Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and being thankful for what we have, but often, it is spent stressing, rushing, and slaving over a hot stove. Between the planning, prepping, and actual cooking, we lose sight of what Thanksgiving is about. With these simple hacks, you will be set to have a fun and enjoyable Turkey Day spent with the ones you love.
Aluminum Foil as a Roasting Rack
Don’t have a roasting rack? Don’t go out and buy one, just use aluminum foil. The purpose of the roasting rack is to lift the bird off the pan so that the heat can circulate, cooking it evenly. Start by crumpling foil into thick ropes and wrapping them into coils at the bottom of the pan. If you want to be environmentally friendly, try using halved onions, carrots or celery.
Fat Separating Measuring Cup
The secret to delicious gravy is skimmed non greasy, pan drippings. Don’t worry about having a fat separator, just use a measuring cup in its place. Start by pouring your drippings into a large heatproof measuring cup and put it in the freezer. As the drippings cool, the fat will rise to the top and solidify, making it easier to skim off with a spoon.
Pennies as Pie Weight
Use pennies as a weight to prevent your pie crust from puffing during parbake. You can use anything with weight, such as beans, rice, or screws, just make sure you cover the crust with foil, so they are not in direct contact with the crust.
Use the Slow Cooker as a Mash Potato Holder
There is nothing worse than having cold, lumpy mash potatoes on Thanksgiving. To keep your mash potatoes warm and the stove free, put your mash potatoes in a butter lined slow cooker. Add a little heavy whipping cream and set the temperature to low, don’t forget to stir every hour to keep the potatoes smooth and creamy.
Ice Chest as a Fridge
In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, fridge space becomes scarce. Take all the food or condiments that you will not be using and place it in an ice chest. All space hogging dressing bottles and jars of pickles should be put in the chest, in the garage with ice packs. You could also use this ice chest as a way to brine your turkey overnight or as a warming draw. Line the chest with aluminum foil and place towels in the bottom, as hot dishes are cooked, put them in your makeshift warming draw.