Disclosure: I am writing this sponsored post as part of the Bounty Quicker Picker Upper Crew. All opinions are my own.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and while it’s easy to picture your family gathered around the table enjoying a picture-perfect meal, we know what really goes on before everyone takes their seats… potatoes are flying around the kitchen and gravy is spilling on the countertop. Meanwhile, the dog is scrambling to catch all of the food scraps.
We know how crazy Thanksgiving meal prep can be and how the kitchen can look like a culinary war zone afterward. That’s where Bounty comes in – with easy, time-saving hacks for meal prep, and quick pick up.
1-2 Weeks Before – Plan your Thanksgiving Meal
Plan your Meal
Put together a draft meal plan that includes tried and true family traditions as well as a couple of new recipes if you are feeling adventurous. I planned mine on a Trello board!
If you’ll be hosting extending family and/or friends, send them the tentative meal plan and ask for feedback. They might have a favorite or new recipe they have been waiting to try!
5 Days Before – Go grocery shopping
Have you tried online grocery shopping yet? It’s one of my new favs! Within a few minutes, you can put your entire grocery list into your cart, add coupons, pay for your order, and schedule a pickup.
If you haven’t tried it yet, this would be a great time to give it a whirl! While you’re at it, put some Bounty into your cart (you can use these coupons) to make sure Thanksgiving Day clean up is a breeze.
Pick up and prep.
The best part about picking up your groceries without ever leaving your car is that you aren’t exhausted from trying to remember everything on your list and ignoring the constant candy requests (and sometimes meltdowns) from the kids.
That means you still have the energy to do food prep!
- Wipe out your fridge before loading it up with food.
- Wash herbs/veggies and then wrap them in a damp Bounty paper towel for storage to keep them fresh until Thanksgiving Day.
- Remove excess packaging from foods.
- Organize the food in your pantry and refrigerator for easy access.
1-2 Days Before – Prep Work
Prepare as much as possible
You may be one who likes to cook all day on Thanksgiving. But I prefer to hang out with my family. That’s why I prefer to do as much prep work as possible.
- Cut up veggies.
- Assemble casseroles.
- Set the table.
- Think through the logical order of baking dishes in the oven.
Basically, prepare as much as possible so that I can place dishes in the oven when the time comes.
The Big Day – Morning
The day has come! It’s time to cook!
Turn on that oven and get to work.
You still might have some last minute, messy cooking to do on the stove. Ease your stress in the kitchen by keeping Bounty paper towels by your side. Consider the following:
- Place just-cooked bacon on Bounty paper towels to soak up the excess grease.
- Place a sheet of Bounty under your empty gravy boat to easily catch spills when transferring hot gravy from the stovetop.
They’re perfect for quick, time-saving meal prep hacks that will keep you calm and collected before your family and friends arrive.
The Big Day – Evening
After the party comes the cleanup. When messes strike, have Bounty paper towels on hand to quickly and easily pick up the mess.
One less mess means there’s time for one more slice of pumpkin pie! Oh, yeah!