Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday where you bring all your family and friends to the table and where you can share and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But preparing a massive holiday feast for all your family members and friends can be overwhelming and exhausting. From grocery shopping to preparing meals to cook and clean. But there are some tips and tricks you can do to make this Thanksgiving stress free.
Tips to simplify your thanksgiving
Make a thorough list- this list should include all the ingredients you will need to whip up your most favorite and delicious side dishes, desserts, and what you will be stuffing your turkey with. By making a list you will avoid last minute shopping.
. Clean your fridge- Who doesn’t have leftovers after Thanksgiving? To avoid the hassle of trying to make space for the leftovers, its best to clean it out and have space open and ready
. Use your machines- What do I mean by this? Bring out your stand mixers, your slow-cookers, food processors and blenders and put them to work! Food processors can shred and slice ingredients, slow cookers and bake potatoes and then mixed in a blender, and blenders can puree to make delicious sauces
. Double up on the butter- Butter is essential when it comes to cooking a Thanksgiving meal, so it is best to keep 1-2 pounds of butter at room temperature
. Assign tasks- What better way to distress than by delegating some tasks to your guests. You can have them set the table, unload the dishwasher, help with cutting up some veggies, or sweep the floor
Plan your feast ahead of time will get rid of the holiday cooking stress. A few weeks before Thanksgiving start making a list of dishes you would like to make. Write them down and get the recipes that way you can look and see which ones you can get started on ahead of time. You can also see which ones you can put together in the oven and which ones need to be made right before serving.
Plan your menu
You can start by choosing the main dish, which most likely will be the turkey then you can start thinking about the side dishes such as the stuffing, casseroles like a green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and gravy, or dinner rolls, and so on. Finally, you can add one or two desserts. This is a huge help and helps create a well-rounded meal.
Plan ahead and get started with deserts
Deserts can usually be made ahead of time and will save you a lot of time and stress. You can make them and freeze them until you’re ready to serve. Pies can be stored for a few days before the feast as well as stuffing, mashed potatoes, and many other side dishes can be stored and reheated before eating.
Lastly, using disposable plates is a great option and a way to avoid having to wash a pile of dishes. You can also use bamboo plates or paper plates to cut back on dishes as well. As you can see there are many ways that you can avoid having a stressful Thanksgiving holiday this year.