12 Last-Minute Tips to Simplify Thanksgiving Prep

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives family and friends a chance to spend time together, enjoy a meal, and relax. But if you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, you know that the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic. Whether you’re feeding four or forty, last-minute preparations can be overwhelming and interfere with your enjoyment of the holiday.

At Reno’s Appliance, we want you to enjoy Thanksgiving as much as your guests. So we’re sharing our 12 favorite tips that can help you stay organized in the final days before the guests arrive.

Three Days Before

  1. Shop for your fresh ingredients like vegetables and fruit and store them properly so you know they’ll stay fresh.
  2. Take out any serving platters, silverware, and plates that you’ll be using out of storage and make sure they are clean. Keep them in a place that will be easily accessible on the day.
  3. Wash and iron your table linens. If you plan on using a formal dining table that won’t be needed beforehand, then lay the linens on the table. Better yet, set the entire table.
  4. Make a run to the liquor store to make sure your bar is well stocked and the wine is properly stored.

Two Days Before

  1. Start preparing your side dishes, which can be refrigerated and then easily transferred to your oven on Thanksgiving Day.
  2. Blanch any vegetables you’ll be serving by bringing them to a boil and then immediately placing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then refrigerate the vegetables in a tightly lidded container. This method will help reduce the time it takes to cook the vegetables on Thanksgiving Day. This method works particularly well with asparagus, string beans, and brussel sprouts.
  3. Prep your gravy ahead of time and freeze it. About an hour before dinner will be served, just place it in a pan over a low flame and bring to a slow boil.

One Day Before

  1. You’ll probably be taking lots of pictures, so make sure your phone, tablet, digital camera, digital recorder, or any other picture-taking device is fully charged and has plenty of storage space.    
  2. Finish any meal preparation you may have left. Even doing simple tasks like cutting herbs, seasoning food, and slicing cheese will save time.
  3. Come up with a game plan for the actual cooking of the entire meal. Start with the time you want to eat and work backwards, knowing that it’s the turkey that will take the most time.

Thanksgiving Day

  1. Use a warming drawer to keep side dishes warm while the turkey finishes, so everything is served at the perfect temperature.
  2. Make sure your dishwasher is empty before the meal starts. That way, you can load it up as people finish their meal.

Bonus Tip

Here’s one extra tip: Consider upgrading your kitchen appliances. You know that your range, refrigerator, and dishwasher will be working overtime on Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season. Visit Reno’s Appliance to see their large selection of kitchen appliances to including:

Be sure to get to Reno’s Appliance before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But if you can’t get those new appliances for Thanksgiving, then you can always put them on your holiday gift wish list.

All of us at Reno’s wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.