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Thanksgiving Tip: What Are You Waiting For? Cook Now!

Don't wait until Thanksgiving day to do all the cooking; start today and reduce tomorrow's stress. Here's how you can get the prep work for Thanksgiving dinner done in advance:

  • Make desserts one to two days before Thanksgiving. Or break it up over the course of two days. Make the pie dough on Tuesday and the filling on Wednesday. Be sure to bake the dessert the day before Thanksgiving. Everything bakes at different temperatures so this will free up the oven. Also the dessert will have plenty of time to set.
  • Make rolls, breads, or cornbread for stuffing/dressing the day before. These can be reheated last minute while the turkey is resting.
  • Peel potatoes on Wednesday. To prevent oxidization, place in a bowl of water in the fridge.
  • Thaw the turkey. Take it out of the freezer now; the last thing you want is for the bird to be half frozen when you stick it in the oven.
  • Chop the vegetables the day before. This will give you lots of free time on Thanksgiving. Place in bowls covered with plastic wrap or sealed plastic baggies in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.
  • Depending on the appetizers you are serving, prep or make these the day before as well.

Got a great tip about how to prepare a dish before Thursday? Please share with us below!


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
michichan michichan 9 years
Aimee, you must be so relaxed.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
kiwitwist freezing it will be just fine. My mother does it all the time.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I baked a bread last night and it's a huge weight off my shoulders.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll be baking on my day off tomorrow. I can't let my family down!
michichan michichan 9 years
I love the idea of freshly baked bread. How can I manage that?
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
This year I am having Thanksgiving with friends and family. Good advice, yumsugar.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
That is what I was thinking Yum! I am a very picky eater when it comes to food safety. It is in the freezer now! And the turkey has come out and into the fridge.
OldSchooler OldSchooler 9 years
Even though I'm Canadian and vegetarian this was pretty insightful. That potato tip is great!
michichan michichan 9 years
You can peel the potatoes that early?th
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I'm bringing salad and mac/cheese to our family Thanksgiving potluck dinner. So I'm safe to make my stuff on the day of. (There's something to be thankful for!)
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
thanks for the tips!
Food Food 9 years
kiwi - personally I think that might be pushing it a little. However I'm firmly in the better safe than sorry camp. Especially if you're feeding a bunch of folks, why risk it? Also, the lasagna noodles might dry out in the fridge for so many days. If it was me, I'd freeze it for now. Just remember to take it out of the freezer and into the fridge the night before so that it has time to defrost. You might also need to add an additional amount of cooking time (10 minutes). good luck!
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
i am pretty excited! this is the first thanksgiving that i'll be cooking (helping my boyfriend cook). normally my ex-MIL did all the cooking, and she is a fabulous cook, so she's a hard act to follow. but there is excitement in doing things on your own for the first time! i can't wait.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
*Friday I mean. My thanksgiving that I am cooking is on Friday.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I am peeling my potatoes on Thursday (we are having ours Thursday), and making the dessery Thursday as well. The turkey we don't get until Wednesday, and that is going straight into the fridge.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I am going to start baking wednesday. Thanks for the tips.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Good advice. This is the first Thanksgiving I'll be cooking, so I'm definitely starting today.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have a question Yum. I made a lasanaga yesterday (Sunday) but didn't cook it. I was planning on throwing it in the freezer for a day or two so it doesn't go bad. Do I need to? Or will it be fine by Thursday? The meat in it is cooked.
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