like to share?
- Plan your menu.
- Dice your onions, garlic, celery and other vegetables 2 or 3 days ahead of time. Then put them in ziploc bags in the fridge until you need them.
- Make your gravies and sauces from scratch instead of from a can. The taste is so much better and you can make it as healthy as you like.
- When choosing the size of your turkey, base it on allowing 1 1/2 lbs of meat per person. Add on extra for bones.
- If you have a frozen turkey, let it thaw the day before in the fridge. Or you can buy a fresh one a few days before.
- Prepare all your side dishes the day before. This means you can focus on the main course, the turkey, and other little details.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey is cooked to the right done-ness.
- Use butter to rub all over the turkey before baking it. This helps with tender meat. You can even put little bits of butter under the skin.
- If you have guests that have allergies that you know of, clearly marking which foods contain these ingredients will make it easier for them to avoid those foods.
- When transporting your dishes, make sure your hot foods are hot and your cold foods are cold.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!