It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But before you can sit down and indulge in some of your favorite dishes, you need to prep. Thanksgiving is easily one of the most chaotic days of the year between cooking, cleaning, or even traveling. Here are some steps that you can take now to help control the chaos on turkey day and enjoy the time with your loved ones instead.
CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE
A few weeks before the big day, remove anything from your fridge that you don’t need. On Thanksgiving Day, have a cooler or two around the house to store those foods that need to stay chilled until dinner. That way, you can maximize the space left in the fridge.
SPLIT UP SHOPPING TRIPS
Once you decide the menu, split your ingredient list into separate trips. Remember to organize your lists by shelf life. The last thing you want is to open your cooler right before dinner and find the lettuce you need for your salad is wilted. By doing this, you won’t be rushing the day before Thanksgiving when ingredients are more likely to be unavailable.
Don’t spend the morning of Thanksgiving frantically searching for your mom’s famous stuffing recipe. Set aside any recipe cards, make copies, or mark any cook book pages now. This will make your morning routine run a lot smoother. It may even be a good idea to make copies of all of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes and bound them together for future holidays.
There are some items on your table that can be prepared ahead of time and then reheated if necessary. These include things like appetizers, salad (minus the dressing), cranberry sauce, non-custard pies, and extra gravy. If you are planning on having guests that live nearby over, make things ahead and have them use their ovens and bring the food with them. This will help you save oven space and be more efficient with your cooking schedule.
MAKE A SCHEDULE
You’re bound to run into some unexpected hiccups on Thanksgiving Day, so it’s best to prepare as much as possible. Make sure all of the appliances you will need are working and where you need them to be. All measuring cups and spoons should be cleaned and good to go.
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