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10 Thanksgiving Hacks for a Stress Free Day

10 thanksgiving hack for a stress free day

So, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there’s tons to do. Getting Thanksgiving dinner together can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 Thanksgiving Hacks for a Stress Free Day.

So, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Between work, cooking and trying to organize an event to makes your family happy and full isn’t always easy. But there are ways to make Thanksgiving Day less stressful.

10 Thanksgiving Hacks for Stress Free Day


1. Keep it Simple and Stick to It

It’s easy to want to make Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings. That type of dinner also takes a lot of time and energy. Time and energy you might want to spend with your family a friends. So pick a nice simple menu and stick to it.

If you need a way to organize your menu, cooking schedule and shopping you should try my Thanksgiving Party Box.

2. Use Your Pot

Yes, your pot. Any pot and every pot. Your cast iron pot, Instant Pot, Power Cooker, Slow Cooker, Dutch Oven, deep fryer etc. These pots are your friends. You can make mashed potatoes in your pressure cooker and mac n cheese on your stovetop.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Make dessert stovetop in a pot. Instead of apple pie or apple pie cupcakes make apple crepes for dessert. If you are really bold you can even cook your turkey stovetop. Are you surprised? Go ahead and give it a try

3. Buy Prepared Items

Those pre chopped onions can be an eye, I mean life saver.  If you are short on time (or skills) don’t shy away from prepared items. It’s a super time saver. Steam bags of veggies are your friend.

There are tons of ways to jazz up prepared food items. Whether adding milk instead of water to your cake mix or sour cream to pre-made mashed potatoes. These short cuts will make Thanksgiving much easier and save you tons of time.

4. Make Stuffing Ahead of Time

Make the stuffing ahead of time. Actually, there are a lot of dishes you can make ahead of time. From soup to stuffing and cranberry sauce there are so many Thanksgiving recipes you can make ahead of time so that Thanksgiving day runs a bit more smoothly and you get to enjoy the time with your fmaily.

Want a nice twist on your stuffing try my skillet jalapeño cheddar cornbread.

5. It’s Butter Baby

Actually, it’s about the brine and the butter. If you want a moist, juicy turkey you should brine you turkey. Sitting your turkey in a salt-water solution makes it moist before it ever goes into a oven. Smart right!?! Then rub butter underneath the the skin of your turkey (I like to season my butter with and fresh herbs). Think of it like using the butter to lock in moisture. Like lotion does for your skin.

6. Veggies are your friend

I’m going to be honest with you. I have lots of roasting racks but not one for our turkey. But if you want a nice brown on your turkey you should elevate it. You can make an aluminum foil bed or you can roast it on top of veggies. I like roasting on top of veggies because it’s like a one pot wonder. When it’s done you have your main dish and your sides. Or even extra sides. YAY!!

7. Roast Your Turkey b4 Turkey Day

Winner, winner turkey dinner. One way to make Thanksgiving day a little less stressful is to not cook the turkey on Thanksgiving day. So chefs have even suggested cooking it overnight. Here’s a recipe for overnight turkey.

moist turkey breast

8. Pre-Made Breakfast

Thanksgiving morning can be hectic. Whether you’re trying to make an elaborate breakfast or just trying to get enough nourishment to start the day. Making breakfast ahead of time is a great idea. Pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, crepes or quiche  all can be made ahead of time. If breakfast is already done you can focus on getting Thanksgiving Dinner done.

9. All Hands on Deck

When someone asks how can they help… tell them.

And if people ask if they can bring something … tell them yes. Now, I’m not saying have someone else make the turkey (unless they really want to) but maybe someone else can make mashed potatoes, or lasagna or buy a bag of salad. The idea is it’s one less thing you have to do.

10. It’s All Gravy

So…. last but not least, the gravy. I used to add flour to pan dripping to make gravy but not anymore. Now, I make a cornstarch gravy. Mix cornstarch and cold water in separate bowl and whisk until it’s lump free. Then add your pan dripping and salt and pepper to taste.

Hope this tips help your Thanksgiving dinner so swimmingly so you can enjoy this time with your friends and family.

If these tips have helped, I’d love to know. Leave me a comment or take a picture and tag it #elskitchencmfrt on Twitter or @els.kitchencomforts on instagram. I’m excited to see what you cook up.



4 thoughts on “10 Thanksgiving Hacks for a Stress Free Day

  1. Great ideas! My top tip for cutting out stress is to stay out of the kitchen when people are cooking! If you need me, I’ll be hiding in the TV room eating chocolate 😉

    1. Happy to hear that. Of course, many of these tips are good for any type of get together. If I can help decrease the stress and people get together more I’m happy.

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