Add One Ingredient To Your Mashed Potatoes To Make Them Fluffier Than Ever
Rachel Sebastian 11/17/2016
There's always so much to remember during the Thanksgiving holiday. From how many people to cook for, to what last minute items you need for creating a delicious and memorable dinner. There are some tricks that can make your life easier this Thanksgiving, and they may save you more time than you think. Make your Thanksgiving dinner a breeze with these clever cooking hacks.
The main event of the evening is the turkey, but what if you don't have the right equipment to cook the bird? Instead of spending money on a fancy roasting rack, use rolled-up pieces of tin foil instead. Fix the tin foil into coils in the roasting pan, and place the bird on top. This will allow the bird to cook thoroughly, as the heat can circulate around the bird.
If you're needing more refrigerator space to store all the extra Thanksgiving food items, this next idea will be a life saver. Break out your summertime coolers and fill them with ice, as they'll help free up precious refrigerator real estate. Before the guests arrive, store all the unnecessary food items in the coolers, such as extra bottles of salad dressing and pickles. You'll have more room for the turkey, stuffing and the pumpkin pies.
It seems as though the majority of the guests arrive as the last flurry of cooking is happening in the kitchen. Task well-meaning family and friends with opening wine bottles and filling up water glasses, rather than helping in the kitchen. This way, you're able to finish what needs to be done in the kitchen so everyone can enjoy the feast together.
Maybe you're about to serve the turkey but realize it's a little dry. Don't worry - that can be fixed in a matter of seconds. Be sure to keep a carton of either chicken or turkey broth on hand. Pour some heated broth over the turkey, as it will moisten it and give it a punch of flavor. No more dry turkey!
Make sure the crust of your pumpkin pie doesn't rise during parbaking by using pie weights. Baking experts recommend using pennies, screws and even beans to weigh down the crust. Just be sure to line the dough with foil before you use the pie weights.
If you're really in a time crunch and are seeking help for Thanksgiving dinner prep, look no further than your local supermarket salad bar. Pick up items such as trimmed beans, chopped onions and hard-boiled eggs. It will save you time and effort, and allow you to focus on more important things, like spending time with family.
Nothing is worse than cold potatoes on Thanksgiving, so be sure to use this trick to keep them warm all through dinner. Turn your crock pot on, and use it to store the mashed potatoes. If you notice your mashed potatoes could use a little fluffing, be sure to add in a pinch of baking soda. This will create a fluffier texture and allow for the potatoes to rise, as the baking soda works with the cream as a leavening agent.
Here is a great crock pot mashed potato recipe:
Whether you're hosting a large or small group for Thanksgiving dinner this year, these tricks are sure to make your day run smoother. They will help you focus on what's really important this holiday season - spending quality time with the ones we love most.