RepairClinic.com®, an online store for replacement parts for home appliances, outdoor power equipment and heating and cooling equipment, has shared tips about how to avoid mistakes when hosting a Thanksgiving Day dinner celebration.
1. Leaving all meal preparation for Thanksgiving Day. A traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner includes staple favorite dishes that require lengthy prep and cooking times. People should create a meal-preparation schedule that begins several days before the holiday. A common mistake is to underestimate time needed for frozen turkey defrosting. Depending on its size, a frozen turkey may require two days to defrost before it is ready for cooking. Consider preparing side dishes the day before Thanksgiving, or at minimum, preparing ingredients (i.e. chopping vegetables) in advance.
2. Running an oven's self-clean cycle the day before. Run an oven's self-clean cycle no fewer than two weeks prior to Thanksgiving Day. Because of the extreme temperatures associated with the self-cleaning function, Chris Hall, RepairClinic.com president and co-founder said there is risk of damage to an electrical component or the door latch. "If preparing a Thanksgiving meal, people should run the self-cleaning feature at least two weeks in advance for time to repair the range if necessary.
Note that self-cleaning ovens should not be cleaned with a general oven-cleaning spray, as the formula may damage the self-cleaning surfaces of the oven's interior.
3. A disorganized kitchen.
Overstuffed pantries, cabinets and refrigerators complicate meal preparation and post-dinner leftovers storage. One to two hours should be taken to clean out the refrigerator, freezer and cabinetry where expired items can be trashed and space can be maximized. Additionally, the clean-out enables people a chance to take an inventory of pots, pans and other cookware to ensure that there are enough for everything that is planned to cook on Thanksgiving.
4. One-person cooking.
Hosts should consider asking guests to bring side dishes and desserts because most people may be happy to contribute to the feast; they may even feel more welcome if they are asked to bring a dish.
5. Chaotic clean-up.
Rather than getting frustrated with the clean-up work, hosts can delegate people to take care of some of the clean-up.