Time saving Turkey Day Tips

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!

Happy prepping everyone!

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