Tips and Tricks for a Turkey Day Pro
Well the Holiday season has descended upon us already. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been putting off the plans until the very last minute. Whether you’re the kind of person who’s been ready for Thanksgiving since November 1st, or you’re getting out the Holiday boxes on Wednesday, we have some tips to help you be a Turkey Day Hero.
Tip 1: Slow Cook the Bird!
Cooking the turkey at a lower temperature and for a longer time, leads to a tender, more juicy meat. With the second added bonus of not having to get up at 4:00am to get a jump start on dinner!
Tip 2: Muffin’ Stuffin’
Do you like the crispy edge of your stuffing the best? So do most of your guests. A great trick to get more of that, is to use a Muffin Tin. (This also works with brownies! Every bite is a corner!)
Tip 3: Rolled Foil Rack
Do you not own a a wire rack at home? That’s okay, ball up some foil in big foil lines. Like rolling a Play Doh snake! The air space under the turkey will allow the skin to get a little crispier, and everyone loves that! Especially that hard to impress in-law.
Tip 4: Veggie Rack
No rack or foil? We still got an idea! Use some celery stalks or carrots, or both! They’ll keep the air flow in and have the added benefit of adding flavor to the drippings that you’ll probably be using later for the gravy. In fact, you can use any veggies you like, like quarter cut onions or leeks.
Tip 5: Slow Cookers Help
You might want to borrow a couple slow cookers if you don’t have enough, but making the easier dishes and keeping them warm in the slow cooker is super helpful. Try buttering the bottom and sides of a slow cooker and leaving your mashed potatoes in it. Leave it on low of course, and they’ll still be hot and ready to eat when that turkey timer finally pops!
Tip 6: Twas’ the Night Before
Are you like me and love your beauty sleep? Get more of it by preparing as much as you can the night before. Go over your recipes and chop all the veggies, separate all the ingredients you can into separate containers (if you have them) and get to work when you want to! You might even feel like a TV chef pouring all your pre-measured ingredients together.
Tip 7: Lists-Lists-Lists
You might need a list for all your lists. Recipes, and meal plans. Make a plan of action and stick to it, you never know what’s going to happen but you can always be prepared for it. Even if you don’t have space for all your lists, try to keep them checked off in your pocket. Seriously… don’t forget the rolls this time okay?
Tip 8: Have Wine Ready
There are a lot of people in the family who can probably get on your nerves. Sure grandma is going to come in and criticize your cooking. Or maybe that sister-in-law always wants you to know how much better her food is? Maybe half the family voted for the other party? Be ready to nix certain conversations, ignore certain comments, and most of all love each other. In the end, they’re all invited over for a reason.
Tip 9 : Go Out!
I mean hey, why not spend more time with the family? There are now tons of options to choose from when it comes to good restaurants that stay open on Thanksgiving Day. Just be mindful of all the Black Friday shoppers out there, because for every restaurant serving fresh cooked thanksgiving meals, there’s two big department stores that’s open thanksgiving day with their Black Friday deals.