Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re not quite ready yet, don’t worry — that’s why we’re here. When hosting Thanksgiving, as with any dinner party, last-minute tasks have a way of sneaking up on you and really gobbling up your time. This is why it’s so helpful to get as much as you can done in advance — starting with these 10 smart things you can do right now.
1. Check your cookware and kitchen tools.
In addition to planning your menu, it’s just as important to make sure you have all the cookware and kitchen tools you’ll need to prepare dinner. Do you need a roasting pan, more pie dishes, or a meat thermometer? If you haven’t already, now’s the time to take inventory and figure out what you still need.
2. Get ready to start thawing your turkey.
If your turkey is frozen, it’s time to start thinking about thawing it. A completely frozen turkey needs a day to thaw for every four pounds in weight. And if you plan to brine your turkey, it needs to be defrosted one day sooner.