Surviving Thanksgiving is no easy feat. There's a lot to juggle -- side dishes, keeping the family occupied and figuring out when to cook everything when you only have one oven. Relax, we're here to help. We show you 10 things you're doing wrong in the kitchen and how to make the day run much more smoothly.
Originally published in the dim and distant past.
You wash your turkey
My mom always taught me to wash my turkey before I prep it for roasting. I bet you do, too. According to the USDA, all washing does is spread bacteria, possibly contaminating other foods in your kitchen. This Thanksgiving, save some time, skip the rinse and keep your cooking area sanitary.
You're stuffing the bird
Yes, it's a tradition, but stuffing your bird can make it cook more slowly and less evenly. If you just have to have the yummy flavor, use the juices from the turkey pan to make your gravy or moisten up your stuffing.
You're baking your cookies wrong
If you bake your cookies on a cookie sheet, you're missing out. Cooking them in a muffin tin can make chewier, yummier cookies. Here's how to make them.
Instead of stuffing your oven full (which can inhibit heat circulation) or cooking things in shifts, make use of other appliances. For example, use your toaster oven set on bake for making stuffing (or dressing, if you prefer) and your slow cooker for side dishes like green bean casserole.
Or try something completely different
Try sous vide cooking with a machine like the Anova. The water bath and plastic cooking bag keep foods moist and the food's temperature consistent throughout the item while it cooks.
Reheating bread in the oven is your ticket to Dried-Out City. Instead, pop your bread in the microwave for 30 seconds. If it's already on the stale side, put a mug of water in the microwave with the bread. Mmm... warm and moist.