This Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate what we all can bring to the table. Whether you’re picturing a simple and intimate dinner, or a banquet worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting, planning ahead is the best way to guarantee an enjoyable meal. To help you seize the season, here are some last minute hints that will ensure your Thanksgiving is perfect.
Preparing ingredients and dishes a few days in advance will promise your potatoes are mashed on time — a roomy, dependable refrigerator is the most important part of this process.
Three days before your meal, clean out your fridge. Trash any forgotten leftovers and unused, obscure condiments. After your purge, you can get your fridge organized for the impending groceries and leftovers. The best refrigerators will make organization a breeze, with LED lighting and glass shelves that let you easily see and find ingredients.
Two days before Thanksgiving, chop all your hearty vegetables, tear-inducing onions, and garlic cloves, and store them in plastic bags in your fridge. This will save precious counter space come the big day. Meanwhile, if you’re baking a pie, you can prepare the crust in advance, roll it out into your pan and freeze. You can really maximize this time by making cranberry sauce; don’t worry, the flavors will fully come together in the fridge!
On Thanksgiving Eve, prepare your sides, keep them in the fridge overnight, and pop them in the oven the next day. Similarly, bake your pumpkin pie so it can cool in time for desert. And to achieve a crispier turkey skin, leave your bird unwrapped in the fridge overnight.
Avoid an overcrowded oven by planning for cold side dishes or utilizing a warming drawer, or even an outdoor grill, to keep foods hot and ready to serve. A warming drawer really helps conserve precious oven space.
Embrace the Spirit
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. As a host, you can welcome your guests to the festivities by filling your home with fragrance. An induction cook top range can boil water with the best scents of the season — cinnamon sticks, star anise, and whole cloves — in less than two minutes, for a perfume that fills your whole home.
Likewise, a wine cooler is the perfect accessory to offer up great tasting varietals
at the perfect temperature. Pair a robust red or white like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay with rich, full sides and stuffing. Or provide your guests with a spread of flavored liqueurs and spirits, and let them craft their own cocktails.
Last Minute Tricks
Even when things go awry, there is still hope for a flawless feast! In fact, the right convection microwave can cook in less than two hours a turkey that is both perfectly moist and crispy brown, if you’re really pressed for time.
Time crunches also allow you to get creative: Consider making two small turkeys, as opposed to one giant turkey. It’s less cumbersome, and if you prefer white meat to dark, stick with one turkey for your centerpiece and prepare extra turkey breast to round out your platter.
Make the most of your time with loved ones by minimizing scrubbing dirty plates. While in the throngs of cooking, clean as you go. Fill up your dishwasher and enlist an extra pair of hands to unload. Most efficient dishwashers clean in just 30 minutes so you always have a place to put a stray dish.
If you’re having a large party, prepare a bucket with warm soapy water to soak dirty dishes. You can prevent cluttering the sink, spend more time watching the game, and avoid crusty, tough-to-clean plates. You can stay on top of trash by triple lining your bin, or invest in a trash compacter — some compress trash in under one minute!
Wherever your Thanksgiving takes you, H&H Appliance offers Electrolux appliances that will transform any cooking area into a gourmet kitchen. We can help you not only create a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, but ensure all your meals will be equally as memorable.
Visit us to explore our selection with an expert staff member ready to assist you in finding the perfect Electrolux kitchen appliance for this Thanksgiving — and many more Thanksgivings to come.