Tick. Tock. Your time is running out. However, you’ve been following along with this year’s Countdown to Turkey Day and aren’t stressing, right?
- Grab your Thanksgiving Shopping List and buy your produce and other perishables.
- If you went the fresh route, pick up your turkey.
- Before you head to the grocery store -you don’t want to go tomorrow, trust me- do another Great Thanksgiving Pantry Double Check, this is especially important if you have kids.
- If your turkey is thawing, take a moment to get rid of the condensation that may be pooling under your thawing turkey. (You don’t have your turkey sitting on a shelf where it can drip its icky goo on your produce do you?) Your turkey should be in the lowest possible portion of your refrigerator. I generally take out the meat drawer to make room for my Thanksgiving turkey.
You don’t want to have your turkey resting in a bacterial swimming pool.
- If you ordered a fresh turkey, go pick it up. Follow the above recommendations for where to keep it in your refrigerator.
- If your turkey is still in the deep freeze, pull it out, right now -do not pass go- and put it in the refrigerator. Give it as much of a head start on a water bath thaw as possible. If you need tips, check out: How to Quickly Thaw a Turkey in a Water Bath.
- Take some time today and get the house as close to company ready as possible.
- Find your meat thermometer, roasting pan, the blades for the food processor, and any other kitchen gadgets that don’t often see the light of day.
Don’t worry, it looks like more than it is. Finally take a moment and confirm that you have enough servingware, silverware, plates, etc for your guests.
Are you ready?
Let’s do this.