Let’s face it. Thanksgiving can leave us scrambling to get everything on the table. You want everything to be hot, but it’s so hard to get everything done at the exact same time. It certainly makes the holiday stressful. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make things easier. Let’s take a look at some Thanksgiving hacks.
Cook Your Turkey Overnight
If you want more oven space on the big day, cook your turkey in the oven overnight. You can slow cook a turkey at 250 degrees. Best of all, you’ll end up with a fall-off-the-bone tender turkey that everyone is going to love.
Use Your Slow Cooker to Keep Things Warm
If you have a slow cooker, it can be used to keep side dishes at the perfect temperature. This allows you to get some things done and not worry about them getting cold. Most slow cookers have a warming function. Another great tip is to add butter to the top of mashed potatoes stored in a slower cooker to prevent any drying on top.
I usually cook my Dutch green beans recipe the day before, refrigerate, and then add to the slow cooker to warm about an hour before the Thanksgiving meal.
Keep Gravy Warm in a Thermos
Go ahead and get your gravy made. You can keep it warm inside a thermos. Pour boiling water into the thermos beforehand. Pour the water out and add the gravy. This will keep your gravy hotter for longer.
Clear Up Precious Fridge Space
Chances are you need lots of drinks for your guests, but you also need fridge space. Instead of putting your drinks in the fridge, put them into a cooler along with ice. A large cooler will allow you to store a lot of drinks. This will prevent the need to keep refilling throughout the day.
Use Aluminum Foil In Your Roasting Pan
Don’t have a fancy roasting rack? No worries. All you need to do is crumble up some aluminum foil into a rope and then roll into a spiral. Place in the bottom of your roasting pan and it will keep your turkey from sitting in the drippings and all you have to do is toss it after the turkey is done.
Opt for Disposable Pans
Who wants to do all that cleaning after eating that much food? Instead of having tons of pots and pans to scrub, why not use disposable pans? You can find everything from turkey roasters to cake pans at the Dollar Tree. This truly makes cleanup a breeze.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be crazy. There are so many hacks you can use to make the holiday easier.