Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your perfect Thanksgiving feast! The idea of cooking can seem overwhelming, but with the right preparation and tips, your perfect Thanksgiving feast is just steps away! The Porch in Spring Lake Heights, NJ, knows how important Thanksgiving dinner is and we have some great tips for you when planning your perfect Thanksgiving meal!
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the biggest day for food consumption in the United States? When planning your meal, it’s important to pace yourself and start ahead of time so that you don’t get overwhelmed as the day gets closer. A week or two before Thanksgiving is when you should make your shopping list and hit the grocery store to get your supplies. Two days before the big day you should start prepping your turkey. You’ll want to put it in your refrigerator so it thaws before it’s time to cook it. You can make your cranberry sauce this day too. The day before Thanksgiving is time to make your mashed potatoes, stuffing and pies. You can also save yourself time on Thanksgiving Day by setting the table the day before. On Thanksgiving morning, you’ll have so much less to do!
You should preheat your oven to 350 to prepare the turkey and put your turkey in the oven based on how heavy it is. A 10-18lb turkey should be in the oven for 3.75-4.5 hours, 18-22lb for 4.5-5 hours, 22-24lb for 5-5.5 hours and 24-29lbs should be cooked for 5.5-6.25 hours. Once your turkey is cooking you’re set to enjoy yourself! Finish by filling your serving bowls and carve the beautiful turkey you’ve prepared!
When it comes to preparing your turkey, following these tips will make sure that your turkey is delicious!
- Start by removing the giblets and rinse your turkey inside and out.
- Next, use ½ to ¾ of a cup of stuffing per pound of turkey.
- Brush the skin of your turkey with butter or oil.
- Tie the drumsticks together with string.
- Put a meat thermometer in the turkey at the thickest part of the turkey’s thigh.
- Bake until the skin is a light golden color, and then cover the turkey with foil. For the last 45 minutes, remove the foil so the turkey can brown.
- You know your turkey is cooked when it is 165 degrees
- Let the turkey sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before carving it so it stays nice and moist.
The rest of your Thanksgiving menu is just as important in preparing the perfect Thanksgiving feast! Some popular side dishes include cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Don’t forget dessert! The best pies for Thanksgiving are apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and sweet potato pie. After cooking this delicious Thanksgiving feast you’re sure to have tons of leftovers! Leftovers make great meals for weeks to come. You’ll be able to make great pot pies, sandwiches and soups.
Cooking the perfect Thanksgiving feast is easier than you think! With the right preparation, you’ll impress your family with an amazing meal! The Porch knows how important your Thanksgiving dinner is and we want to make sure it’s great! By following these tips, we know you’ll have the best Thanksgiving ever. ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up with our entertainment and events, then take a well-deserved break after cooking your perfect Thanksgiving feast!