When people think of Thanksgiving feasts, most people go toward a house full of guests, 20 different side dishes, a day full of cooking, but it doesn’t have to be as stressful as people make it out to be.
Lets start with the delicious turkey. Thaw it out. As Nike says, “Just do it.” Don’t delay the turkey thawing process. Put in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Some people even try thawing it in the microwave, please don’t do this, it’s dangerous. It will take a few days to thaw the turkey because it is a giant turkey, but it’s the best way to do it. It’s the best answer because if food is at room temperature longer than even two hours, harmful bacteria can start to grow. That’s not something that you want on the centerpiece of the meal.
Don’t change tradition. If there are traditional dishes within the Thanksgiving feast, don’t try and go above and beyond with new dishes because the original ones are what people look forward to and want. If there are new dishes you would like to try, go for it, but don’t ditch the expected dishes. This is a stress reliever more than people can imagine.
Bring a dish. If there are multiple people who come to the house for Thanksgiving, tell people to bring a dish of their own. This way, the host can create the expected foods and the guests can bring additional side dishes for people to enjoy. This creates more dishes with less the stress.
Prepare. A lot of people don’t think about what to do until the day before or the day of. This can take a lot of time away from the cooking. Try the Sunday before to plan ahead. Make sure you have all the food needed, the dishes that will be made, how many people are coming etc. Preparing is one of the best things to do when it comes to Thanksgiving. This will give you less stress when it comes to the day and more enjoyment when it comes to family time.
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