It’s turkey time! Are you in charge of preparing the biggest meal of the year? If sweat is beading on your forehead just thinking about it, don’t fret! We have three tips that will help you prepare for this undertaking.
- Prepare food in advance| There are so many dishes that can be prepared way in advance, so you’re not in a mad dash come Thanksgiving Eve. For example, pie crust can be frozen, so you can get your dough rolled out a few weeks in advance. Make a list of everything the month before and just check off what can be done now and stored away until time for the big day, that way you can just relax and enjoy the appetizers on the day of.
- Turkey thawing takes time| We’ve all been there before. Thanksgiving Day rolls around, you take out the turkey and it’s still frozen. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw out for every four pounds in weight, and if you plan to brine it, then it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.
- Keep the turkey moist and still crispy| Everyone has their own family recipe, but it’s always a good idea to cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables. By layering carrots, onions and celery in the bottom of a roasting pan, you create a natural roasting rack that increases hot air circulation. This makes the turkey crispy, and allows for vegetables to have great flavor. Once it’s done on the grill or the oven, give it a rest. Cover the turkey in foil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, while it locks in all those juices and flavors you just worked so hard to create.
With these three tips, you are sure to be the talk of the Thanksgiving table, and you might just be asked to cook again next year. Know any other great tips? Make sure to share them with us at the store next time you come by.