Here is something that you should know about me, I am a “List-a-holic”. I like to have a list for everything, much to the chagrin of my hubby and kids. So with Thanksgiving coming up.. I am checking my lists… once maybe even twice, lol… Here are some other great lists I found all over the web.
Check out this list found on Epicurious.com. They start 6 weeks out, but we are going to jump in where we are..
Monday Before Thanksgiving:
- Buy the rest of your perishables today or tomorrow.
Wednesday Before Thanksgiving:
To make tomorrow manageable, do as much cooking as you can today. Here’s a list of ideas:
- Defrost pie crusts and turkey stock.
- Assemble and bake pies; store them at room temperature (unless they’re custard-based, such as pumpkin pie, which should be refrigerated).
- Prepare any side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, that can be made ahead and reheated in the microwave.
- Clean and dry salad greens and store them in a resealable plastic bag.
- Set the table; arrange chairs; set out flowers, candles, and any other decorations.
- If brining your turkey, prep it and leave it in the brine overnight.
The big day! Here’s a schedule to help you sail through with ease:
- If stuffing your turkey, prepare the stuffing and fill the turkey.
- Put the turkey in to roast.
- Defrost breads and any other prepared items that have been frozen.
- Chill white wine and beer. Set up the bar for any other drinks you’ll be making.
- While the turkey is roasting, complete all the other dishes. Let them stand at room temperature or, if ready more than one hour ahead, refrigerate.
half an hour before dinnertime:
- When the turkey comes out, let it rest while you make the gravy and reheat the side dishes on the stove top, in the oven, or in the microwave.
- Dress the salad.
- Carve the turkey and serve the meal. (Don’t forget to save the carcass for turkey soup.)
- Wrap up leftovers within two hours. (See recipe ideas for using up leftover turkey.)
- Make coffee and tea, whip cream for pies, and serve dessert.
Being Prepared, is a Major Part of Any Successful Holiday. What is your favorite go to list for Thanksgiving Prep?