November 14, 2017
These Free + Low Cost Thanksgiving Supplies will help you streamline dinner prep, so you can spend more quality time with friends and family!
The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, so why would you want to spend the whole day in the kitchen preparing for dinner?
These Free + Low Cost Thanksgiving Supplies are sure to simplify Turkey Day and give you more time to visit with guests and enjoy your day.
For more Thanksgiving tips and tricks, check out the following:
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Carve the turkey with ease with an extra large roasting board with deep drip groove.
When cutting freshly cooked meats, I like to use a roasting board like this one with a deep groove around the edges to prevent juices from running off the cutting board.
To make food prep easier, consider getting this handy vegetable chopper to quickly dice vegetables like onions and celery for stuffing. This gadget will definitely save you tons of time and effort, especially if you’re expecting a crowd for dinner.
For those of you who like some lumps in their mashed potatoes, this old fashioned potato masher is a great tool.
I prefer to use my KitchenAid Electric Hand Mixer to eliminate lumps and make my mashed potatoes super creamy.
PRO TIP: Russet potatoes are my favorite kind for mashed potatoes (and baked potatoes).
They mash up super light, fluffy, and creamy and tend not to get gummy like some other potatoes.
To prevent food from splattering all over your kitchen, put a paper plate around your hand mixer and a kitchen towel or storage bowl lid around your stand mixer.
This trick will be super helpful with flour and mashed potatoes!
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Sweet Sugar Belle
Photo Credit + Inspiration: Krazy Koupon Lady
This invaluable cheat sheet from Simple Most will help you determine how much food and drinks to have on hand based on the number of guests you have.
Need to blind bake your pie crust this year?
You may know that you can use dried beans and, of course, pie crust weights to weigh down your pie crust for baking, but, what can you do if you don’t have either of these in your home?
Actually, you can use many different things to weigh down your pie crust for blind baking, including rice, popcorn kernels, dried wheat berries, and even pennies!
You can also just put another pie plate inside the plate with the crust to keep the pie crust flat and prevent shrinking.
If you choose this method, you would bake the crust upside down on a cookie sheet, as outlined in this article.
For more information on blind baking pie crust, here’s a helpful tutorial.
I didn’t realize until recently that some people blind bake their pie crust for pumpkin pie to prevent a soggy crust.
I’ve been baking my family’s pumpkin pies for years now, and never have a problem with My Mom’s Pie Crust Recipe.
Check it out if you have this issue – this pie crust is amazingly tender and flaky and always a big hit!
When hosting a holiday, planning and organization is key.
Streamline the process with this Free Thanksgiving Planner free printable download, including five customizable worksheets: Guest List, Menu Plan, Recipe List, Wednesday Prep List, and Thanksgiving Cooking Schedule.
I always use my mom’s heirloom recipes for the holidays.
The only exception is my Cranberry Sauce Recipe, which I developed years ago with initial resistance from my family (they only liked canned jellied cranberry sauce – or so they thought).
When my mom passed away a few years ago, I was lucky enough to inherit her cherished box of recipe cards.
I love using these cards, with her neat, cursive handwriting outlining all our favorite family recipes.
However, sometimes, especially with the busy holidays, I don’t like to use my mom’s recipe cards because I don’t want them to get ruined.
I’m so careful when I’m cooking alone at home, but when we’re all piled in the kitchen prepping the holiday meal, things can get pretty crazy!
Zazzle has TONS of fantastic personalized gifts to choose from, including an incredible assortment of recipe binders.
I love my binder because I can assemble family recipes and other recipes I’ve found through the years into one neat binder that I can reference any time to make my favorite recipes!
I also love to give DIY recipe binders as gifts to close family and friends because I can pass down my cherished recipes to loved ones, and they can add their own recipes as the years go by!
Organizing my binder was super easy.
I chose a recipe binder I liked from Zazzle (they have loads of designs to choose from!), and personalized it with my name.
The sheet protectors are probably my favorite part. If I spill any food on my recipe pages, I can easily wipe them clean with a damp wash cloth.
I don’t have that kind of protection for my regular cookbooks!
Here is where having that binder above will really come in handy!
Having your recipes and cookbooks strewn all over the kitchen is going to hinder, not help, productivity.
To help streamline the cooking process, tape your recipes at eye level.
This way, you can reference your recipes easily without having to search all over the kitchen to see where you left them last.
Plus, taping recipes up high will reduce the risk of food stains on your printouts or favorite cookbooks.
Covering your pages with clear plastic sheet protectors offers even more protection against food splatters.
Photo Credit + Inspiration: The Krazy Coupon Lady
Don’t have a roasting rack? That’s no problem with this easy hack!
Just about everyone has foil, especially on Turkey Day. Check out the simple tutorial at the link below.
If you don’t want to use up so much foil, you can also roast your turkey on a bed of vegetables like onions, celery, and carrots cut into large chunks, which will also add flavor to your pan drippings and gravy.
I’m all for anything that will make my busy life simpler and easier. These Free + Low Cost Thanksgiving Supplies will make hosting the holiday a breeze, so you can spend more quality time with the ones you love!
What do you think of these Cheap Thanksgiving Ideas? Did you find anything helpful you plan to use this year?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to include your favorite Thanksgiving tips and tricks!