RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Tip #4: Prep as much as you can ahead of time. If you can prepare any dishes the day before Thanksgiving, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and stress before your guests arrive. Mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes and some desserts are foods that will stay well overnight. But if you don’t have time to do any cooking ahead of time, there are still plenty of things you can do to get ready for the big meal. You can pre-chop vegetables and organize your ingredients in the refrigerator by dish so when the time comes to make them, you won’t be digging around for the right ingredients. The goal of planning your meal ahead of time is to make your Thanksgiving day as enjoyable as possible. Chances are, things will come up or something will pull you away from the kitchen. Planning ahead of time can help you stay on track.

the ingredients you’ll need to purchase. If you’re following a recipe online, be sure to check the comments, since some people will suggest helpful tips or additional ingredients to enhance the original recipe. Make sure you go to the store far enough in advance that the ingredients you need won’t be sold out. If you’re a savvy shopper, download or cut out your coupons in advance and look for the best deals to know when to shop. Tip #6: Manage cooking and hosting at the same time. The first thing to do is to create a cooking schedule. Read through each of your recipes and make a game plan for how you’ll tackle them. If you know the turkey will take five hours, map out when you’ll start the sides in that timeframe and how much down time you’ll have between dishes.

Make sure you have enough burners and oven space available at any time to complete your meal. You should aim for everything to be ready around the same time. When guests start to arrive, don’t be afraid to ask for some help with any last-minute serving or preparations. Most guests will

be more than happy to help you out. This way, you can catch up and still be productive.

Tip #5: Grocery shop efficiently.

There’s no need to be intimidated by your Thanksgiving shopping trip, as long as you have a detailed list when you go to the store. Simply go through each of your recipes and make a list of

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