November is here, which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday at your house this year, whether for the first time, or the twentieth, it’s time to get ready. Here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.
According to Epicurious.com, since we’re less than four week away from Thanksgiving, you already need to invite your guests, finalize your menu, create a shopping list, get any cooking gear you’ll need, finalize your décor, order your turkey, and make your cooking plan (plan out what you’ll cook when).
Later this week (when we’re three weeks out), you should clean out your cupboards to make room for new ingredients, buy all nonperishable supplies, and take care of any in-home projects you wanted to accomplish (paint the dining room, get new guest towels, etc.).
Two week ahead of the big day, you can start cooking! First, however, you’ll need to clean out your freezer to make some room. Good items you can make this far ahead include pie dough, bread, and turkey stock.
Over the next week and half, you will need to prepare your house, especially if you’ll be having house guests. This means you should have clean sheets and towels for your guests, polish the silver (if you have any you’ll be using), clean out the fridge, and start thawing your turkey if it’s frozen (it takes about 5 hours per pound to thaw).
The day or two before Thanksgiving you can start doing some hardcore baking. This includes the pies, or simple side dishes that can be reheated in the microwave, like mashed potatoes. If you’re brining your turkey, leave it in the brine overnight.
Once Thanksgiving Day has arrived, plan on baking and cooking until mealtime. Be sure to put your turkey in the oven nice and early so it has plenty of time to cook. Also, don’t forget to take out any items you placed in the freezer, like bread, so they can thaw on the counter.
Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year?