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Tips for an Easy Thanksgiving

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Ahead of celebrating Thanksgiving with the family, we wanted to help ease the stress of preparation with some helpful turkey day tips. In this article you will find turkey preparation tips, a mouth-watering turkey recipe, and money saving tips.

Do you have your turkey already but need simple steps to get it together in time for the big dinner? Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

Thawing Your Turkey

If you have your bird and it’s begun to thaw (which could take up to a week depending on the size of the turkey), you’ve got a nice head start the preparation. However, if you haven’t started the thawing process, don’t worry. Here’s some easy steps to begin thawing:

  • Let the turkey thaw in the refrigerator. Keeping it in the original packaging on a cookie sheet, allow the turkey to sit one day for every 4 pounds.
  • If your short on time you can thaw your turkey in the kitchen sink, submerging it in cold water. The water must be cycled every half hour to remain cold throughout the thawing process, but this will reduce thaw time to 30 minutes per pound.

Brining Your Turkey

To keep your turkey moist, it is important to use the brining method. If you’ve never brined a turkey, here are some helpful tips for brining success:

  • Collect all the needed ingredients for brining, sugar and salt mixed with water.
  • Remove the bird from the packaging and add it to the brine solution in a clean cooler. Make sure your cooler is clean before and after use to avoid the spreading of germs.
  • Bathe your turkey for roughly eight to 12 hours.
  • If done correctly, brining keeps your turkey moist and will give it a golden shine.

Roasting Your Turkey

There are many different ways to roast your turkey. One preferential method is the roasting oven. The roasting oven sits on your countertop and simplifies the cooking process. This method is great if you are short on time. It also frees up the oven for cooking side dishes that need to fit in with your cooking time. Here are some easy turkey roasting tips:

  • Place the turkey breast-side up in the roasting pan.
  • Cooking time will depend on the size of your turkey and whether the bird is stuffed.
  • Check for doneness about one hour before your turkey is supposed to be done.
  • Your turkey is done when your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees at the thigh, and about 170 degrees in the breast.
  • When finished cover the turkey with a loose sheet of tin foil and let it rest for up to 20 minutes. This helps to keep the juices in, preserving the moistness of the meat.
  • While the bird rests, now would be a perfect time to finish any last minute preparations, including your gravy.

Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze Recipe

We found a mouth-watering Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Day recipe that sounded so good, we just had to share it. The recipe uses brown sugar and mustard to create a delicious layer of spice around the turkey. Click the link below for this recipe and other great ideas from MarthaStewart.com!

Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze »

Side Dish Tips To Save Time and Money

There’s nothing like mashed potatoes and dressing to go along with your perfectly prepared Thanksgiving Turkey. So if you’ve thought too much about the bird this year and not enough about the side dishes, here are some great ways to save time and money but still serve up a delicious meal:

  • Buy your pie crust instead of making it from scratch
  • If you’re really low on time, go to your local shop and purchase a prebaked pie.
  • Ask your guests to bring some side dishes or desserts. This will help save time and family will, more than likely, be glad to contribute.
  • Use your stuffing as a side dish. Dressing is always filling and delicious. If you chose to make a whole turkey, you’ll get along just fine with dressing on the side.
  • Serve lots of veggie side dishes. Roast potatoes instead of taking the time to mash them, and Sautee green beans with garlic instead of making a green bean casserole.
  • Serve simple appetizers like a selection of cheeses, olives and veggies.
  • Finally, Don’t forget to purchase some plastic containers for your family and friends to take home any leftovers!

We hope these tips and ideas help you create a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy your holiday feast and we wish you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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