We’re in the countdown to Thanksgiving phase and I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little nervous about how I’ll pull it all off. I mean, it’s a lot to do for just one meal, and the pressure is ON! So, I said I’m a little nervous, and I’m okay with that, as long as I don’t get a lot nervous. Fortunately, I came up with some pretty fabulous hacks to prevent freaking out, and, fortunately for you, here they are:
1.Create extra fridge space.
Clear your refrigerator of bottles of condiments and other foods that you hardly use and store in a cooler with ice packs. You’ll likely find yourself with a whole empty shelf.
2. Create extra warming space.
Not enough room in the oven to keep everything warm? Use your cooler as a thermos by lining it with towels and stacking food in there after it comes out of the oven. Use a different cooler for hot and cold, obvs.
3. Pie weights.
No need to spend money on pie weights, when you can use dried beans or raw rice.
4. Degrease drippings.
Separate the fat from the drippings by pouring the drippings into a measuring cup and placing in the freezer for a few minutes. As it cools the fat will rise to the top and you can easily spoon it out.
5. Revive dry turkey breast.
Pour warm chicken broth over turkey breast to moisten it before serving.
Set the table. Have your table all set the night before. It will make you feel good to see it done and you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.
6.Plan it out.
Plan out which serving dishes and pieces you’ll be using for which foods and you’ll be all ready to go.
7. Tape recipes to cabinets at eye level.
Print out recipes from cookbooks and tape them where you can easily see them.
8. DIY roasting rack.
Put a layer of quartered onions, carrots, and celery on the bottom of the roasting pan and place the turkey on top. You don’t need to buy a roasting rack and the drippings will have more flavor this way.
9. Peel garlic.
That’s a chore everyone hates, and ready peeled garlic is expensive. Make it easier by putting garlic in the microwave for 10 seconds- the cloves will slip right out.
10. Set the table.
Have your table all set the night before. It will make you feel good to see it done and you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.
Thanksgiving should be all about enjoying your time with your loved ones and being grateful for what you have, and grumbling about making dinner takes away from that. Use these tips and remember that feeling happy and grateful is up to you! Happy Thanksgiving!