If you’ve been selected to host your family’s Thanksgiving Day meal, you’re probably feeling a little excited about showing off your cookery skills and treating everyone to some fine hospitality. You may also be feeling a little nervous, however, particularly considering how much money, time and hard work can go into a delicious meal for a large group of people.
Fortunately, we have a few solutions to lighten your load, impress your loved ones, and make your job as easy as possible. In short, you should try to prep your kitchen and most of your menu in advance. Here’s how:
1. Ensure You Have All The Kitchenware You Need
There’s nothing worse than realizing you are missing fundamental kitchen tools on Thanksgiving Day itself. To avert such a disaster, remember to do a checklist of all the items you will need a few weeks in advance. This should include, amongst other things, sufficient crockery, cutlery and glassware for your guests, a meat thermometer, a roasting pan, pie dishes, sharp knives, and a chopping board.
2. Buy a Turkey
Try to buy a turkey well in advance and put it in the freezer. If you leave it too late, you may end up with a turkey that is too small for your family or of low quality. You must also remember to start thawing your turkey at the right time, giving it at least a day of thawing time for every four pounds that it weighs.
3. Make The Gravy And Freeze It
Gravy is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, so try to get it right well in advance to avoid any culinary disasters. It should remain fresh and tasty in the freezer. If you’re concerned about adding turkey drippings to the gravy, you can simply do this on the day itself after the pot has thawed.
4. Freeze Your Mashed Potatoes
If you’re a little sceptical about this one, we don’t blame you. After all, potatoes are not known for freezing particularly well. However, mashed potatoes are surprisingly delicious after freezing, provided they are coated in plenty of sumptuous cream and butter.
5. Make Some Cranberry Sauce
No Thanksgiving Day meal is complete without cranberry sauce, so it is well worth prepping this easy-to-make treat when you have some time to spare. It is essentially a kind of quick jam and is full of sugar so will keep well in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to use it.
6. Make A Pie
If you’re a fan of fruit-laden pies at Thanksgiving, it is well worth prepping one in advance and putting it in the freezer ready for baking on the big day. It is worth noting, however, that freezing tends not to work for custard-based pies such as pumpkin pie.
7. Make A Schedule
Planning the timings for when things need to go in and out of the oven on the day will make your job much easier and give you plenty of time to relax and spend time with loved ones. You don’t want to be spending the day feeling stressed and worn out!