How to Create a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

 

49175589 - roasted turkey on table set for christmas with candles on dark background.

49175589 – roasted turkey on table set for christmas with candles on dark background.

Thanksgiving is a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends. If you recently purchased one of the new homes in Frisco TX, you have even more to be thankful about this year. But if you’re the one tasked with Thanksgiving Day meal preparation, the holiday can easily turn stressful instead of joyful. Here are a few lifehacks to make hosting dinner in your new home a breeze.

Secrets to Serving Juicy Turkey

Keep your turkey breast moist by weaving a lattice of bacon and laying it on top of the breast as the turkey roasts. If you happen to overcook the bird, pour some warm chicken broth on top of the slices to add flavor and warmth. Since white meat tends to cook faster than dark, ice down the turkey breast before putting it in the oven. Bring your bird to room temperature before roasting, but leave the breasts covered with ice packs during that time.

Your turkey is done when it reaches 170 degrees. To ensure overcooking, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey’s thing (making sure you don’t hit bone). Once the thermometer reaches 160, take the bird out of the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes. The turkey will keep cooking long enough so it’s done without drying out the breast.

Time-Saving Turkey Roasting Hacks

Free up space in your oven and save time on Thanksgiving by slow roasting your turkey overnight. Roast the bird for an hour at 450 degrees to kill off any bacteria, and then turn the temperature down to 170 degrees. You’ll wake up to a tender, cooked bird in the morning. Read the full tutorial at The Splendid Tale.

Forget to thaw the bird? Salvage your meal by roasting it immediately. Just know that it will take 50 percent longer than if the bird was completely thawed. You can still baste, butter and salt the turkey as you go along.

Don’t have a roasting rack for your turkey? No worries. Just line the bottom of the pan with a layer of quartered carrots, celery and onion to elevate the turkey. As a bonus, your drippings will have extra flavor when you get ready to make gravy.

Peeling Tips

If you have a lot of potatoes to wash and peel, you can save time by putting them in the dishwasher (without soap, naturally!) and let the machine do the cleaning for you! They’ll be easier to peel as well. Or boil the potatoes with the peel on and dunk in cold water afterwards. This method shocks the peels, so they are easier to remove.

Tired of struggling to peel garlic? Just stick a clove in the microwave for ten seconds (or longer if you’re using several cloves) and you can hand peel the casings easily.

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