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It’s almost Thanksgiving, and if you’re not ready yet, don’t worry. This will help you organize and make the most of this special occasion. One of the most critical factors you can consider when it comes to hosting is getting as much done in advance. This will allow you to avoid last-minute tasks and keep the festivities running smoothly.

  1. Make Sure You Have The Tools You Need

Besides planning the menu, it’s also vital to ensure that you have all the kitchen tools and equipment to prepare the dinner. These include a roasting pan, a meat thermometer, and pie dishes. Before planning your Thanksgiving feast, take the time to inventory all the items you need.

  1. Start Thawing Your Turkey

If your turkey is still frozen, you must start thinking about thawing it. A fully-frozen bird needs to be thawed for one hour for every four pounds in weight. If you brine it, it should be defrosted the day before.

  1. Figure Out How To Cook It Without A Roasting Pan

A roasting pan is typically expensive, primarily if it only gets used several times a year. If you don’t have one, try some different ways to prepare your bird without a roasting pan.

  1. Make Your Gravy and Freeze It

An important factor when preparing the Thanksgiving feast is making sure that you have plenty of gravy. Although you can never have too much of this, you can add some of the turkey drippings at the last minute to enhance the flavor.

  1. Create Your Cranberry Sauce

Although it’s essential to have a good and balanced Thanksgiving feast, my family tends to forget the importance of making the proper cranberry sauce. This is why it’s important to make this sauce now, as it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  1. Make Your Mashed Potatoes and Freeze

Although potatoes don’t seem to have a good record when it comes to freezing, mashed potatoes are an exception. They’re also effortless to prepare and can also be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

  1. Make Your Dinner Rolls and Freeze 

This easy recipe for dinner rolls is also great for making ahead and freezing until the holiday. It’s perfect for serving alongside your meal or for saving the bread for a small sandwich.

  1. Make The Pie Crust or Make The Whole Pie

If you’re planning on having a Thanksgiving feast that includes a variety of fruits and nuts, make the crust for your pie this weekend. This will allow you to get a jump on the preparation of your pie. You can freeze the entire pie and bake it right before Thanksgiving.

  1. Make Your Schedule

Having a schedule that clearly shows what will happen throughout the day is also helpful, especially when preparing dishes that require baking. It will keep you on time and make sure everyone is fed and happy.