Thanksgiving Day is notorious for being one of those stressful holidays.
Thankfully, the Huffington Post has provided us with 13 Cooking Hacks that will make your Thanksgiving a little easier.
2.) Store mashed potatoes in a slow-cooker. Not only will this free up your stove-top burner, but it will also keep your mashed potatoes warm and ready to enjoy.
3.) Let your dishwasher wash the potatoes for you — and peel them when they come out clean. OR, boil them with the skin on and give them a dunk in cold water once cooked. This will shock the skins loose and make peeling a breeze.
4.) You can slow-cook your turkey overnight. Wait, what? Pop the bird in the oven the evening before and wake up to a nearly completed Thanksgiving feast. Here’s the recipe.
5.) Save your dried out turkey with chicken broth. It happens, people! Pour a little warm chicken broth on top of the slices to add flavor and warmth.
6.) Make your pie dough in advance, and then freeze it! It’s one less thing you have to do around the big day. Or, you could just buy one already made. We won’t tell.
7.) Use dried beans or rice in place of pie weights and fashion yourself a pie shield out of aluminum foil.
8.) Prepare your gravy ahead of time! That way you don’t have to stress about the gravy when all you and everyone else wants to do is sit down and eat.
9.) Store your gravy in thermos. Genius!
10.) You can chop your veggies and freeze them, days before the big day!
11.) Chop garlic in 10-seconds. Seriously! Here’s the video.
12.) Bring out your cooler. It works as a second fridge. Everything that doesn’t fit in the refrigerator – which is a lot on Thanksgiving – goes in the cooler. It’s so simple, yet so genius.
13.) Print out your recipes and tape them to your cabinets. It’ll free up the much-needed counter space that cookbooks or computers take up. Clever!
These 13 simple steps could turn your stressful Thanksgiving Day into an enjoyable experience. Too bad we don’t have a Black Friday survival guide.