Last-minute Thanksgiving Day dinner hacks

46731368 - thanksgiving roast turkey dinner
46731368 - thanksgiving roast turkey dinner
Published: Nov. 26, 2020 at 5:49 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - We all have the image of the perfect Thanksgiving or holiday meal, but stress often weighs down the day. Here are a few things you can do to make your Thanksgiving Day go a little smoother.

Get things done early in the day. If you’re going to make gravy, do it early in the day and put it in a thermos to keep it warm. It will clear a burner later on when you’re rushing to get food on the table. Also, set your table early, even the night before. It’s another task to get out of the way early and it makes your home look festive.

Tape your recipes and lists to your cabinets. Nowadays, many of us just use our phones or computers for recipes but in a crowded, cluttered Thanksgiving kitchen, taping your lists or recipes to the cupboard or cabinets will get them out of the way and easily visible.

Improve bland gravy or dry turkey. If your gravy is a bit bland, add a tablespoon of soy sauce or some recommend lemon juice to enhance the flavor. In my house, the turkey wasn’t done until it was dry but if you accidentally overcook your turkey, try drizzling a little warmed chicken broth over the sliced turkey about 5 minutes before you serve it.

Set up a drinks station away from the kitchen. Even with the pandemic, we’ll have our families in our houses and the goal is to keep people out of the kitchen while you’re busy. Set up a little cart with water and soda, whatever your favorite drinks are, with glasses and some ice. People can help themselves and won’t be taking up precious kitchen space.

Enjoy the day! It’s been a crazy stressful time for many of us so schedule some time to spend with the family. Take a walk, play a game.

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