Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd can be excessively stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! Although ACCC is a nonprofit credit counseling agency, we also have advice on Thanksgiving prep! Our tips will help you troubleshoot some of the most common kitchen disasters on Thanksgiving. Fear not, you can fix Thanksgiving dinner mistakes. With these tips, you’ll look like a culinary genius to all of your family and friends.
How to Fix Limp Mashed Potatoes
Are your mashed potatoes looking a little sad and gloopy? Add a little baking powder! One teaspoon can help revitalize your mashed potatoes. Just make sure to mix it in when warm. The heat will activate the powder and the same gases that make baked goods rise will help your mashed potatoes become light and fluffy.
Roast a Turkey with No Roasting Rack
We’ve all been there. You go to start the turkey and realize you don’t actually own a roasting rack. No problem! Make one out of aluminum foil. Aluminum foil is also great for lining all cookie sheets and baking trays — this makes cleanup so much easier. Plus, not having to buy a roasting rack helps you stay on your holiday budget.
How to Fix Gravy Issues
For lumpy gravy, pour it through a sieve to remove the lumps. For gravy that’s too thin, mix 1 tsp of corn starch with 1 tsp of hot water, add to the gravy, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Stir and serve over your extra fluffy mashed potatoes.
What to do if the Turkey’s Still Frozen
Another place we’ve all been. Even though the turkey’s been thawing in the fridge for days, it still feels frozen! Give it a cold bath. The water will help it defrost faster. Don’t thaw it at room temperature.
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