How to Prepare Your Kitchen for a Thanksgiving Feast

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Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving is a month away, so now is a perfect time to begin preparing your kitchen for the upcoming feast. While your gathering this year might not be as large or as physically close with social distancing considerations, taking the time to gather with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company with great food will do wonders for your soul. Planning well in advance will help you take some of the stress out of the holiday and can get a better idea of how your kitchen is functioning. Here’s how to prepare your kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast.

Clean Out and Organize your Refrigerator, Freezer, and Countertops

With the amount of food usually prepared for Thanksgiving, you’re sure to need space in your fridge, freezer, and work zones for food prep as well as leftovers. So now is the perfect time to make sure you clean out and organize your refrigerator. Do this before bringing the turkey home! Cleaning your freezer will give you space to store the frozen bird as well as prepared side dishes and desserts. It’s also a good idea to figure out where you’ll defrost the turkey ahead of time. If the fridge is your targeted spot, make sure there’s enough room to fit the bird as well as the sheet pan needed to collect the juices.

Take Stock of Your Pantry

While many of the dishes we make for Thanksgiving are unique to the holiday, the ingredients are used often in our normal kitchen lives. Doublecheck your pantry before heading out to the supermarket. This is also a great time to get rid of anything you’ll want to replace, such as expired condiments.

Check Your Appliances

Kitchen appliances that don’t function optimally cause headaches during everyday life but can be a real inducer of stress on Thanksgiving. The first step should be to clean these appliances thoroughly. If you have an oven with a self-cleaning function, take advantage of this. Smooth cooktops should be easy enough to wipe down with a cleanser – for those with a gas cooktop or anything with grates, the job will be more difficult, but worth the effort.

Sanitize your Kitchen and Dining Area

Wipe down every area of your kitchen and dining areas with a sanitizing cleanser. Check into whether your dishwasher features a sanitizing cycle and utilize this if it does. Replace your old, dirty kitchen sponge with a new one – experts recommend replacing your kitchen sponge every one to two weeks to help stem the spread of bacteria. Cleanliness is more important now than ever before and you owe it to your loved ones!

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