Thanksgiving Hacks For Stress-Free Prep


November 13, 2018 | Food Lion
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Thanksgiving Hacks For Stress Free Prep

It is almost that time again. Are you breaking out in a sweat just thinking about how much work there is to do? Don't worry. With these Thanksgiving hacks, you'll save time, money, and aggravation.

Do as Much Ahead as Possible

This seems obvious, but this hack cuts down on the overwhelming work preparing a big dinner, which means you will enjoy the day better. Many dishes can be prepared a couple of days ahead, so make a couple of things a few days before the holiday. Starting on Monday, plan to knock out prep work like making homemade cranberry sauce, chopping celery and onions, and baking sweets. Apply the same plan to making your home ready for guests. You will be relaxed with much of the work behind you on Thanksgiving.

Rub Vanilla Extract on Heating Vents or Radiators

This trick sends a warm, inviting fragrance wafting throughout your home. This way, you don't have to worry about overpowering scents or burning candles.

Use Beautifully Arranged Food as Centerpieces

Do this, and you'll save money and reduce waste. An artful mix of crisp vegetables is as pleasing as fresh flowers and doesn't take up precious space on your table.

Don't Overdo the Snacks

Limit your appetizers to three items. It is easy to go overboard, which adds to the stress of the day. Choose one item that is easy to prep like a veggie tray with dip. Add one more complex item like water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. Then, add a simple appetizer like a cheese board. With this spread, your guests will grab a nibble but will avoid filling up before the main event.

Mashed Potato Trick

Beat an egg into mashed potatoes and then spread in baking dish. This addition allows you to put the potatoes in the oven to warm and keeps the side dish fluffy and moist.

Use a Slow Cooker for More

Don't view your slow cooker for all-day cooking. Use it to keep other things like mulled cider, gravy, or soup warm and accessible without taking up a burner on the stove.

Buy Extra Disposable Storage Containers

This cuts down on clean up, waste, and the task of trying to find storage in your refrigerator. After clearing the table, divide up the leftovers and package them for guests while you are cleaning up. It will make cleanup go much more quickly.