Thanksgiving is a holiday filed with love, warmth and lots of great food. It can be intimidating, especially if it is your first time hosting. Today we are sharing with you seven great tips for making your holiday a success!
- Clean and prepare the kitchen (and the fridge!): A clean, organized area to prepare, store, and serve your food will allow you to remain calm as you cook up a storm.
- Make a menu: Creating a menu ahead of time helps you determine how much food you will need to purchase, and helps to ensure nothing is forgotten.
- Stick to what you know: We do not recommend trying a brand new recipe on Thanksgiving. By sticking to the recipes and foods you know and enjoy you can rest assured that the meal will be delicious. And let's be honest, who needs the added stress of trying to follow a new recipe?
- Make a plan/schedule: Start by figuring out all of the dishes you have to make and how long each takes to prepare. You can then prepare a schedule so that your food is hot and ready at the same time. Don’t forget that there are many sides dishes you can prepare in advance - add those to your plan too!
- Delegate and/or ask for help: Many of your dinner guests will ask if they can bring a dish to your celebration. Don’t be afraid to say yes! Just be sure you know what they are bringing so you don’t have two of the same dish.
- Don’t forget the Turkey: This a two-step process! First, don’t forget to purchase a turkey. Looking to get a farm raised, organic bird? You’ll want to get your order into the farm early to be assured there is one available. Secondly, make sure you take your turkey out of the freezer! The USDA recommends that for every four (4) pounds of turkey, you allot 24 hours for defrosting. If your bird weighs twelve pounds you’ll want to defrost it in the fridge for three days (72 hours)!
- Lastly, don’t forget to breathe and enjoy your day surrounded by your loved ones! 2020 has been a crazy year, so be sure to take time to slow down and enjoy the small moments that make the day so special.
We hope that these tips help you host a fabulous first Thanksgiving feast.
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