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Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? If this is your first time cooking a Thanksgiving dinner you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Here are 8 tips to help you with your Thanksgiving Day meal planning. Doing these things the night before will make your Thanksgiving Day so much easier!
Before you get started with any preparations, make a list. Write down everything you will need for cooking your holiday meals, including ingredients, aluminum roasting pans, baster, meat thermometer, vegetable peelers, cooking timers, etc. If you don’t have any of the necessary items, now is the time to go get them. Think ahead to avoid any extra stress on the big day.
Planning for a big feast is challenging. Different foods require different cooking times. In order to have everything cooked properly and to be ready to serve all at the same time, it takes some planning. Think about what you are going to be cooking; print out all your recipes in advance; and then write a schedule. This makes a huge difference!
If you plan to serve pies for Thanksgiving, and who doesn’t, these are best made the night before, or better yet a couple weeks before and frozen. If you have frozen pies, set them in the fridge the night before Thanksgiving to thaw. If you are baking pies, try to bake them in the evening. Pies are best served fresh, so the later in the day that you can bake them, the better.
To save yourself work, cut up veggies the night before. Make any salads, except fruit salads, the night before. Rinse the greens and veggies, pat them dry with a paper towel, and store them in a plastic storage bag in your refrigerator’s crisper section until you are ready to serve or cook.
The more things you make-ahead the easier your Thanksgiving Day will be. Some foods do not taste as well the second day, so think carefully about your choices. Most vegetables will taste best cooked on “Turkey Day” but potatoes, stuffing, and casseroles are great dishes to make ahead. Prepare them the night before and store them in the fridge. The next day you can reheat in the oven or in a slow cooker.
Kids love to help with holiday baking and planning. Unfortunately, sometimes their help isn’t, well… very helpful. To help them feel involved and give them something to do while you are prepping for the big day, plan a list of things for them to do. One thing that kids can help with, depending on their age, is setting the table. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to teach your children how to properly set the table. Print out a guide and let them help!
Don’t wait till the last minute to clean the house. Once you have the main things taken care of, do a double-check of the rooms your guest will be visiting. Make sure your refrigerator and microwave are clean. Then check the bathrooms to make sure there is an extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, hand towels and soap or a full soap dispenser. You might also want to set some air fresheners out or light some scented candles.
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