26 Thanksgiving Hacks You Need to Know About

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While I love the holidays, and even hosting gatherings with friends and family, they can be a bit stressful.

Honestly, far too often I am pressed for time. I need things that make life as stress-free as possible.

If you’re hosting the holidays at your house this year, or if your’re preparing any of this dishes for the gathering, you want these 26 Thanksgiving hacks at your finger tips!

thanksgiving hacks that will make your holiday a breeze26 Thanksgiving Hacks

1. Clean up grimy bacon grease with the Bounty with Dawn Paper Towels. They are super convenient with soap built in! Crystal & Co. 

2. Place cooked bacon on paper towels to absorb the excess grease. We use Bounty for this! Crystal & Co. 

3. Make single servings and cooking and assembly easy by Cooking Your Stuffing In Muffin Tins. Plus it gets crispier! A Cozy Kitchen

4. Preserve your produce simply by wrapping them in damp paper towels to control moisture. We use Bounty paper towel for this! About

5. Use the slow cooker for your Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Potatoes this Thanksgiving and reduce the heat in your kitchen. Crystal & Co

6. Freeze your rolled out pie crusts for 20 minutes before so that they hold their shape and are easier to work with. Buzzfeed

7. Slow roast your turkey the night before with this easy recipe and free up your oven for other things the next day! Zabar’s

8. Crunched on time and cooking lots of potatoes this Thanksgiving? Give them a good scrub down in the dishwasher! Heavenly Homemakers

9. Did you know that you can ice down the breasts of your turkey before cooking to keep them from drying out? Sweet! Kendall-Jackson

10. Try this foil roasting rack trick for cooking up your best turkey this year. Saveur

11. If you want the best pie edges then check out these videos for using a variety of things to make the best crimping surface! YouTube

12. If you have at tone of recipes that require fresh chopped veggies then chop them the day or two before so you have more time for prepping! Buzzfeed

13. If you simply don’t have the space for everything on the table serve your Thanksgiving buffet style so that everyone has space. Diply

14. Freeze your pies and store them prior to baking. At that point everything is assembled and ready to be cooked! Martha Stewart

15. Check out your recipes ahead of time for necessary materials. This ensures you have everything on hand before your big food prep starts. Buzzfeed 

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16. Invest in a meat thermometer. Don;t play a guessing game know if the food is done easy peasy!

17. Whip up your turkey stock and gravy ahead of time and freeze it. Quickly thaw the day before! The Kitchn

18. Figure out your cooking order and post it in your kitchen to follow so you know exactly what to cook and when. Buzzfeed

19. Follow these steps for the best ways to thaw your turkey according to size. Buzzfeed

20. If you need to cut pastry dough or regular dough use a wine glass end for cutting perfect portions! Diply

21. If you hate peeling potatoes then just boil them with the skin and gently wipe away the skin afterwards. Diply

22. Steam your veggies in the dishwasher wrapped in foil! Organic Authority

23. If cooking turkey makes you nervous then use these steps for cooking a turkey in a bag to get the best results. Clever Housewife

24. Make your hard boiled eggs in the oven and don’t even mess with the boiling water on the stove. Buzzfeed

25. Create a meal plan for the week before so you aren’t worrying about what you will eat before the holiday arrives. Check out these 200 + easy meals! Crystal & Co.

26. Bake your turkey upside down to ensure it is super moist! 4 Hats and Frugal

Do you have a special trick for tackling Thanksgiving without a headache? Share your ideas!


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  1. LOVE these hacks! The peeling of potatoes is an awesome! I am going to use that one this time around. Freezing the crust GENUIS!!

  2. Awesome hacks! I really need to try making stuffing in muffin tins – it would be perfect for portion control. Just this year we decided to do Thanksgiving buffet-style because of the lack of space, and it worked perfectly!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those are great hacks. I host and I try to make as much ahead of time as possible.

  4. I’m going to have to keep these in mind! I won’t have a lot of kitchen space this year so anything to make cooking easier will help.

  5. These are great ideas! I am always cooking Thanksgiving dinners in our house, and love any idea that reduces heat in our kitchen!

  6. These are great hacks for any occasion but especially a big holiday! Great post!!

    1. You are so right…. many of these would work for any large holiday gathering!

  7. These are awesome hacks. I am going to print this. I will try slow roasting my turkey the night before.

  8. These are great hacks. I will have to try a few of these over the holidays. Green bean casserole sounds amazing.

  9. Love these hacks! Especially the peeling the potatoes one…:)

  10. Thank you for all these great tips. I didn’t even know you can steam your veggies in a dishwasher.

  11. I always cook my turkey the day before Thanksgiving and have it all carved up and ready to go. That way I just have to heat it up on Thanksgiving day. It’s way less stressful and still tastes yummy!

  12. I’ve never made my green bean casserole in the slow cooker… I have tried done the produce saving by wrapping in damp paper towel and the bacon clean up and grease absorbing with paper towel.

  13. I like the idea of making everything ahead of time and freezing it. Holiday entertaining is fun IF it’s not stressful from too much to do. All tips welcome. 🙂

  14. Making hard boiled eggs in the oven? That is new to me. Also liked the tip in ice on the turkey breast to keep them moist. I’ll have to try it.

  15. I already do a lot of these tips. My family taught us the rules of bacon and the second rule you learn about cooking bacon is to always put it on a paper towel to soak up the leftover grease. The first rule is not to get popped. lol After reading this post I’m counting the amount of times I reached for a paper towel last night while cooking.

  16. Excellent tips! We did mashed potatoes in the slow cooker one year and we were surprised at how well they turned out. And then we setup a second slow cooker for a green bean and bacon casserole, and it was the best as well.

  17. That is an impressive list of hacks! I couldn’t help but bookmark this. Thanks for sharing!

  18. These are awesome hacks. I can’t wait to use some of them! Love the Turkey slow roasting tip!

  19. I have 2 huge oversized bucket filled with our harvested garden potatoes that take forever to wash. I am going to try the dishwasher trick today! Thanks. Linda

  20. Thanks for sharing these awesome hacks for thanksgiving! Now everything will be more perfect and food will be tastier for the family.

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