Countdown to Thanksgiving Dinner Timeline

Maureen Rowan Murphy, Manager Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles

happy thanksgiving banner Hosting Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful. Use this timeline we’ve developed as a guide to help you plan, prepare and enjoy the perfect Thanksgiving dinner!   Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!   The weekend before:
  • Shop for items that can be purchased ahead.
  • Prepare and freeze anything that can be made in advance.
  • Develop a food preparation schedule.
  The day before Thanksgiving:
  • Purchase fresh items like vegetables.
  • Set table or set up serving areas and set out serving pieces/utensils.
  • Set up beverage area.
  • Measure out dry stuffing ingredients, cover and set aside to mix with perishable ingredients prior to stuffing or placing in a casserole dish.
  Thanksgiving Day: Early in the day
  • Post a list of food and check off so nothing is forgotten.
  • Remove turkey from refrigerator, unwrap, remove giblets, and set aside if using. Place in a roasting pan and refrigerate until ready to roast.
  • Pick up any prepared food. (Our stores are open until 3pm Thanksgiving Day.)
4 to 6 hours before serving
  • Peel and cut up potatoes and cover with cold water until ready to cook.
  • Prepare stuffing.
2 hours before serving
  • Cook giblets if using.
  • Plate condiments such as cranberry sauce, olives, carrots, celery and pickles.
  • Add any finishing touches to make-ahead recipes.
1 hour before serving
  • Remove turkey from oven and allow to rest.
  • Place stuffing in oven to bake if baking in a casserole dish as advised.
  • Drain potatoes, add salt and fresh water.  Cook, drain, and mash. Place in an ovenproof casserole and keep warm in oven.
  • Make gravy.
15 minutes before serving
  • Carve turkey.
  • Bake rolls according to package directions.
  • Pour beverages.
  • Place condiments on table.
  • Add any finishing touches to side dishes.
  • Light candles.
  #IlearnedfromNeil contest! Did you learn to carve a turkey from our very own Neil Golub? Show us your carving skills for a chance to win one of 3 $100 Price Chopper gift cards! Today through 11/25, share a photo or video of you or a family member’s holiday turkey carving in either a comment on the contest Facebook post, a tweet on Twitter or a story/post on Instagram. Use the hashtag #IlearnedfromNeil and tag @pricechopper to enter! turkey_wNeil  

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