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.
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.
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.
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.
Though aluminum foil has at least 21 nifty uses, it shouldn't be your only go-to. For example, foil sticks to just about every kind of food, so you're better off lining your pans with parchment paper.
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.