Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving is upon us, like it's tomorrow. If you've been living in a cave for the last few weeks I'll forgive you but for everyone else, the busiest cooking day of the year is here! If you're like me and you find yourself needing to work on Thanksgiving this year (my work is ruthless), never fear, I've scoured the internet for the best list of Thanksgiving Day hacks to help you get that meal on the table in just record time! Keep reading for a list of the clever and bizarre to help you have the easiest turkey day ever.


  • Put your dishwasher to work. Instead of scrubbing potatoes stick them into the dishwasher on a the quick rinse cycle and no soap for a quick and easy way to clean them. This can be done for all your vegetables so get them all clean with just one cycle. That's not the only thing your dishwasher can do for you, it can also cook your veggies! Maybe not the most environmental hack of them all but if you're in a pinch that's one less thing to worry about.
  • Create a spoon rest for any pot. Simply wrap some aluminum foil around the handle of any pot and create a handy pocket to slide a tasting spoon in. No more dripping sauces on stoves or dipping the spoon into the wrong pot!
  • Stuffing in a muffin tin. For an easier way to serve perfectly portioned stuffing, back them into muffin tins for individual sized servings. Makes it easier to eat too instead of just having a pile of loose stuffing sprawled out on your plate.
  • Freeze your pie crust. After you roll out your pie crust into the pan, stick them in the freezer for a few hours. The cold will help them hold their shape better when they bake and prevent cracking.
  • Add some baking powder to your potatoes. To get them extra fluffy, add a bit of baking powder to your mixture. Not enough to alter the flavor but enough to trigger the chemical reaction in baking powder which will produce CO2 for some added fluffiness.
  • No roasting rack? Build your own. Layer the bottom of the pan with quartered onions, carrots, and celery to keep the turkey off the bottom of the pan. As a bonus it will add flavor to the drippings.
  • Keep the potatoes in the slow cooker. There's nothing worse than cold and congealed mashed potatoes so a good tip is to throw them in the slow cooker on low. Stir them once an hour and this way you can make them ahead of time and not have to occupy a burner.
  • Use a measuring cup as a fat separator. Pour all the drippings into a measuring cup and place it in the freezer. Within minutes the fat will solidify on the top so you can easily scoop it out with a spoon.
  • Use a thermos for the gravy. Another make ahead tip to minimize last minute cooking to perfectly time all your dishes is to make the gravy and then pour it into a Thermos while it is still steaming hot. The Thermos will do its job keeping the gravy hot for a few hours.
  • Microwave the potatoes. Cooks them a lot faster and save time by microwaving your potatoes in a bowl of water. They will be cooked in minutes and once you mash them no one can tell the difference anyways.

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