HOSTING THANKSGIVING?

- The Hawk & Tom Show

November 22, 2019
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Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and if YOU'RE the one stuck hosting this year, it's crunch time.  To help lighten your load next week, here are six things you should get out of the way this weekend . . .


1.  Clean out your fridge.  You'll need room for the turkey and all the extra ingredients you'll buy.  You don't want to run into an issue because you have a half-full gallon of milk taking up space.


2.  Check your pantry.  Take inventory of what you have in your fridge, cupboards, and drawers, especially when it comes to things like spices.  You might not need to buy a turkey roasting bag, because the box you bought last year came with two.


3.  Have a game plan for your cooking vessels and dinnerware.  Take stock of all the pots, pans, plates, glasses, serving platters, and flatware you'll need to pull off your Thanksgiving dinner.  One tip we saw recommended putting Post-It notes on some items so you don't accidentally "double book" them.


4.  Grocery shop.  You should have everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner by Sunday night . . . the turkey, canned ingredients, fresh ingredients, beverages, everything.


5.  Defrost your turkey.  If you bought a frozen turkey, the USDA recommends one day of thawing in the fridge for every 4 to 5 pounds.  So if you have a 15-pound bird, you'll need to start defrosting at LEAST 3 days in advance.  And if your bird is over 20 pounds, you should have it defrosting in the fridge by TONIGHT.


6.  Do some food prep.  Depending on what you're serving, you can check off a few things this weekend.  Things like dips and spreads can generally be made up to a week ahead of time.  You can air-dry breads for stuffing.  You can make homemade pie crusts.  And things that are served chilled, like cranberry sauce or vinaigrette for salads, can all be made this weekend.


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And if you are hosting Thanksgiving, here is a little good news.


The American Farm Bureau Federation just put out its annual study on how much it should COST to serve Thanksgiving dinner.  And man, I wish I knew what stores they do their shopping at.


According to the study, it should only cost you $48.91 to serve 10 people at Thanksgiving.  That's up a whopping one cent from last year.


So what can you buy for that money?  Their dinner includes a 16-pound turkey . . . stuffing . . . sweet potatoes . . . rolls with butter . . . peas . . . cranberries . . . a veggie tray . . . pumpkin pie with whipped cream . . . milk . . . and coffee.


And if you want to add ham, russet potatoes, and green beans to your dinner, that adds another $13.41 to the overall cost, taking your dinner up to $62.32


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We know this is a ROUGH time of year to try to watch what you eat.  If you're going to watch anything, it's 20,000 calories worth of desserts and booze going into your mouth.

According to a new survey, we basically "write off" the end of the year when it comes to our health and our diets.


- 41% of people use the holidays as a reason to punt on healthy habits . . . and one in three have already started postponing those habits until January.

- The survey also found 47% of people say they already know they'll give in and break their diet during the holiday season.  The top foods that we break our diet for are cookies . . . pies and cakes . . . and home-cooked holiday meals.

- 30% of people say they've had a moment during the holidays where they've unbuttoned their pants because they ate too much.


And overall, the average American will gain SIX pounds over the next month-and-a-half . . . that's the same amount of weight we packed on last year. 


 

 

(Food 52 / Courier Journal)  (American Farm Bureau Federation)  (Yahoo News