First focus on the star of the show, the turkey. Do you plan to roast, fry or smoke it? For a perfectly cooked turkey that’s crispy on the outside and juicy inside, cooking appliances featuring a temperature probe produce perfect doneness every time by automatically turning off once your turkey reaches precisely the right interior temperature. Or, free up your oven space and use a smoker or a fryer instead.
Involve friends and family in planning and preparing; write down who is bringing what.
Stock up on foil casserole dishes so guests can take home leftovers and you can keep track of your dishes.
Make as much room in your refrigerator and freezer as possible — large capacity refrigerators with adjustable shelves are so helpful during the holidays. When do you need to start thawing the turkey? What’s the timing of all the other dishes? Calculate it now, and there’s no need to worry on Turkey Day.
Confirm when guests plan to arrive. Double check who needs refrigerator space, oven time or serving platters.
Dice, chop, and prep all of the ingredients for your recipes. Prepare all the soups, desserts and side dishes and store in airtight containers. If you’re brining your turkey, put the bird in the brine and keep chilled in the refrigerator.
Set the dining table, fill the salt and pepper shakers and create your centerpiece. Now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh flowers
Conversation starter cards can be a fun addition to your table. Just steer away from politics for a truly stress-free meal.
First things first, get that turkey started. Prepare gravy and any other items that couldn’t be pre-made. Microwave ovens with a convection cooking feature come in handy when your oven is overloaded. Warm already prepared side dishes and keep warm while you heat up other dishes—this is when a warming drawer really shines. Don’t forget to put ice and a pitcher of filtered water out. A refrigerator with a filtered water feature makes refills easy.
When someone asks if they can help with anything, be ready with an answer! From pouring drinks to answering the door or keeping an eye on the kids, put those guests to work.