We’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving hacks you need to know! For more holiday tips, check out KCL’s favorite home hacks.
1. Print out recipes and tape them at eye level on kitchen cabinets.
2. Shape foil into a ring to keep the turkey moist while roasting.
Set your bird on top of the foil and add more aluminum as needed so that your turkey will stay elevated while cooking. The foil ring will help heat flow around your turkey for even roasting.
3. Use a thermos as a gravy warmer to free up space on the stove.
4. Rinse potatoes quickly in the dishwasher.
Set your dishwasher on for a quick rinse, and voila—washed potatoes!
5. Use a paper plate as a hand-mixer splash guard.
6. Keep mashed potatoes warm in a slow cooker.
7. Grate butter for easy mixing when making biscuits or pie crust.
8. Drape a towel over a KitchenAid to prevent ingredients from splashing everywhere.
9. Microwave garlic for 15 seconds to easily remove skin.
After 15 seconds, be very careful peeling the skin-it’s hot! The heat from the microwave causes the garlic to release steam, which helps break down the bond between the clove and the skin.
You can stick an entire bulb in the microwave if you need more garlic (or want to prep cloves ahead of time). Cut both ends of the bulb off, and squeeze one side until the cloves slip out of the peel.
10. Boil cinnamon sticks, apple peels, orange rinds, and whole cloves in water for a festive-smelling home.
11. Cover the kids table with kraft paper and set out crayons to keep them entertained.
12. Use a hollowed-out pumpkin as a flower vase.
First, cut open and hollow out a pumpkin. Then tuck a water-proof liner like cellophane inside the pumpkin.
Soak floral foam in water, then place the saturated block inside the pumpkin. Measure and cut flowers, then stick stems into the foam in any desired pattern. For best results, start by adding greenery and small filler flowers before large flowers.
13. Protect a wood table from spills by setting down newspaper underneath a tablecloth.
14. Use square and rectangle pans so you can fit more dishes in the oven.
15. Keep food warm in a cooler.
16. Cook stuffing in muffin tins for easy serving and delicious, crispy edges.
17. Prevent a mixing spoon from falling into a bowl or pot full of food by wrapping a rubber band around the handle.
18. Make pumpkin pie bites with a cookie cutter and whipped cream.
If you don’t have a round cookie cutter that’s deep enough, try a biscuit cutter. For best results, slightly spray the biscuit cutter with nonstick cooking spray before cutting into the pie.
Use a knife or spoon to tap the outside of the biscuit cutter to help the pumpkin pie slip out without messing it up. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
19. Get fluffier whipped cream by chilling a metal beater and bowl beforehand.
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