Thanksgiving Tips & Tricks

Being the person responsible for preparing Thanksgiving dinner sounds stressful to some, but with the right tools and prep roasting a turkey and preparing the meal can be easy (even fun)!

A Week Before

First, we need to make sure we have all the tools needed. This will make the cooking process easier and more fun with new supplies!

  • Carving Board – Make sure your board is big enough to fit the entire turkey!
  • Carving Set – Having a sharp knife makes all the difference when it comes time to carve the turkey. A sharp knife can end up saving a lot of time too!
  • Roasting Pan– Throwing some veggies in the oven with some garlic and herbs in a roasting pan will be your side dish savior! Let them soften away while you focus on that turkey.
  • Roasting Rack – Although a roasting rack is not absolutely necessary, it allows the turkey to sit above the fat and juice. This is completely optional!
  • Baster- It is time to replace your baster if the bulb is cracked or inflexible.
  • Thermometer – Make sure your thermometer is long enough to reach the center of your turkey!
  • Serving Spoons– make sure you have serving spoons or tongs for each dish! 
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About 3 Days Before

Now that you have all your essentials, you need to find the perfect turkey!

Turkeys come fresh, frozen, organic, self-basting, and anything in between. When deciding what kind you want, it is important to keep in mind that frozen turkeys can take a few days to thaw – about one day for every five pounds. The turkey isn’t something to be scared off- pick the method that will work best with your entire prep list.

What size turkey? Generally, you’ll want about a pound per person (don’t forget about leftovers!).

One Day Before

Anything you can do early, do it! (You’ll thank me later).

  • Make a timeline of your Thanksgiving day – WHAT you’ll cook and WHEN
  • Set the table and get your serving dishes ready
  • Slice veggies, bread for stuffing, and any other ingredients – store your bread in the oven overnight (make sure the oven is OFF)
  • Make the cranberry sauce
  • Bake the desserts
  • Put drinks in the fridge to chill
  • Create flower arrangements (use a hallowed pumpkin as a vase for cute details)
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Thanksgiving Day

  • You already have your cooking schedule! This should take some pressure off
  • Use buffet style serving
  • Keep side dishes warm in a slow cooker to save oven space
  • Make sure the dishwasher is empty so it’s ready when you need it
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Now dig out your favorite family recipes and get to it!

Don’t forget the stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie! Maybe even a cup of coffee to end the evening.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Sterling Restaurant Supply! Remember to enjoy time with your family and friends!

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