Thanksgiving Tips

Spend more time
at the table.

Whether you’re bringing a dish or juggling an assortment of recipes, Publix wants to help with Thanksgiving so you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the holiday with your family. Let’s celebrate every table.

Don’t cook a frozen bird.

Don’t cook a frozen bird.

Plan for ample time to defrost the turkey or any meat you’re cooking. Allow for a full 24 hours in the fridge for every five pounds of turkey. For example, if you have a 15 lb turkey, put it in the refrigerator three days in advance.

Appliances are friends.

Appliances are friends.

A slow cooker or pressure cooker can free up time and oven space. Throw in a casserole, or even the turkey, and let the appliance do the work for you. Oh, and microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them.

Make and tape the game plan.

Make and tape the game plan.

This one may be old-school, but printing out recipes can be great for organizing and planning. Know what recipes you’ll make and in what order. Tape them to your cabinets or stack them in the order you’ll be making them.

Share the love.

Share the love.

Whether you’re hosting or coming to the table as a guest, keep in mind that everyone can bring something. Ask your family to bring a favorite dish or offer up any expertise when they arrive.

Chop everything ahead.

Chop everything ahead.

Batching activities and working ahead makes your plan go more smoothly. Chopping early means you can throw and go when it’s time to cook. Fruits and vegetables will stay fresh (refrigerated) in airtight containers.

Food on the road.

Food on the road.

If you’re bringing food, think about recipes that travel and reheat well, if necessary.

Desserts, days in advance.

Desserts, days in advance.

Know the dishes that you can make before the big day. Desserts are a good place to start since some of them need to be chilled anyway.

Set the table early.

Set the table early.

Setting the table the night before lets you take your time and get it just how you want. Or make it a group effort. Maybe one of your family members knows how to do a turkey napkin fold. You never know.

Integrated entertainment.

Integrated entertainment.

Besides the parade and football game, be sure to have a plan to keep little ones entertained while you cook. One trick we learned: parchment paper and crayons. Spread the paper over the kids’ table for coloring paper and an easy-to-clean tablecloth.

Take it easy.

Take it easy.

Thanksgiving leftovers are great, but no need to go overboard! You may not need six casseroles this year. Know what you absolutely want to bring to the table, what can wait until next year, and what someone else can bring.

Start the celebration at your local Publix.

Your neighborhood Publix is just around the corner, ready with whatever you may need to make the most of any special occasion.