Fully Enjoy Thanksgiving With These Tips!

Featured Author: Contra Costa Living Blog Team

There are plenty of Thanksgiving tasks you can take care of before the holiday arrives!

Thanksgiving is meant to be spent with friends and family around a dinner table full of delicious dishes. With all the preparation that goes into Thanksgiving dinner, it can be easy to spend the whole day cooped up in the kitchen. Use these do-ahead Thanksgiving tips to ensure that you can spend more time with your loved ones.

  • Create a plan that includes each dish that you are making and all the ingredients that are needed. Also, make note of how long each dish takes to prepare.
  • Most desserts and dessert components, such as crust, topping, and sauce, can be made at least a day before and then assembled the day of.
  • Cut up bread for your stuffing the day before and store it in a paper bag. Keep in mind that stale bread works better for dressing!
  • Most aromatics for your dressing, such as celery, onions, and mushrooms can bee cooked the day before and then tossed in with the pre-cut bread on Thanksgiving.
  • Prep your turkey as much as possible before the big day. This can include salting, rubbing with spice and butter, and even putting it in the pan so you simply have to pop it in the oven in the morning.
  • If you are making your own salad dressings, make them the day before. Most dressings taste even better if they are able to sit for a while.
  • Measure out your spices, grate your cheese, and chop up any vegetables the day before to avoid any tedious work.
  • Make all soups the day before and chill them in the fridge. Making soups the day before will give the flavors enough time to mix together.

All of us at All About Contra Costa, your local community forum in Orinda, California, would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!