Have you ever had a Thanksgiving holiday in the past where you realized that you were missing six different ingredients, two family members and the bottles of wine you planned on drinking? Executing the perfect Thanksgiving can be a bit of a stressful experience, especially if you haven’t done any preparation beforehand.
Transitioning From Halloween To Thanksgiving With Bengtson’s
That’s why Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm is going to go over some useful Thanksgiving prep tips to help make sure that you’re ready for the holiday-fueled chaos of family members, great food, wonderful memories, and giving thanks, of course. Our Homer Glen pumpkin patch may have closed for the season back in late October, but fear not! We’ve already been planning some new and exciting things for next year that we don’t want you to miss out on! Learn more about Illinois’ best Halloween pumpkin festival and pumpkin farm by visiting here.
Tip: Review Your Recipes
When you’re working with a specific recipe, relying on your memory is no good. To make sure that you have your planned recipes down to a T, drag them out and review the ingredients list. Also, familiarize yourself with the prep and cook time of the recipes in order to manage your time efficiently when it comes to cooking everything. Make this Thanksgiving the year that you don’t have to make a last-minute trip to the grocery store. Speaking of the grocery store…
Tip: Make Out Your Grocery List
Before you go out and start shopping for the ingredients you need, check your cupboards and pantries to see what you do have on hand. Double-check all of your spices and make sure that the freshness date on your baking powder checks out. After you’ve crossed out and organized the necessary items that you already have on hand, consider what’s left and take advantage of those grocery store specials leading up to Thanksgiving week.
Tip: Clean And Calibrate The Oven Beforehand
We can’t stress “beforehand” enough. How devastating would it be if your oven malfunctioned somehow or did something strange right when you and your family need it the most? A clean oven also cooks food more evenly and more efficiently. If you don’t have a self-cleaning cycle on your oven, just make sure that the cleaning chemicals have plenty of time to disappear from the air. Don’t wait until the day of Thanksgiving to clean your oven and you should be just fine.
Tip: Prep Your Fridge
Your fridge is going to be working at full capacity, especially if you’re having multiple family members coming in and staying with you. That means you’ll need extra room in your fridge to store Thanksgiving food. So, if your fridge is full of last summer’s pickle juice experiments and condiments from seven years ago, this is the time to clean out your fridge. Though you might have some strange, sentimental attachment to some of these old items in the fridge, it’s better to make room for all that Thanksgiving food – the good stuff.
Side tip: If you like to cook large meals, scale down until after the holiday by freezing what you don’t plan on using right away.
Tip: Plan Out Your Tablescape
What is your ideal table set up for Thanksgiving? Some people like a very simple, modest spread while others prefer an extravagant, dazzling display of carefully placed candles, centerpieces, and more. If you’re going to use good china and crystalware, that’s great, but be sure to get everything out, ready and clean in time. Planning on gathering table decorating advice and input from family members? Do it. If we really eat with our eyes first, then setting up the dinner table just right is almost as important as properly cooking your food. Give your table some thought before you start preparing your delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Pumpkins Go Great With Thanksgiving!
While pumpkins are usually used for Jack-O-Lanterns, tiny pumpkins are great for Thanksgiving decorations. Our pumpkin farm might be closed for the season at this point, but we still encourage you to put on the best Thanksgiving ever! Stay up-to-date with what’s going on at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest in Homer Glen through our blog and other informational resources.