Thanksgiving Countdown

Posted on 11.01.2023 Thanksgiving Countdown

Thanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching, and it's time to embrace the season of gratitude, warmth, and togetherness. This holiday is about more than just a feast; it's a time to cherish the company of loved ones, express appreciation, and create lasting memories. But to make the most of this special day, a little planning and preparation can go a long way.

In this Thanksgiving Day countdown, we've outlined a step-by-step guide to ensure your holiday celebration is a resounding success. From sharpening your culinary skills to setting a beautiful table, from engaging activities for the kids to crafting the perfect menu, we've got you covered.

Let's dive into the countdown:


Two Weeks Before Thanksgiving (Mid-November):

  1. Plan Your Menu: Decide what dishes you'll prepare for Thanksgiving and make a shopping list of ingredients you'll need.

  2. Order the Turkey: If you plan to have a fresh turkey, order it from your local butcher or grocery store to ensure availability.

  3. Prepare a Cooking Schedule: Create a detailed cooking schedule to map out what needs to be cooked and when on Thanksgiving Day.

One Week Before Thanksgiving:

  1. Shop for Non-Perishables: Purchase non-perishable ingredients, such as canned goods, spices, and dry goods.

  2. Prepare Make-Ahead Dishes: Make and freeze dishes that can be prepared in advance, such as pie crusts, bread for stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

  3. Clean Out the Fridge and Freezer: Make space for the Thanksgiving ingredients you'll need to store.

Three to Four Days Before Thanksgiving:

  1. Thaw the Turkey: If using a frozen turkey, start thawing it in the refrigerator according to the recommended thawing time.

Two Days Before Thanksgiving:

  1. Make Broth and Stock: Prepare homemade stock or broth that you'll need for gravies and side dishes.

One Day Before Thanksgiving:

  1. Chop and Prep Ingredients: Wash, peel, and chop vegetables, herbs, and any other ingredients needed for your dishes.

  2. Set the Table: Arrange your dinnerware, glassware, and utensils on the dining table.

  3. Bake Pies: Bake pies and other desserts, allowing them to cool before covering and storing.

  4. Prepare Stuffing: Assemble stuffing ingredients, but do not cook it. Store it separately in the refrigerator.

  5. Marinate or Brine the Turkey: If you plan to marinate or brine your turkey, do it the night before and refrigerate.

Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Early Morning: Preheat the oven, take the turkey out of the brine (if applicable), and let it come to room temperature.

  2. Turkey Prep: Stuff and truss the turkey, then place it in the oven according to your cooking schedule.

  3. Prepare Side Dishes: Start cooking side dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and other sides based on your cooking schedule.

  4. Warm Breads and Rolls: Warm any bread or rolls that you've prepared in advance.

  5. Gravies and Sauces: Make gravies and sauces while the turkey is resting.

  6. Finalize and Plate: As the turkey rests, finalize any last-minute preparations and plate the dishes.

  7. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner: Gather with your guests and savor your delicious Thanksgiving meal!

This checklist should help you stay organized and reduce stress on Thanksgiving Day, ensuring that you have a memorable and enjoyable celebration.

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