15 Things You’re Probably Not Doing on Thanksgiving That a Chef Would
If you’re hosting this year, listen up! Here are the simple tricks that chefs use to make Thanksgiving dinner a whole lot easier.
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Sourcing extra refrigeration
One of the most important things that Antoine does for Thanksgiving is to acquire extra refrigeration. “The best option is to buy extra coolers and fill them with ice and ice packs,” he says. “In it, you can store any products that need to stay cold while saving space in the fridge.” These surprising Thanksgiving cooking hacks that use everyday objects can also make your life a lot easier.
Serving drinks in fancy glassware
Johnson likes to serve a signature cocktail or mocktail in a fun and festive glass or jar. “I always spend time to ensure I select a thoughtful selection of wine, spirits, and local craft beers to be poured and enjoyed in creative glassware,” he says. “I also offer a ‘healthy’ soft drink alternative for the kids.” It’s important to make your littlest guests feel included in a variety of ways. To keep boredom at bay, check out these 20 fun Thanksgiving crafts to keep kids busy.
Using parchment paper
“Parchment paper is a great tool to get those perfectly baked cookies off without leaving the best part of the cookies on the tray,” says Beattie. “Parchment paper means quicker cleanup, too.” Also, make sure to avoid these all-too-common baking mistakes.
Lifting the turkey with kitchen twine
Even if you’ve bought the perfect turkey, getting it out of the pan perfectly can be a challenge. That’s why Beattie uses kitchen twine to help him lift the turkey without having it fall apart onto the serving platter.
Glazing meats with a pastry brush
“A brush is a great tool for all-day cooking, as it will allow you to evenly glaze meats, coat vegetables, and spread egg washes and butter on pastries,” says Langi. “A 2-inch brush is a versatile tool on a busy marathon day of cooking like Thanksgiving.” If you never know how big of a turkey to get, this is exactly how much turkey to make per person on Thanksgiving.
Serving pie on a pie plate
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If Langi is going to go through the trouble of making a pie from scratch, she makes sure to use a pie plate to add extra festive flair. “Disposable pans on their own are often flimsy,” she says. “For easy cleanup, using disposable pans and baking it inside of any of these pie plates will allow for an even bake and provide support for generously filled pies.” If you’re looking for the perfect dessert, try one of these 25 delicious apple pie recipes for your Thanksgiving feast.
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