Are you cooking Thanksgiving for the first time and want it to be perfect? Here is a Thanksgiving Turkey Timeline to help you stay organized and focused as the holiday approaches. By following these tips you will be sure to avoid some of the anxiety of hosting a big holiday event like Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Turkey Timeline:
5 Days Prior: Clean the House. Get rid of the dust bunnies. This could be a group effort, hire some help or do it yourself.
4 Days Prior: Put the turkey on a tray in the fridge to thaw. A 12-14 lb bird takes 3-4 days to thaw. (Plan 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of frozen turkey). This is a REALLY important step!
3 Days Prior: Bake pies or tarts. Chop vegetables for stuffing or side dishes. Cover and refrigerate.
2 Days Prior: Wash China and Crystal (if using). If not be sure that you purchase paper goods and plastic wear.
1 Day Prior: Set Table and Arrange Centerpieces. Places plates and glasses upside down to prevent dust from settling.
- Remove giblets from neck and body cavity of turkey. Prepare turkey according to directions. A 12-14 lb turkey takes at least 3 hours to roast.
- Peel and cut potatoes. Place in Dutch Oven and cover with cold water. Set aside until ready to cook. Bake side dishes.
- Make salad.
- Flip a coin to see who will carve the turkey 🙂
- Gather the family. Eat. Smile. Sigh.
Be sure to check out How-To Roast Turkey - Roasting Hints & Tips. I have included some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. They are perfect for Thanksgiving and the day after. Hope you can enjoy some of them!
I like to prepare a craft table for the kids in another room to keep them entertained and out of your way as it gets hectic. Here are some crafts they may enjoy:
Perfect for Leftovers: