To all the lovers of autumn decor and roasted turkey, we’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving hacks you need to know! These cooking tricks and decor tips will get you money and time savings, which is exactly what you’ll need for one of the busiest holidays of the year. Use them so you can focus on all the great Black Friday deals dropping around the same time your bird gets roasting in the oven.
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How to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner
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For instance, last Thanksgiving I used the Ibotta app to score freebies on a Butterball turkey, Idahoan potatoes, McCormick gravy, French’s Fried Onions, and more when I shopped at Walmart. But Walmart isn’t the only store offering free Thanksgiving dinner essentials — here’s how to get a free Thanksgiving turkey at your favorite store. Stick with KCL, and watch your savings grow by using these Thanksgiving deals.
1. Print out Thanksgiving recipes and tape them at eye level on kitchen cabinets.
Sure, you can keep your favorite Thanksgiving recipes pulled up on a phone or computer screen, but then you’ll have to deal with your device’s sleep mode and toggling between screens. And cookbooks on countertops are bound to be in your way on Turkey Day. Instead, grab some painter’s tape and plan to use this Thanksgiving cooking hack (you’ll thank me later!).
2. Shape foil into a ring to keep the turkey moist while roasting.
Don’t have a roasting pan? It’s all good. Set your bird on top of the foil and add more aluminum as needed so that your Thanksgiving turkey will stay elevated while cooking. The foil ring will help heat flow around your turkey for even roasting.
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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! One of the best Thanksgiving hacks ever.
5. Use a paper plate as a hand-mixer splash guard.
Just don’t over-mix your mashed potatoes — they’ll turn out gummy, and nobody wants that for this core Thanksgiving side dish.
6. Keep mashed potatoes warm in a slow cooker.
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7. Grate butter for easy mixing when making biscuits or Thanksgiving pie crusts.
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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.
Don’t have space on your stove? Heat up the same yummy-smelling ingredients in a slow cooker.
Slow cooker fans might find these slow cooker hacks mind blowing.
11. Cover the kids’ Thanksgiving table with kraft paper and set out crayons to keep them entertained.
Kraft paper as a Thanksgiving tablecloth isn’t just for kids, you know. Lay it out on the adults’ table too and ask them to write or draw what they’re thankful for this year ❤️.
12. Use a hollowed-out pumpkin as a Thanksgiving centerpiece.
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 in your clever Thanksgiving centerpiece.
13. Use square and rectangle pans so you can fit more dishes in the oven.
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14. Keep food warm in a cooler.
15. Cook Thanksgiving stuffing in muffin tins for easy serving and delicious, crispy edges.
Spray nine regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray before filling with Thanksgiving stuffing. Make sure to press your stuffing mixture into each cup with a spoon so your stuffing muffins don’t fall apart. Bake about 20 minutes or until stuffing is firm and tops are golden brown.
16. Prevent a mixing spoon from falling into a bowl or pot full of food by wrapping a rubber band around the handle.
You’re probably going to be moving pretty quickly on Turkey Day. This may be the simplest of Thanksgiving hacks, but it could also save the day. Less mess = less stress.
17. 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 your Thanksgiving 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!
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18. Get fluffier whipped cream by chilling a metal beater and bowl beforehand.
Because you can’t have Thanksgiving desserts without the fluffiest whipped cream.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving hacks? Share in the comments below.
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