Start Prepping Now
Use a small box or reusable shopping bag to store extra napkins, linens, and décor items. This will save time hunting for items during crunch time.
Make Dessert with Ease
October is full of apple and pumpkin picking adventures. Consider canning or freezing homemade pie fillings now. You will get that fresh pie taste without doing all of the legwork on Wednesday night.
Keep it Moist
Moisture is your friend when it comes to cooking ahead.
Adding sour cream or goat cheese to your mashed potatoes adds moisture and added flavor to this Thanksgiving staple. Mash this side up 1-2 days ahead and refrigerate in a casserole dish. Reheat with extra butter at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Add some extra cooking broth to your standard stuffing recipe and this treat can be prepared in your crockpot. Simply sauté your ingredients ahead of time and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Utilize All Cooking Accessories
Thanksgiving dinner poses several cooking challenges including space in the oven as well as varying cooking temperatures of recipes. Crockpots, pressure cookers, and convection ovens all can have a place in your meal preparations in order to clear up space in your oven.
One tip that I love is to utilize your outdoor grill. If you can cook your turkey outside, suddenly your entire oven is free!
Surprise your eaters with an assortment of choices by thinking small with your turkey. Preparing turkey breasts instead of a large turkey increases your flavor potential with less stress and a faster cook time. Consider citrus, maple, or apple butter flavorings for your Turkey this year.