Save yourself time tomorrow with a few do-ahead steps today for a very Happy Thanksgiving meal.
Stuffing can be made and refrigerated overnight.
Vegetables can be chopped, cheese grated and spices or seasonings can be measured out the day before.
Wash, dry and store lettuce in a resealable plastic bag today for the salad tomorrow.
Make it a potluck! You couldn’t possibly cook everything yourself, so divide it up. Send out a list of dishes needed and start enlisting relatives to help out, it’s what they’re there for!
Turkey time crunch? Try roasting the stuffing outside of the turkey if you’re in a pinch; the turkey will cook faster!
Burnt gravy? Don’t throw it out! Instead sprinkle in a little sugar to counteract the bitteress.
Get Active – After you eat, don’t allow the fam to go into a food coma. Appoint someone to be “Activities Coordinator” or talk your guests into a nice sunset walk to kickstart your metabolism and burn off some of this heavy meal.
Handling the Kids – Put them to work for you, with setting the table and other simple tasks. When it’s time to eat, let them have a separate table, and appoint the eldest as responsible for the whole group. If there are young kids consider serving them earlier to avoid crankiness and tantrums.
Running out of fridge space? Take the beverages out on a bed of ice! This way they are cool, accessible, and don’t take up precious space!
My biggest tip = REMOVE THE NECK BONE AND BAG OF GIBLETS FROM INSIDE THE TURKEY BEFORE YOU COOK THE BIRD!