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5 Stress-Free Kitchen Tips To Make your Thanksgiving Feast a Sensation
November 22, 2019

Everyone loves a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast, but if your house is this year’s designated place of food & family, you might be feeling more stressed than thankful.

These tips from real Thanksgiving survivors will keep your kitchen clean and your guests happy!

Everyone loves a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast, but if your house is this year’s designated place of food & family, you might be feeling more stressed than thankful.

These tips from real Thanksgiving survivors will keep your kitchen clean and your guests happy!

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Bake Desserts The Day Before

Bake Desserts The Day Before

If you’re on dinner and dessert duty, you won’t have the time or space to prepare everything, especially if you only have one oven. Cakes, pies, cookies, and more can all be prepared the day before and refrigerated overnight.

If you’re on dinner and dessert duty, you won’t have the time or space to prepare everything, especially if you only have one oven. Cakes, pies, cookies, and more can all be prepared the day before and refrigerated overnight.

TURKEY DAY TIP: Make desserts that are best served cool like pumpkin pie, or pudding. Then, you won’t have to worry about reheating!

TURKEY DAY TIP: Make desserts that are best served cool like pumpkin pie, or pudding. Then, you won’t have to worry about reheating!

Freshly made berry pie ready to bake for the holidays!

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Freshly made berry pie ready to bake for the holidays!

Photo Courtesy Of: www.thekitchn.com

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Prep & Portion

Prep & Portion

Now that desserts are taken care of, it’s time to prepare for the big day by portioning and prepping for your dishes. To be clear, you won’t be cooking during this step. This is your chance to do any chopping, blending, mixing, marinating, or food processing for the next day.

For example, if you need chopped nuts and diced celery and onion for the stuffing, prep all that the day before and put it in a Tupperware.

Even for dishes that don’t require much prep (like a green bean casserole), you put the cans and bags of ingredients all together so you won’t have to scramble and search the next day.

Now that desserts are taken care of, it’s time to prepare for the big day by portioning and prepping for your dishes. To be clear, you won’t be cooking during this step. This is your chance to do any chopping, blending, mixing, marinating, or food processing for the next day.

For example, if you need chopped nuts and diced celery and onion for the stuffing, prep all that the day before and put it in a Tupperware.

Even for dishes that don’t require much prep (like a green bean casserole), you put the cans and bags of ingredients all together so you won’t have to scramble and search the next day.

All of the Thanksgiving dishes prepped and ready for a smooth and stress-free day!

Photo Courtesy Of: www.cozi.com

All of the Thanksgiving dishes prepped and ready for a smooth and stress-free day!

Photo Courtesy Of: www.cozi.com

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03.

Use The Oven, Stove, And Grill

Use The Oven, Stove, And Grill

The oven is the star of the day, but chances are, it will be occupied by a turkey for at least 3 hours.

Instead of trying to bake everything (and ending up slaving all day), cook with everything you’ve got. Make veggies and potatoes on the stove, corn-on-the-cob on the grill, and serve no-cook dishes like fresh salads and cranberry sauce.

TURKEY DAY TIP: Your turkey needs to cool for 30 minutes once it comes out of the oven. Use this valuable window to bake casseroles or reheat pies.

The oven is the star of the day, but chances are, it will be occupied by a turkey for at least 3 hours.

Instead of trying to bake everything (and ending up slaving all day), cook with everything you’ve got. Make veggies and potatoes on the stove, corn-on-the-cob on the grill, and serve no-cook dishes like fresh salads and cranberry sauce.

TURKEY DAY TIP: Your turkey needs to cool for 30 minutes once it comes out of the oven. Use this valuable window to bake casseroles or reheat pies.

Potato and vegetable side dishes getting cooked on the stovetop while the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven.

Photo Courtesy Of: www.bettycrocker.com

Potato and vegetable side dishes getting cooked on the stovetop while the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven.

Photo Courtesy Of: www.bettycrocker.com

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04.

Wash As You Go

Wash As You Go

If you wait to do the dishes until after the meal, you’ll be facing a mess of apocalyptic proportions. If you’ve prepped the day before, you should have time to rinse and soak as you go, making life much easier after dinner.

TURKEY DAY TIP: Is your Turkey Day attendance growing by the year? Invest in a fireclay sink and enjoy more space for those large pots and pans as well as a boast-worthy centerpiece for your kitchen!

If you wait to do the dishes until after the meal, you’ll be facing a mess of apocalyptic proportions. If you’ve prepped the day before, you should have time to rinse and soak as you go, making life much easier after dinner.

TURKEY DAY TIP: Is your Turkey Day attendance growing by the year? Invest in a fireclay sink and enjoy more space for those large pots and pans as well as a boast-worthy centerpiece for your kitchen!

Farmhouse kitchen with fireclay apron kitchen sink that has plenty of room for large pots and pans.
Farmhouse kitchen with fireclay apron kitchen sink that has plenty of room for large pots and pans.
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05.

Create Boundaries

Create Boundaries

Timing and space issues can be stressful, sure. But usually, Thanksgiving kitchen woes come from guests popping in and getting in the way.

To make things easier, incentivize rooms where you want people to socialize by laying out snacks and drinks, putting sports on TV, setting out toys and games, etc.

Timing and space issues can be stressful, sure. But usually, Thanksgiving kitchen woes come from guests popping in and getting in the way.

To make things easier, incentivize rooms where you want people to socialize by laying out snacks and drinks, putting sports on TV, setting out toys and games, etc.

Relax on Thanksgiving by playing cards with family while waiting on dinner.

Photo Courtesy Of: www.shutterstock.com

Relax on Thanksgiving by playing cards with family while waiting on dinner.

Photo Courtesy Of: www.shutterstock.com

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and appreciation, and no one deserves it more than the cook! Follow these easy tips for a stress-free kitchen this Thanksgiving and you’ll be sure to enjoy the holiday just as much as your guests.

Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and appreciation, and no one deserves it more than the cook! Follow these easy tips for a stress-free kitchen this Thanksgiving and you’ll be sure to enjoy the holiday just as much as your guests.