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I love Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday centered around comfort food – potatoes, stuffing, turkey, squash, and pie – there really isn’t anything to dislike about the holiday itself. Still, it can be hard to host the Thanksgiving meal – the food prep, the messes, and all those dishes. Thankfully I can #DependOnMaytag and some tried and true tips to help me be the hostess with the mostess.
- Be Prepared
Do as much prep work the day before the gathering as you can. Get the whole family involved. A Maytag Four-Door Refrigerator with PowerCold, cools the food quickly no matter how many people are opening the fridge to see if anything new has magically appeared.
Things that can be done the day before:
- Baking Pies
- Cutting up the bread for stuffing
- Dicing celery and onions for stuffing
- Cooking the stuffing – when you don’t stuff the bird the stuffing comes out more moist and without any risk of salmonella – and the turkey cooks faster too
- Rolls can be baked (or bought at the store)
- Spices and herbs can be found in the cupboard and put on the counter to save time on the big day
- Not Everything has to be Homemade
Sure, it’s great to bake pies from scratch, but if you’re short on time or patience or just aren’t comfortable baking a pie, it’s okay to pick one out from the bakery. Pick two different types if you want to offer your guests a choice of dessert. If you want to pick up readymade cranberry sauce, instead of making your own, go for it. Gravy from a package made with turkey drippings? Still tasty! You can also ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert to cut down on your workload.
- Schedule Your Day
This has to be my number one tip. Start with what time you want dinner on the table and work backwards, (don’t forget to leave time for the meat to rest) write down all the things that need to happen and how long they take, so you can create a schedule for the big day. That way nothing will be missed and you’ll know when you need to start each step. Don’t forget that if you’re thawing a frozen turkey in the refrigerator (which is one of the recommended methods of thawing turkey) you need to allow 5 hours for every pound. If you’re using a cold-water bath, it’s 1 hour per pound and you need to change the water every 45 minutes to an hour. A Front Control Range with Power Preheat lets you enjoy your special meals together even faster than traditional ranges.
- Close the Bedroom Doors
If you’re having people over to your house, the natural instinct is to try and get the house completely spotless. If you have kids though, that’s easier said than done. Kids’ bedrooms can be a cleaning battleground and nobody needs that on Thanksgiving! To save time and stress (for everyone), instead of fighting over cleaning bedrooms, get the kids to help clean the common areas and tell them to keep their bedroom doors shut so nobody sees the mess.
- Get Stains Out Without a Fuss
When you’re cooking a big meal, it’s pretty much guaranteed that something is going to get stained. Whether it’s a dish towel, a tablecloth, or a favourite shirt, stains happen. Never rub a stain – rinse them from behind so you don’t work the stain even more into the fibers of the stained item. Pretreat with the stain remover of your choice and toss it in Extra-Large Capacity Top Load Large Washer with the PowerWash System. With 7.1 cubic feet of washing capacity, even the fluffiest duvet fits inside, and the power wash system helps remove tough stains without any scrubbing. Now that’s a time saver! I love my Extra-Large Capacity Dryer too -. it has a PowerDry cycle, which runs hotter and works harder with optimized heat and airflow to power out moisture and dry tough loads faster. Which if you’ve seen my kids help with the dishes, might just get the towels dry.
- Don’t Sweat the Dishes
When we have a full house for Thanksgiving dinner, that adds up to a lot of dishes fast. Thankfully a Top Control Dishwasher with PowerBlast Cycle is up to the job! The high-pressure spray jets remove tough stuck on food the first time. For all the stuff that doesn’t fit in the dishwasher, I divide and conquer by volunteering the kids to do the dishes. I do some dishes as I cook so that the pile doesn’t get to be too high and to reclaim some of the kitchen counter space.
Hosting Thanksgiving can be a lot of work, but having your whole family together sharing a meal is worth the effort. Plus, they who host get to keep the leftovers.