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Nov 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Prep – First Things First

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

It’s almost time for the traditional – whatever that means to you, Thanksgiving Dinner.  The days ahead of the big event is filled with shopping, cleaning, cooking and a myriad of other stressful and time consuming activities.  Since I’m the Chief Cook and Bottle-washer of the Hodge Household, most of these tasks fall on me as they do most women.  Over the years, I’ve had to find ways to lessen the stresses and share (delegate) some of the responsibilities to other members of our family.


Pantry Clean-out               Fridge and Freezer Clean-out

One major thing I’ve found helpful is to clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer of old and out-dated food before you bring in new items for the Thanksgiving Feast.  Things that don’t look or smell good should be tossed.  But don’t be too hasty, check out this handy article for Food Storage and Shelf-life Guidance.  If you find that you have too much of a particular item and it’s still good – consider donating it to your local food pantry, place of worship or other charity.  There’s always a need – not only during the holidays.

It’s great to do this leading up to your garbage day.  I’m getting mine done today – tomorrow is our day.  What to do with fresh veggies past their prime but still useful, try making some Roasted Veggie Stock.  It’ll come in handy for so many dishes for your delicious Thanksgiving meal.  I make this four times a year and freeze it.  It’s healthier and better than anything store bought and cuts down on waste.  Out of date and frost-bitten frozen veggies can be put in your compost pile.  Again, nothing wasted.  Make sure you don’t add any meat or dairy products to the compost pile – they’ll dry pests.

Later this week I’ll share some of my other tips and family favorite recipes.  I asked my sons yesterday what they wanted for dinner.  Their answer, “The usual.  Turkey, dressing, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, greens, sweet potato pie – you know mama: Thanksgiving Dinner!”  Yes, I know – we’ve been having the same thing practically all their lives!

Until next time – let’s get an early start on the official Thanksgiving Day by being thankful today and everyday!


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