Tis’ The Season To Be Thankful
With the holiday season just a few days away, many people are eagerly anticipating the taste of a home cooked meal. Preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal can be quite overwhelming, no matter how many years of experience you may have. Here are 5 tips on how to shop and make Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle.
- When you are shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep in mind how much of a specific product you will be using. For instance, if you use flour for your gravy and for baking your desserts, you’ll probably need a larger size of flour from the grocery store. If you have several items like this that you will be using a lot of, consider going to a place where you can buy these items in bulk. Costco, BJ’s and even your local grocer carry commonly used holiday items in excess to accommodate the high demand.
- Think back to your last Thanksgiving meal. How much leftovers did you have? I know that my family always cooks in excess. Their motto is “it’s always better to have extras than not enough”. Whether or not this theory applies to your family, if you tend to have a large amount of food left over than maybe you should consider cutting back on how much of it you make.
- Try and make it to the grocery store before the crowds get out of control. Many people flock to the grocery stores in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. There are however, certain times when the grocery stores are practically empty which are great times to go shopping. Usually, going first thing in the morning or about an hour before closing is the best time to beat the crowds.
- Depending on what you will be serving on Thanksgiving dinner, there may be some short cuts to help make cooking a little easier. For example, if you know you will be serving butternut squash, consider cutting and preparing the food a day before Thanksgiving. You can reheat them the day of Thanksgiving in a crockpot or slow cooker to keep them warm. Not only will this will free up some of your time for the big day, but it will also free up some of your stove top space.
- Ask for help from some of your family members who will be enjoying dinner with you later on. It’s always great to have an extra set of hands to help stir, chop, mix and serve.
What everyone needs to remember about Thanksgiving is that it is a day to be thankful for what you have. A lot of people get caught up in the preparing of Thanksgiving dinner that they sometimes lose sight of what really matters. Though the Thanksgiving meal may be the highlight, take time to appreciate the people who have joined together to share it.