Scared of Thanksgiving? Relax With These 13 Tricks

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7. Invent Your Own Cooking Rack

Using veggies as a rack.Cooking Channel 

We cannot even begin to imagine the moment of panic when you realize you don’t have a cooking rack to elevate your turkey on in the oven. Pause, take a deep breath, and prepare to make your own cooking rack…out of veggies.Spread chopped onions, celery, and carrots across the bottom of your baking dish, using the vegetables to prop your turkey up. This won’t just make sure your entire turkey gets evenly cooked, but the addition of the vegetables will infuse the meat with amazing flavor.

8. Upgrade Your Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce EditedYahoo News

Some people, like me, love cranberry sauce. But far more people hate cranberry sauce with a passion. If you’re getting anxious trying to think of a way to serve this traditional side that people will actually like, you need to try these three recipes. They take your cranberries to the next level by turning them into a cran-orange sauce, a warm loaf of cranberry bread and cute cut-outs.

9. Perfect the Pie Lattice

How to make a perfect pie lattice.Better Recipes

Does your pie lattice tend to come a little weird looking every year? Well, don’t give up! You can perfect that pie topping just by using a cooling rack to use as a template. It’s that easy to get an Insta-worthy pie.

10. Learn How to Brine


One of the biggest Turkey Day disasters is overcooking your meat, resulting in dry turkey. It’s called TURKEY DAY, after all, which means the turkey has to be on point.The best way to ensure that you’ll have moist, flavorful turkey is to brine the meat before you put it into the oven. As complicated as that SOUNDS, it’s actually really easy to brine your turkey in a snap! Check out this Williams-Sonoma tutorial to see how it’s done and prepare for the best turkey of your life.

11. Peel Garlic Quickly

GarlicBy Donovan Govan, via Wikimedia Commons

Then there are the small things that take up your time on Thanksgiving day, like peeling your garlic. Nix this time-consuming chore (and keep your fingers from reeking of garlic) with these three easy techniques: try microwaving your garlic, crushing your garlic, or using a professionally garlic peeler to keep things moving quickly.

12. Grate Butter into Biscuits

Grate butter into mashed potatoesBabble

Speaking of time consuming things, who has time to try and cut cold butter for their biscuits or mashed potatoes? The answer is absolutely no one.To really save time on this minuscule but painful chore, use a cheese grater to grate butter into your food. This will not only go faster for you, but it will help your butter melt into the potatoes or biscuit mix much faster, too.

13. Wash Potatoes in the Dishwasher

Hacks to make Thanksgiving less stressful.The Krazy Coupon Lady

As weird as it seems, your dishwasher isn’t just for getting your cutlery clean. You can doing a mass cleaning of your potatoes, too! Place your unwashed potatoes in the top rack of your dishwasher and put it on a rinse-only cycle. All you’ll have to do is pat them dry once they’re finished.Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to keep your Thanksgiving running smoothly? Share them in the comments section below!

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