Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of you are probably beginning to create your meal plan and grocery lists. Here are a few tips to help you save time for your dinner crowd!
1. Begin planning a couple weeks ahead
Keep a notebook designated for the holiday and use it to write shopping lists, guest lists, food assignments, etc. Write a timeline of things that need to be done, most importantly for the 2 days leading up to dinner and the day of.
Ideally, you'll be able to treat dinner as more of a potluck where each guest brings a dish or two. Also, never turn down someone who offers to help!
3. Don't leave all the shopping till the last minute
You run the risk of stores being out of that one item you need. I like to shop the week before, then do a quick, last minute run for fresh produce.
4. Don't forget to defrost the turkey!
Depending on the size, it might take up to 5 days. If you're in a bind, you can put the bird in a cool bath, but the easiest way is to simply plan ahead and clear space in your fridge. You can improvise on a lot of the other side dishes, but yeah, you kind of need that turkey.
5. Make sure you have all the tools you need
If you don't have a roaster pan and always buy a disposable one each year, make sure you get one! Carving a turkey with an electric knife is infinitely easier! Don't forget a meat thermometer! If you rely on that little plastic button to pop, your turkey will likely be dry. Make a list of the items you need and just double check you have them all.
Hopefully these tips will help make your Thanksgiving less stressful and more fun!