Monday, November 21, 2011

Let the Cooking Begin!

How many of you are cooking this Thursday? I am and I should be running to the supermarket to get my shopping going. So far the list consists of turkey only but have not decided on the size or anything like that because like always there's someone who RSVP's at the last minute!

Thanksgiving food preparation somehow brings the worst in people because they get really stressed about fully cooking pounds and pounds of turkey meat as well as making it taste delicious... OK, now I'm nervous! In order to bring some peace into your minds and homes on Thanksgiving day here are a few prep tips in order to get thins going.
  1. Make sure you know how many people are attending so you can estimate how much food you'll need. For the undecided, if they are really especial count them in... You can always use the left overs.
  2. If your turkey is frozen do not thaw it at room temperature for more that 2 hours because that when the bacteria in it can start to grow. Transfer the turkey to the refrigerator on a pan that holds all the juices and allow 24 hours for each 4-5 pounds {click HERE for more thawing times}
  3. If you are using your fine or nicer china for the big reunion start putting out all the necessary plates, glasses and silverware. If possible, start arranging the table so if you need to make any last minute adjustments or addition they can be done in a flash.
  4. Print all your recipes in larger fonts and tape them in vertical position that way if you have your hands busy you can easily read them.
  5. If you are going to splurge, do it on fresh good quality ingredients that will make everything taste so much better.

Here are some links that might help you with the planning and something else:

Happy Monday everyone and don't forget to enjoy the prep time!