With the menu planned, it is time to check the pantry and fridge and make your shopping list. If you use a frozen turkey it can be purchased any time, but fresh turkeys will need to purchased no earlier than the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Fresh turkeys are highly perishable and should be stored in a home fridge for no longer than 2 days before cooking.
While making your shopping list take careful note of how much fresh produce will need to be purchased and how it will be stored in the days before Thanksgiving. Consider a thorough refrigerator clean out to ensure there is adequate storage both before and after the big meal. A cooler loaded with ice can be a lifesaver if space is tight.
While we are talking about Thanksgiving and shopping lists, I’d like to know: What dishes make or break Thanksgiving? I am all over the turkey and dressing, but my mom would be crushed if there wasn’t any Waldorf salad. So Home Eccers, tell me, what must be included in your Thanksgiving dinner? Are there any traditional dishes that your family absolutely cannot stand?