6 Thanksgiving Meal Tips Shoppers Need to Know

November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year—especially when it comes to food shopping! Even shoppers who aren’t regular home chefs want to get in on the action. Sales Advisors are in the perfect position to help shoppers prepare the best Thanksgiving dinner yet. Here are the top six tips shoppers need to know:

    1. Make sure you buy the right size turkey.
      No one wants to run out of turkey on Thanksgiving—or be eating it until New Year’s. A good rule of thumb is to plan for one pound per person—plus a bit more if you want leftovers.
    2. Thaw ahead of time.
      Thanksgiving Day isn’t the time to start thawing your frozen turkey. If you plan to thaw it in the refrigerator, you’ll want to start well ahead—typically allowing 24 hours for every four pounds of turkey. If you’re short on time, go for a cold water bath and plan for about 30 minutes per pound.
    3. Make what you can before the big day!
      Rather than pulling out the geometry books to figure out how to fit everything in the oven all at once, do what you can ahead of time. For example, cranberry sauce can be made a week ahead of time, casseroles prepped one to two days before, and pies and rolls baked the night before.
    4. Don’t be afraid to use shortcuts.
      Another great way to cut down on prep time and the need for oven space is to take advantage of fresh prepared foods available at the store. Think precut vegetables, heat-and-eat sides from the deli and fresh pies and rolls from the bakery.
    5. Put your personal twist on classic dishes.
      Don’t be afraid to get creative with your Thanksgiving cooking. Try a spicy rub on your turkey, or replace marshmallows in the sweet potatoes with a light maple glaze. Who knows, you might just create a new tradition!
    6. Take leftovers to the next level.
      Leftovers can be one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. But it doesn’t just have to be cold turkey sandwiches. Try working leftovers into whole new creations—like mashed potatoes turned into potato pancakes, turkey and gravy reinvented as turkey tetrazzini, and extra rolls transformed into a delicious bread pudding.