Thanksgiving Prep Tips
Thanksgiving is around the corner and while we love being around our families and friends, entertaining large groups of people can feel like a daunting task. No worries though! Use some of my easy Thanksgiving prep tips below to help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love.
Make Pies Ahead of Time and Freeze Them
Make 2 Big Trips to the Store to Prepare for Thanksgiving Day
Certain items you want to get fresh, but we all know how packed the stores can get the week of Thanksgiving. To make things easier on your self, split your shopping into 2 trips. Your first trip is to get non-perishable items like canned goods, flour, sugar, etc. and you can go as far in advance as you’d like. Your second trip is for meats, vegetables, etc. and you’ll want to do that the week of Thanksgiving.
Read Recipes and Make a Cooking Schedule
We’ve all seen the chaos in the kitchen the day of and we’ve all experienced the agony of defeat, as things take longer to cook than expected. You and your guests all hate when dinner has to be pushed back to wait for things to come out the oven – leaving the already prepared food out to sit cold. This year, we’ll be prepared though! Plan ahead and put things in the oven that have the same cooking temperature and time together. Knowing what items have similar cook times will also make things easier when its time to reheat them. This batch cooking will help keep you organized and give you a better idea on a realistic time for dinner to be ready.
Make Side Dishes That Can Be Reheated Ahead of Time
You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to make items that can stay fresh for a couple of days. There’s no harm in reheating those side dishes. Also, certain dishes are better made ahead anyway like cranberry sauce! If you’re making your own, you’ll have to boil fresh cranberries so making them ahead of time and letting them cool in the fridge overnight works perfect instead of rushing to cool them down the day of.
Written by: Ivory Hargrove
CEO of Say Yes To The Dressing www.sayyestothedressing.com