Thinking about Thanksgiving

cartoon illustration of turkey chef holding platter with pumkin, pie, nuts, fruits and autumn leaves

It is time to start thinking about Thanksgiving again at AnswerLine. We get so many Thanksgiving questions every November that we like to begin thinking about Thanksgiving early in the month. We like to review our turkey thawing and cooking directions and other information related to popular questions that callers ask.

One important dilemma that callers often have is not enough oven space for a turkey and ham or roast beef. Also, there are a number of common side dishes competing with the turkey for oven space. Callers often want to know how long ahead of time they can prepare and then reheat a dish.

This may be a time to think a bit outside the box for cooking methods. We have often heated our green bean casserole in the microwave to precook it and then added the onion rings and put the casserole in the oven when we took the turkey out. Since the turkey should rest before carving, it allows the green bean casserole top to brown and get a bit crisp before serving.

It seems that we all have multiple small appliances that we can use to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Many people have crock pots, instant pots, microwave ovens, toaster ovens, or electric roasters. If we take the time to think of all the options early in the month, then preparing Thanksgiving dinner could become less stressful. As always, call us at AnswerLine if you want to discuss your options.

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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