Thanksgiving is a holiday loved by many people, and here at CBCI there is no exception. Hosting this holiday can be stressful for a variety of reasons, especially for the average home cook. Cooking for a large group and multitasking in the kitchen is a very difficult thing to accomplish. We would like to share 5 tips for hosting Thanksgiving to make your job a lot easier.
Make a detailed menu, grocery list, and schedule
The hardest thing for any cook is staying on task and not getting overwhelmed in the kitchen. Making a grocery list before you go shopping helps you to stay focused in the store; in addition you won’t forget anything. A menu ensures that you have everything for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but also reminds one of what needs to be done. Of course, a schedule is the most helpful so you know exactly what to do and when to do it. This ensures dinner is finished at a reasonable time for guests.
Don’t do it alone
Ask guests to pitch in to bring a cooked meal to add to your Thanksgiving meal. This can be a learning experience especially if they bring something not so traditional. Ask friends and family members to come over early and help with the cooking process You shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen alone all day. And of course the easiest option, if you don’t feel comfortable cooking something, buy it!
Embrace making things ahead
Don’t put the pressure of making everything in a few hours on yourself. Most Thanksgiving recipes can be made days in advance, and most likely they will taste better too. Desserts can be made ahead of time, most pies just need warming up on the day of and are ready to go.
Check your kitchen tools
Hosting Thanksgiving you will probably focus on food preparation, but you can’t leave out having the proper tools to serve food, store food, and give food for others to go. Having enough plates, bowls, cups, and silverware is also important.
Keep dietary restrictions in mind
You may not be sure if anyone has dietary restrictions so try to have at least a couple of options for everyone. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free are all areas that some guests may fall under. Planning ahead and including everyone is the best way to stay in the holiday spirit.
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