Thanksgiving is a joyous time of year that most of us look forward to! It’s a time to be with family and friends, and a time to reflect on life’s greatest joys. But, if you happen to be the one in the kitchen preparing the meal for everyone, it can get a little chaotic and stressful! Let’s face it… Thanksgiving dinner is no easy feat, but with these helpful tips below the prep time can go much more smoothly. (Because who doesn’t want less time in the kitchen and more time with the family?!)
1. Put newspaper under your tablecloth
If you’re using your best table for your Thanksgiving feast, you can protect it from heat stains, spills, and cutlery dings by laying down a layer of newspaper before putting down your tablecloth. You’re welcome!
2. Use a cheese grater to grate cold butter for pies
Homemade pie is the best!! But the very best pie crust calls for super cold butter, which is hard to cut! Grating it with a cheese grater gives you the perfect size pieces to form your dough with.
3. Use paper plates as splash guards
Gravy and whipped cream (and other recipes) that may call for a handheld mixer can also be messy! Lessen the splatter by poking a hole in a paper plate, fitting it on your mixer and over the top of the mixing bowl. Voila! Your very own cheap and easy splash guard!
4. Keep food warm in a slow cooker
Make mashed potatoes ahead of time and keep them warm in a slow cooker until it’s time to serve them. You can also keep your turkey warm and moist this way!
5. Keep gravy warm in a Thermos
Keep your gravy warm the entire meal by storing it in a Thermos! Less stress and more room on the stove!
6. Invest in a Turkey Lifter
Sometimes the trickiest part of Thanksgiving dinner is lifting the cooked turkey out of the pan! Instead of fumbling with forks and utensils, you can buy a turkey lifter which cooks with the bird, easily lifts it up and can be thrown into the dishwasher.
7. Have the kids make place cards
If children are attending your celebration, keep them busy by having them make place cards for the guests! Give them some crayons, stickers and other craft items that they can decorate the cards with. They’ll have fun, and the adults will be able to chat and enjoy visiting.