Thanksgiving can be busy and stressful. These handy Thanksgiving prep tips will help save you time and money as well as fit more fruit and veggies into your celebrations! Enjoy the holiday!
- Choose your recipes ahead of time. Better yet, test them in advance to familiarize yourself and prevent any Thanksgiving disasters.
- Making mashed potatoes? Buy your potatoes by the bag! 5lb or a 10lb bags are very economical In addition to mashed potatoes, why not try some other delicious casseroles that can be made in advance like scalloped potatoes or potatoes au gratin.
- Not sure what to do with all those potato peels? If you’ve cleaned your potatoes well, save those peels for a stock. All the vitamin C contained in them will give your stock extra goodness. Use it to season your stuffing or as a base for a hearty stew with your leftover turkey.
- Check your pantry to make sure you have all the things you need: herbs, spices, flour, sugar, butter, oils, etc.
- Cut your veggies ahead of time and store them in a container of cold water in your fridge so you have less prep to do before the cooking process. This works best with veggies like carrots, celery or parsnips.
- Make your cranberry sauce ahead of time: buy those berries frozen or fresh and make them into a sauce a couple days before so you have less to do on Thanksgiving day!
- Clean out your fridge a few days before Thanksgiving. Make room for all the contributions your guests will have brought for dinner. This also makes post-dinner clean up a lot easier when you don’t have to play Tetris to fit everything in.
- Need a centrepiece? With apples in abundance around Thanksgiving, showcase beautiful, local Ontario apples or even some colourful squash! All the colours will set the mood with their autumn hues, plus, it makes for a great snack or dessert for people who want something healthy.