Thanksgiving is just a week away! If you are like many of us, you wait until Thanksgiving Day (maybe a little work the day before) to start preparing the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast. We found some 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!
One week ahead:
- Shop for hardy vegetables such as onions, winter squash, carrots, potatoes, parsnips and turnips.
- Buy heavy cream now as it may be hard to find right before Thanksgiving.
- Clean the turkey platter and other serving dishes. Use sticky notes to define the foods to be placed in each serving platter and bowl.
- Calculate how long it will take the turkey to thaw. This is the easy formula: for each 4-1/2 pounds of frozen turkey, plan on a 24-hour refrigerator thaw time. For example, if the turkey weighs 16 pounds, the refrigerated thaw time will be 3-1/2 days. Place the frozen turkey, in the original wrapper, in a 2-inch deep roasting pan. Thaw the turkey, with the breast side down so the juices will flow into the breast. A thawed turkey may remain in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Plan accordingly. http://eatturkey.com/consumer/cookinfo/turthaw
- Start making extra ice for the beverages.
Three days ahead:
- Clean the house.
- If you are using fresh flowers or fruits for the table arrangements, they should be purchased today, and the table arrangements assembled.
Here’s a few more important tips to remember. With a natural gas stove, you have precise temperature control that works when the power is out. And most natural gas ovens heat so quickly, you don’t have to worry about preheating. To learn more about natural gas stoves and ovens, visit Alagasco’s Stove/Cooktop information page.
Check back on Monday, November 24th for additional preparation tips to help you make it through the final stretch before Thanksgiving.