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Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Game Plan

Blake Branen Rosencrantz - Saturday, November 17, 2012
If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, getting everything organized and done in time can be daunting. How early do you need to start preparing? What items can you make the day before? It can be hard to know where to start. Here some helpful tips to make this year’s Thanksgiving less stressful.


  • Pull out your recipes!  Make sure that you have all the ingredients listed.  If not, make a list and head to the store to get what you need. If you wait till Wednesday or Thursday, you may run into shortage problems.
  • Thaw the bird. Take the frozen turkey out of the freezer and start de thawing it in the fridge.  Unless you have an already thawed turkey.
  • Clean out your fridge!  Throw out the mystery leftovers.  Your going to need the room and your guest are going to be looking in there too, you don’t want to be embarrassed.
  • Spruce up. While your cleaning, vacuum your house, and mop your floors.  Dust


  • Prepare veggies. Chop up your vegetables for your stuffing and place them in reusable zip lock bags.
  • Potato prepping. Peel and cut your potatoes and place them in a sealable container and cover them with water so they don’t brown.
  • Don’t forget the cranberries. Make your cranberry sauce in its entirety.  Put the sauce in a container and place it in the fridge (this warms up really nice).
  • Time for pie. Make your piecrusts; have them ready to go before the big day.

 The Big Day

  • Take the turkey out. First thing in the morning, take the turkey out of the fridge and bring to room temperature.
  • Rolls. If you’re making homemade rolls, start making your bread-dough.
  • Finish making your pies. While the rolls are rising, finish the pies.
  • Start making your stuffing.  Stuffing can be made early in the day. Try this creative stuffing recipe.
  • Set and decorate your table. At this time get out the dishes that you want to put the food in.
  • Cook the bird. Get the turkey ready.  And start the cooking.  Your pies should be done. The turkey should be last to come out of the oven!
  • Now take a breath!!
  • Let things sit. Take out the cranberry sauces that way it can be room temperature and if you like it heated up warm it up when you make the gravy.
  • Move on. While the turkey cooks, work on making your other side dishes.
  • Once your turkey is done pop in the rolls.
  • Last step. Start making the gravy and warming up the cranberry if you like it warm.
  • Once the turkey is done, time to eat!
Do you have any caramelized onions in any of your recipes? Cook them like a pro this year with tips from Owyhee Produce. Are you looking for new ideas for Thanksgiving?  Check out the following recipes. - Grilled Turkey Sandwiches - Caramelized Onion Dip  - Asparagus Salad - Strawberry and Onion Salad  
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