Thanksgiving is amazing. Your family gets together. You share stories, food, drinks, laughter and you’re feeling thankful. Some of you may even feel blessed. I love Thanksgiving. This will actually be the first time my husband and I might have to do it alone. But that’s not stopping me.
Now, it might just be a dinner for two, but if you know me and my cooking skills, you’ll know I’ll still need all the help I can get. So I rounded up 10 Thanksgiving Dinner hacks to make Thanksgiving just a tad easier.
Here they are.
#1 – Prep as much as you can days before.
- This can be chopping up your veggies.
- Toasting any nuts that need toasting.
- Grating any cheese you’ll need.
You can save time by prepping the veggies, nuts, and cheeses before Thanksgiving day. Put them in a baggie or airtight container and label them. One less thing to do on such a hectic day.
#2 – Consider a Buffet Table.
If your table is pretty full and you don’t have enough room consider having a buffet table. Your guests can serve themselves and it be a great place to show off all the food together.
Image from CountryLiving.com
#3 – Print out the Recipes.
Print out the recipes and place them at eye level. They can be taped on your cabinets. This way you can easily refer back to the recipe as you’re cooking.
#4 – Read the recipes carefully.
Read the recipes carefully and make sure you have the equipment you need. Do you have all the big pans you need? A food processor? A thermometer?! <– That’s an important one. Make sure to plan out if you have enough time to cook everything too.
#5 – Designate your serving plates and utensils.
This will let you see if you have enough serving plates and the sizes you need for all the food you’ll be making. If you don’t, then you’ll have time to borrow/buy some. Also, the less decisions you have to make the day off the better. Let’s face it, it’s a tiring day as it is with all the cooking.
Image from MarthaStewart.com
#6 – Have enough oven space?
Consider choosing some recipes that don’t require an oven. We’ve definitely had problem with this one before. Or you can consider buying oven racks. Just make sure to try it out before. When I put more than one thing in my oven, the food tends to take longer – so test it out before just to be on the safe side.
#7 – Make 2 shopping trips instead of 1.
The first shopping trip will be weeks before for nonperishables. You can get canned food, flour, sugar, alcohol, etc. The second trip closer to Thanksgiving day will be for everything else like fruits, veggies, etc.
The second trip will now be shorter and you won’t have to be in a crowded supermarket that long.
#8 – Don’t forget about your slow Cooker.
Use a slow cooker to keep your mashed potatoes warm. Totally underrated, but definitely helpful.
#9 – Set the table the day before.
This means you’ll have to find another place to eat, but it’s for a day or two and it’ll save you time and stress. One less thing to worry Thanksgiving day. You can see some Table Decor Ideas here. Hopefully, it’ll inspire you to set your own awesome table.
#10 – Make your pie stand out
Your pie will taste delicious, but will it look the part? Check out this video on how to make your pie even more beautiful. Easy enough, that anybody can do it.
The video is from SoYummyBlog, and you can click on the link for detailed instructions.
Hope these 10 Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks save your sanity. Remember, at the end of the day what counts is that you are with your loved ones and that you are thankful for everything in your life (you can read my reasons here).
Comment below on any tips/hacks you have for Thanksgiving day. I’m sure more experienced cooks out there have some great hacks so please share =D