Preparing for Thanksgiving can seem like an overwhelming task, especially when you have crowd to feed. To help your Turkey Day game plan succeed, do as many things ahead as possible.
Remember, if you only have one oven ( like I do) baking ahead and freezing is always a good option. The loaf breads in the Holiday Notebook can all be made ahead, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and foil, and frozen.
Shopping for your staples before the stores are insanely crowded, is also a less frenzied way to prepare. Believe me, fighting over the last can of Redi-Whip on Thanksgiving morning is not my idea of fostering Holiday Spirit!
Give your turkey several days to thaw in the refrigerator, trying to thaw too quickly opens the door to unsafe practices and invites unwanted germ-laden guests to your dinner. A 16-20 lb turkey takes 4-5 days to thaw in your refrigerator. This is the safest way to thaw. If you do run short of time, good advice can be found on the USDA website "Let's Talk Turkey".
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- Lisa Marie
- Cincinnati, OH, United States
- A dedicated foodie, with a passion for the best food. Favorite food crushes include; Cheese, Wine, Breads, Seafood, anything made with eggs, ...there's actually no point in a list, there isn't much out there I don't have a crush on. Transplanted from the Northeast at age 18, a whole new frontier of food was opened up to me. I have fished for Salmon, hunted for mushrooms, cracked open fresh oysters from the sea and devoured them on the spot. Figs, pears, peaches, so many indigenous jewels! I dedicate this BLOG to the endless variety this region provides. My hope is to live here for a very long time & continue to discover and experience it's unique bounty! Alas, my life has now taken me to Cincinnati, OH where the food culture is like none I have ever experienced.