Thanksgiving can be more than just a little back-breaking. There is so much to do and so few hours to do it all in. There are only so many ovens, so many racks in the fridge, and so many times you can yell at people not to pick at the food.

If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who absolutely love putting on an incredible Thanksgiving for your family or loved ones, you’re going to love this collection of 15 tips that’ll help you make this Thanksgiving the best, most awe-inspiring, and fastest prepared, Thanksgiving yet. Put these to use and you’ll spend a lot more time actually spending time with the people you love this year…

15 Tips That Will Cut *Hours* Off Of Your Thanksgiving Cooking & Preparation (not to mention making it a whole lot more awesome).


Your coolers aren’t just good for keeping beers cold on summer days. They have many uses. It is really helpful to keep all your drinks cold in one, so that you can have all of your much-needed fridge space, but did you know that coolers are also incredible at keeping food hot!

As you take your different dishes and casseroles out of the oven, cover them with aluminum foil and put them in the cooler. They’ll still be hot and delicious when you’re ready to serve them.


Scrubbing potatoes is so 2010. Instead, put them on the top rack of your dishwasher and do a quick rinse cycle (no detergent!). They come out clean and much easier to peel.


One cook suggests that you mix together a brine “with salt, pepper and dried herbs like thyme, rosemary or sage and then rub it all over the turkey. Wrap it up tightly and place in the fridge. The day before, take off the wrapping. This will allow the outside of the turkey to get dry, making for the crunchiest, crackliest skin when you bake it.”Click here for her incredible (and simple) recipe you can use.


There are so many Thanksgiving dishes and snacks you can make using muffin tins. You can make your corn bread and your cranberry muffins, and you can also make mini quiches, ham and cheese bites, focaccia rolls, crab cakes, baked brie bites, and so much more.


Perfectionism wipes more time off the Thanksgiving clock than anything else. Too many people put 90% of their effort into things less than 10% of the people who experience it will truly appreciate. At the end of the day, the people you love will always care most about two things. Good food. And good people. Don’t get too fancy that you miss all the good food and good people yourself.


Did you know that a dash of baking powder makes your mashed potatoes way fluffier? They’ll be the hit of Thanksgiving, for sure.


Fork marks are too obvious and quick. Proper edges on your pies take time and work. Unless, that is, you grab a clean bead or pearl necklace and use it to press your edges into bakery-beautiful works.


You’d be amazed how many of your friends and neighbors don’t do anything with their slow cookers and pressure cookers on Thanksgiving! Borrow as many as you can, and put them all to good use! Pressure cookers make baked potatoes in a hurry and without the boil-over mess. Slow cookers can cook tender ham, Mac & Cheese, green bean casserole, and so much more.