How to Best Plan Out Your Cooking for Thanksgiving Week

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Planning out your Thanksgiving cooking can be difficult, especially when you think everything can be done in one day. Luckily, this guide is here to help you figure out exactly what you need to do and when, so your Thanksgiving turns out flawlessly.


Buying and thawing your turkey is one of the biggest concerns people have. The easy thing to do is to allow 1 full day for every 4-5 pounds of turkey you buy. Thawing happens in the fridge so make sure to leave some space for your bird as well!


Stuffing is a dish that can be made 1-2 days in advance, so you can get that over and done with. The best thing about stuffing as well is that it uses old bread, so any leftover loaves you have from the weekend prior is perfect for stuffing. The key is to only bake the stuffing once and do the second bake to get it crispy on the day of Thanksgiving.


Most casseroles can also be made ahead of time, which is great news for anyone throwing their own Thanksgiving. Whether green bean casserole is your jam or you like to stick with the classic sweet potato casserole, both can be made several days in advance and simply reheated the day of!