Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! With all of the hustle and bustle, it is easy to overlook the minor details. These quick and easy Thanksgiving hacks will help your holiday go by as smoothly as possible. We know the challenges of working and hosting a dinner for the holidays, so we compiled a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving tips and tricks!
“5 Thanksgiving Hacks That Every Busy Nurse Needs to Know”
1.) Divide and Conquer
Around the holidays, grocery stores are the last place that you want to be. The lines are always long, the parking lot is crowded, and they almost never have what you are looking for. Plus, if you are like most people, you are almost always going to forget one of the most important items on your list. For these reasons, we recommend that you divide and conquer your grocery trip.
Split your shopping into two trips. Starting a week or two before Thanksgiving, purchase all of your canned, boxed, and frozen items. Anything that is non-perishable can be purchased in advance and stowed away for the big day. Getting these goods in advance can help you narrow down your shopping list for the week of. This way, you won’t overlook some of the perishable essentials. Also, if you have freezer room, purchase your turkey frozen in advance! This way, you only have to thaw it out the week of Thanksgiving.
Take your second trip the week of Thanksgiving. Here, you can purchase your perishable goods: vegetables, pies, and any dairy products you may need. This way you are buying fresh!
2.) Utilize a Slow Cooker
With a turkey in the oven, and all of your side dishes taking up your stovetop, you may find that you have run out of space for cooking. In these situations, we recommend that you think ahead. Make your mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. This frees up some space, and you can “set it and forget it!” Try this recipe for slow cooker mashed potatoes.
3.) Prepare for Additional Guests
While you may only be expecting immediate family, you never know who may pop in during your Thanksgiving dinner. Family you may not have seen in a while, friends, and significant others may all stop by at the last minute. For this reason, we recommend that you prepare a little extra food, just in case you have a surprise visitor or two. If no one chooses to come by, then you will have plenty of extra leftovers!
4.) Prepare Your Thanksgiving Foods in Advance
Many of your side dishes can be made the day before, and then heated up right before dinner time. Start all of your prep work a day or two in advance, and then throw everything in the oven right before you are about to eat! This prep work can be a lifesaver come Thanksgiving Day. This even works for desserts too! Click here for some of our favorite make-ahead recipes.
5.) Set the Table the Night Before
If you know where you will be eating your Thanksgiving meal, put the plates, cups, napkins, and utensils out the night before. If you have the space, you can even fully set your table in advance so that everything will be ready to go by the time dinner is ready. While setting the table is not a huge inconvenience, any advanced prep work will cut down on your stress the day of!
Some of these hacks may seem simple, but it is important to remember them come Thanksgiving Day. These tips and tricks will help you to make the most of your Thanksgiving meal, and spend as much time with your friends and family as possible. On behalf of everyone here at Northeast Med Staff, we hope that you and your loved ones have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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