Thanksgiving Tips That Save You Time and Stress

Last year, we served up some tips on how to properly prepare your turkey. This year, we’re here to help make the overall Thanksgiving cooking experience a little less stressful. We’ve gathered a list of helpful tips that should lessen your time in the kitchen and increase the time spent with loved ones.

Plan ahead

Plan as much and as early as possible to avoid last-minute surprises.

  • Confirm the number of guests
    • If you’re expecting a small group, then only make what’s necessary. Trying to make more dishes than needed could end up making you feel rushed and frustrated.
    • If your guest list is long, you might need to double your recipes or make extra servings, just in case.
  • Plan for special diets
    • Be sure to ask your guests if they have any special diet requests so that they too can enjoy a hearty meal.
  • Consider incorporating a variety of ingredients, colors, and textures so that every dish has a unique flavor.

Make a shopping list and visit the grocery store as soon as possible

Don’t wait until the day before Thanksgiving to do your grocery shopping. Finalize your shopping list the week before and beat the crowd. This will save you a lot of time and frustration the day-of.

Prepare some dishes ahead

There are some menu items you can prepare ahead of time, such as turkey stock, cranberry sauce, and some desserts. You can also get the turkey ready with a dry brine the day before so that on Thanksgiving morning, all you do is place it in the oven.

We hope these quick tips help you prepare your Thanksgiving feast and allow you to enjoy a relaxing evening with those you cherish.

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