Thanksgiving can be a really stressful time for some people. The idea of putting together a great feast for family and friends to enjoy can be quite overwhelming. There are plenty of things that you can do in order to reduce the pressure of the big day so that when that 4th Thursday in November finally arrives, you can enjoy the day with everyone else.
Here are a few handy tips to help you survive on big day.
The best way to ensure that you have everything that you need is to make list and shop early for these items. You will find that most of the ingredients you will use can be stored so you do not have to buy them at the last minute. Your shopping list should not only include food but also all the other things that you know you will need. This is the time of year when there are more people in your home so if you need to get extra cutlery and crockery for extras guests then add this to your list. Containers and cooking trays are also very important as well as serving platters. Buy these early and you will not get that panicky feeling that you have forgotten something. As you make your purchases, you can tick them off your list one by one and this will help to keep you calm and relaxed as you can see that everything is under control.
Prepare Foods In Advance
When you watch a lot of the old movies and television shows of the 1950’s images that are displayed show the housewife happily working away in the kitchen with everything under control and being able to create a fantastic array of food for the Thanksgiving meal. In reality, there is a lot of rushing around in the kitchen, with pots and pans bubbling over on the stove, smoke curling out of the oven and children running underfoot, looking for snacks to eat because they are starving.
One way to stop you from getting frazzled is to try and get as much preparation done as early as possible. Vegetables can be washed and cut up and placed in the fridge, desserts can be made a couple of days earlier and left in larder until needed.
There is absolutely no need to cook every part of the meal from scratch. You can now get some great food items that are either completely ready to eat or part cooked so that you only need to reheat. Check out which things you can add to your shopping list that will cut down on cooking time. There is no need, for example, to make the cranberry sauce from the beginning because you can purchase good quality canned goods. You can also purchase lots of fruit and vegetables from the supermarket frozen section. This will definitely reduce preparation time when you can simply pour the contents into pots on the stove or place in the microwave.
Get Your Guests to Bring a Dish
Another way to reduce the amount of pressure that this holiday could bring is to ask your guests to provide a dish for the meal. If you are really organised, you can create a list of all the foods that you want to have on your table and divide up the responsibility amongst your family and friends. By planning correctly you could end up being left with just the turkey to cook. This would be a great result and a wonderful way to share the load.
These simple tips could help you to keep calm and relaxed this Thanksgiving so that you can enjoy the day stress free.