A Few Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving in your Apartment
Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it’s time to get your Holiday plans in order! If you’re confined to cooking Thanksgiving dinner in a small apartment, don’t worry! It is completely possible to throw an awesome Thanksgiving dinner party in your apartment. The lack of space in your kitchen should not keep you from making your Thanksgiving party one to remember! By following these simple tips, you can make sure everything goes smoothly in the kitchen, come Thanksgiving!
Plan the Meal Ahead of Time
As with anything in life, the best defense is a good offense. And by that, I mean, the best way to prepare yourself for the chaos Thanksgiving will bring is to have a plan for the day. Plan the menu at least a week beforehand, and break up every dish into three categories; What has to be made ahead of time, what can be made ahead of time, and what has to be made the day of Thanksgiving. You will probably find that most cold dishes, such as potato salad, can be made ahead of time, and pulled out of the refrigerator just before dinner starts. Likewise, any casseroles can be made a day or two beforehand, and reheated before dinner.
If you’ll be serving turkey, don’t forget to thaw it out a few days before! A small turkey (8-12 pounds) will take two days to thaw, whereas a larger one (20+ pounds) may take up to 5-6 days. And it may take anywhere from 4-7 hours to cook. If this is your first time cooking a turkey, this guide can help you cook the perfect turkey!
Get Your Apartment Ready
Anything else you can do to prepare for the day beforehand will help relieve some of the stress on Thanksgiving morning. Maybe clean the apartment, and set the table ahead of time. Take some of the pressure off of yourself by asking friends and family to bring some side dishes.
When it comes to navigating around the small kitchen Thanksgiving morning, it is important to make the most out of the limited space you may have. If you find yourself running low on counter space, break out the ironing board to store some of the extra dishes. When the time comes to serve Thanksgiving dinner, if you choose to go “buffet-style,” be sure to create a smooth flow around the kitchen, so guests can go from dish to dish without creating a traffic jam.
If you follow these guidelines, your Thanksgiving dinner is sure to be a hit! So, from all of us at Poplar Ridge Apartments in Fort Wayne, have a great Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our wonderful residents!