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You wash your turkey

You're stuffing the bird

You're baking your cookies wrong

You're making pie the old-fashioned way

You use your oven for everything

Or try something completely different

You're scrubbing scorched pans

You use aluminum foil for everything

You use foil in the oven

Wax paper, parchment and foil

You reheat bread in the oven

You're letting your mixer splash

Don't want your Thanksgiving to be a turkey? Here are 10 things you're doing wrong in the kitchen and how to make the day run much more smoothly.

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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 and skip the rinse.

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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 dressing.

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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 how to make them.

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Stop making pie in pans and start making them in mugs as a cool new family tradition. Taylor Martin has the details on making pie -- and other delicious delights -- in the microwave.  

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Instead of stuffing your oven full (which can inhibit heat circulation) or cooking things in shifts, utilize other appliances. For example, use your toaster oven set on bake for making dressing and your slow cooker for side dishes like green bean casserole.

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Try sous vide cooking with a machine like the Joule. The water bath and plastic cooking bag keep foods moist and the food's temperature consistent throughout the item while it cooks.

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Instead of scrubbing a singed pan, try this simple soaking technique and sit down to some football. 

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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.

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Foil doesn't belong in the bottom of your oven, either. It can melt and stick to it. Here are two other ways to protect your oven from splatters.

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Here are some more tips on when to use wax paper, parchment and foil.

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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.

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A splashing mixer creates more mess to clean up. Here's how to prevent splatters and make cleanup easier.

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