How To Prep Your Kitchen For Thanksgiving

How To Prep Your Kitchen For Thanksgiving

Preparing for Thanksgiving can be a multi-day feat, but it’s all worth it at first bite of turkey, gravy, stuffing and all of our nostalgic Thanksgiving staples we look forward to every year! Follow these easy steps to prepare your kitchen for a smooth and stress-free holiday to enjoy quality time with your friends and family!

Step 1

Determine Your Menu – Thanksgiving dinner is the centerpiece of the holiday, and the earlier you plan ahead, the less stressful Thanksgiving Day will be. With many options and meal variations, stores will likely run out of ingredients the week leading up to Thanksgiving, so plan ahead to ensure that last minute pumpkin pie you’re craving is in reach!

As you grocery shop during the month of November, stock up on non-perishable goods. Some pantry staples include canned pumpkin, vegetables and yams, boxed stuffing mix, pie shells, marshmallows and more! Store them together in a bag, and place away in a cupboard or cabinet so you are not left searching mid-recipe the day of.

And don’t forget – if you are having guests over, please confirm if there are any special dietary needs or restrictions to avoid cross-contamination during the cooking stage.

Step 2

Review Your Recipes – Now that you have chosen your spread, review each recipe to ensure you have every ingredient and tool needed to successfully complete your Thanksgiving meal! If you need any special silverware, pots, pans, chairs, serving platters, or décor, purchase or borrow ahead of time.

If you are feeling extra organized, create a Thanksgiving binder to fill with recipes. It will be easy to reference while cooking, and a family heirloom that can be passed down for generations to come.

Step 3

Prep your fridge – and clean it out! First, tackle the fridge and freezer; you will need as much room as possible for storing ingredients before the holiday, as well as storing leftovers after the big meal. Throw out anything that has been in the fridge for a while, or is running low, and likely won’t be eaten. Wipe down the shelves, and drawers, and reorganize to optimize the space in your fridge. A few days before the holiday – move soda, beer and beer into coolers in the garage.

Step 4

Clean your appliances and countertops to maximize the workspace you have to prepare all the food.

Wipe down kitchen surfaces and appliances, including the stovetop, sink, countertops and table. Run a self-clean cycle in your oven a few days prior to cooking. Sweep your floors and remove any garbage and recycling.

Pull out any large pots and pans, serving platters, plates, silverware and glasses you plan to use on Thanksgiving. If you can’t remember the last time you used your holiday serveware sets, give it a good rinse.

Move anything that has a standard spot on the counter (bread box, fruit bowl, tea pot) to a location off the countertop. The more space, the better!

Step 5

Set the table the day before. That’s one less thing you have to do on Thanksgiving Day, and one less chaotic task involving people in the kitchen. Now is the time to set up any extra tables or chairs, put out place settings, as well as any seasonal décor. Make sure salt and pepper are set on the table, as well as a trivet and serving spoon for each dish you’ll be serving.

Step 6

Do as much food prep as you can ahead of time. Many side dishes can be prepared, frozen or refrigerated the week of Thanksgiving, including stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, casseroles, and pies.

Simply note the defrosting or reheating preparation in the recipes mentioned in step 2.

Step 7

Make a schedule. One of the hardest parts about Thanksgiving meals is getting everything cooked or heated and ready to serve at the same time. Prepare a food cooking and heating schedule ahead of time to make sure everything comes out perfect. Work backwards from the time you want to have the meal ready

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Assign each helper a specific task. Put one person in charge of the food that needs to be heated in the microwave. Someone else can be responsible for pulling things out of the oven at the designated times. The most skilled turkey carver should be responsible for slicing up the bird. Younger helpers are great at keeping drinks full.

Assign each helper a specific task. Put one person in charge of the food that needs to be heated in the microwave. Someone else can be responsible for pulling things out of the oven at the designated times. The most skilled turkey carver should be responsible for slicing up the bird. Younger helpers are great at keeping drinks full.

Now that you’ve worked hard to create an amazing Thanksgiving spread, ENJOY! Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful and cherish time with your loved ones!

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