For so many of my clients, Thanksgiving Day is the most anticipated family day of the year. But for those tasked with hosting or co-hosting, it can also be the most stressful.
I recently came across some unique tips for meal preparation that can help drastically reduce your stress level and your time in the kitchen. So I’m sharing seven tips and tricks that will hopefully bring you luck while preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
- Use a cooler for a mini fridge. Who doesn’t run out of room in their fridge on a normal day, let alone on the biggest meal prep day of the year? So dust off your cooler and place all of the space-monopolizing items from your fridge that you do NOT need this Thanksgiving (like smears, dressings, condiments, you name it) and give them a new, short-term home in your ice-filled cooler.
- Use cabinets as recipe stands. There’s no time for flipping back and forth through pages of cookbooks or risking spills on expensive smartphones and tablets. Print off your recipes and tape them to the insides of your kitchen cabinets! They’ll be at eye-level, can be placed in order of your prep needs and will be out-of-sight when cabinets are closed.
- Use your local salad bar for chopped ingredients. No one has to know who cleaned and chopped your ingredients! Eliminate hours from your recipe prep time by swinging by your local grocery store’s salad bar and stocking up on items your recipes call for, such as chopped onions, bacon, hard boiled eggs, and trimmed beans.
- Use your dishwasher as a potato cleaner. Yes, you heard that right – but make sure you don’t add soap. Since cleaning potatoes can take a chunk of time out of your busy day, you can place your potatoes on the top rack of your dishwasher and run a rinse cycle.
- Use your slow cooker as a mashed potato warmer. With all of your stove top burners locked in as prime real estate, why not transfer the mashed potatoes (once they are completed) to your slow cooker to keep them warm and fluffy. Butter the pot, pour in a little heavy cream, add your potatoes and stir once every hour.
- Use your thermos as a gravy warmer. Note everything I said in number five except it’s gravy in your thermos! If your thermos is good enough for coffee and soup, it can surely handle this.
- Use chicken broth to revive a dry turkey. There’s nothing more disappointing than an overcooked, dry turkey. But don’t panic! Warm chicken broth drizzled on top can instantly help moisten it and bring it back to proper serving temperature.
I hope that by trying one or all of these tips it’ll make everything run a bit more smoothly. If you have unique ways of preparing your big meal, I’d love to add them to this list.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
All the best,
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