Preparing For Thanksgiving In Denver

admin November 18, 2010 0

Thanksgiving is a festive holiday that kicks off the beginning of the snowy season and the importance of loved ones. Throughout the ages, the act of gathering around to share a meal with the family and celebrate life has been diluted recently with our fast-moving society but at least we still have holidays such as Thanksgiving to remind us of what is most important. Preparing for the Thanksgiving meal is a huge project to undertake and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Here is a guide to helping you accomplish this delicious task without too much stress:

The Week Before

  • Make a guest list and plan out a meal
  • Buy a turkey from the local Denver grocery store to ensure you get one big enough to feed everyone – it is recommended to purchase 1lb of turkey per person
  • Check your pantry to make sure you have enough ingredients for all of the recipes
  • Set out festive Thanksgiving decorations (usually Denver craft stores will begin to have sales on their Thanksgiving décor)
  • Make sure you have enough serving pieces and napkins
  • Borrow or purchase a spare table and chairs if necessary to seat all the guests

3 Days Before

  • Clean out the fridge to make room for leftovers and bring down the turkey to defrost
  • Make sure you have all the tools necessary for cooking your Colorado Thanksgiving meal (roasting pan, metal turkey baster, thermometer, grater, etc)

2 Days Before

  • Pick up wines and drinks – Chardonnay is NOT recommended because of how filling it is (Colorado has a good selection of local wines)
  • Sharpen knives
  • Stock up on paper towels, toilet paper, medications

1 Day Before

  • Anything that can be made ahead of time, should be, such as side dishes, appetizers and pies
  • Peel potatoes if you plan on making mashed potatoes from scratch

Thanksgiving Day

  • Star preparing the big meal at least 5 hours before dinner time
  • Relax, eat and enjoy the company of loved ones!

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