Thanksgiving is just a few days away! Here’s some more Thanksgiving preparation tips provided by the National Turkey Federation that are sure to help alleviate some of the chaos associated with cooking during the holiday. With these tips, you’ll have the time to sit back on Thanksgiving and truly be thankful!
Two days ahead:
- Make breads and cornbread or biscuits for the turkey dressing/stuffing as well as pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecakes, cookies and rolls. Refrigerate desserts with custard-like ingredients. (The desserts may be brought to room temperature before serving.) Even if you are serving apple or pecan pies, the pie crust could be made today with assembly and baking late tomorrow.
- Prepare menu items such as cranberry sauce, soups, appetizer dips and other items that improve in flavor as they are stored in the refrigerator.
- Assemble casseroles (such as sweet potato or green bean). They can be stored uncooked in the refrigerator and baked on Thanksgiving Day.
- If you are making homemade stuffing, cut and cube bread and place it in a single layer on a baking pan to dry.
“Sauté Wednesday” or One Day Ahead:
- Set the tables – both the dining table and the buffet table. Arrange the chairs. When setting the table, be sure to remember the salt and pepper shakers, butter dish and all the serving utensils.
- Wash, trim and cut fresh vegetables. Wrap in damp paper towels and place in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator.
- Cook the turkey broth with the turkey giblets and wing tips. The broth will be a great flavor enhancer with the stuffing/dressing and gravy.
- Bake fresh sweet potatoes so they will be ready for the final recipe preparation tomorrow.
- Complete any remaining baking, such as apple or pecan pies. Cover and store fruit pies at room temperature.
- Calculate the cooking time and temperatures (plus cooking order) for tomorrow.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed completely before you go to bed for the night.
Check in tomorrow for Part 3!
When the turkey is carved. When the rolls are piping hot. When everyone wants seconds… We’re the good heat.