Thanksgiving Tips


There are plenty of tips out there on websites.  Here are two tips that I haven’t seen on other websites that I have developed over my 19 years of preparing Thanksgiving dinner.


Thanksgiving Notebook

  • 2″ – 3 ring binder
  • Page protectors
  • copier or printer


First is my Thanksgiving Notebook (I actually refer it to me as my Holiday Notebook because I have a Christmas cookie/candy section in the back). Over the years I’ve gathered recipes from different sources so when Thanksgiving comes around I found myself spent time searching out the recipes.

As a solution, I found an old 2 inch, 3-ring binder to use as my Thanksgiving notebook.   I either copied, printed or cut out the  recipe if it came from a magazine.  I placed them into plastic sheet protectors.  The plastic sheet protectors keeps the pages from tearing out of the binder as well as keeping them safe from spills. binder.  I also print out the menu I plan for each year – deleting what didn’t work and keeping what did work.

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Mise en Place

  • Storage bags in Gallon/Quart/Sandwich/Snack size
  • Black Sharpie Marker

For Thanksgiving  I do a LOT of cooking almost all of it is from scratch (I buy the pie crust). There is a lot of time spent just measuring out the ingredients – not to mention washing the measuring cups over and over again because of the time lag between uses.

Mise en place which is French for “in place”.  Which is shown in cooking shows with all of these little bowls. I don’t have that many ramekins or small bowls, plus try keeping up with all the small ingredients – I know I’d mix up my 1 cup of sugar for the pie with the 1 cup of salt for the turkey brine.

My solution is doing mise en place with food storage bags in gallon, quart, sandwich, and snack sizes.  I write the ingredients on the bag and fill the bag and stack them for Thanksgiving.

For example I make a Southern corn bread dressing.  I fill one bag with 1 cup of self rising corn mean and 1/2 cup self rising flour so when I’m making the cornbread I can just drop it in.  I also have a bag with dried bread, crackers, and seasoning.  I have a larger bag for to place both bags in to keep them together.  I label each individual bag with Southern Corn Bread in case they get separated I can easily identify what recipe the bag belongs.

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Food storage bags can be recycled just the same as your plastic grocery bags.  Check here for more information. 

Hope these help you out and I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

– RadiantMettle

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