Be Prepared

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@Rollo1 (16725)
Boston, Massachusetts
November 21, 2017 11:06am CST
That's the Boy Scout motto, isn't it? Oh well, I am borrowing it this week. As many of you know, this Thursday is Thanksgiving in America. And for the first time in my entire life, I may be prepared enough to enjoy it, even after cooking the Thanksgiving dinner. Now, my favorite way to spend Thanksgiving is to go to someone else's house and relax while they cook the dinner. This year, however, we are staying home. Still, we want to have all the traditional dishes. My turkey is in the fridge defrosting. I believe I began defrosting it in time for Thursday, but even if it is just a wee bit frozen still, I have purchased one of those turkey oven bags. That will ensure that the outside doesn't get too brown before the inside is done. It will also make clean up much easier, as the bag catches all the drippings and the roasting pan will be clean. I am also doing all the vegetable prep ahead of time. I bought one of those vacuum food sealers recently. I hate it when frozen food gets all frosty and freezer burned. Vacuum sealing the bag prevents that. Plus, it's enormous fun to operate. So far, I have peeled, blanched and frozen the potatoes and the carrots. Today I am going to do the butternut squash. And although I am avoiding too much baking, there will be pies. I am going to make a cherry cheesecake pie and a pumpkin pudding pie - both are no-bake. The only baking will be making the brownies and then making the fudge to put on top of them. Decadently fudgey, a favorite. It is still a lot of work to peel all the veg and prepare the bags for freezing, but at least I can do a little of it each day. Then all I need to do on Thursday is set the pots to boiling and the turkey to roasting. How do you prepare for a big meal with many elements? Have you ever used a vacuum sealer?
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Nov
I like to let someone else cook too. I have done it all for many years. Now I let my daughter do it.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Nov
At some point, the Next Generation has to take over the cooking and holiday duties. I hope you have a good dinner.
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@celticeagle (115058)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Nov
@Rollo1 ....Yes. It sure does smell good.
@rebelann (32299)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
That sounds like a smart way to do it.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov
But right now it's still a lot of work but at least most of it is broken up into small pieces. I think I will still be rushing at the end, but it won't be nearly as bad.
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@rebelann (32299)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Nov
At least you've reduced the amount of work you'll have to do when you actually start cooking @Rollo1
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@marlina (62168)
• Canada
21 Nov
We did have a vacuum sealer bag but did not use it that much, so we gave it away. Where have you been all that time????
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Nov
I've been busy doing a lot of other things. Mostly I've been knitting, and taking care of family.
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@JudyEv (100851)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov
We have a vacuum sealer and they are really handy and good at their job. Have a great Thanksgiving.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Nov
Thank you. I still have a lot of work to do in the morning, but hopefully we will have a dinner by afternoon.
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@Corbin5 (81620)
• United States
21 Nov
Thanksgiving and Christmas had always been at my house for 30 years. So much work that was, but fun when all was done. I am glad that now, we have simplified Thanksgiving by not having as many dishes and fewer people in attendance. A nice break for me.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov
I now have a very healthy respect for my mother and all of the years that she spent cooking a fine Thanksgiving dinner. She never cut corners and everything was done fresh. It's a lot of work.
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@sharon6345 (109637)
• United States
21 Nov
Have fun with it all. I am not up for that kind of work.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov
It really is a lot of work. I know now why some people just go out to dinner on Thanksgiving
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
21 Nov
You are good! And wow, a no bake pumpkin pudding pie...yum!
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@Emmlex1000 (1516)
• Lagos, Nigeria
21 Nov
Thanks for sharing and have fun
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@PainsOnSlate (19213)
• Canada
24 Nov
I don't have a vacuum sealer but I would love one. My husband is the chef in my house so he does all the prep and cooking while i paint away in my studio. When we were younger and the kids were still in the house I cooked but I loved how the Mr. took over when he retired. He is Greek so often our holiday main is lamb.
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Nov
If he is Greek, you're eating well.
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• Canada
24 Nov
@Rollo1 I am a lucky woman, and I do eat well...
@Fleura (6196)
• United Kingdom
22 Nov
That sounds fantastically organised, well done! No I've never used a vacuum sealer, at least not at home, what are the advantages?
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@Rollo1 (16725)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Nov
Great for leftovers that you might not want to eat next day. It works better for some kinds of foods than others, but it helps keep things that might otherwise need to be cooked or eaten right away or else would go bad. Sometimes you just end up with a large amount of something that you don't want to or can't eat in just a few days. Then there's convenience, For instance, I have chopped up the green peppers I got on sale and frozen them in a really long bag so that I can cut it open, take out what I need to add to a dish I am cooking and then re-seal it and toss it back in the freezer. So I always have fresh diced peppers available. I have diced onions, too, for the same reason. I am planning on prepping entire meals that can be put in individual bags, frozen, and later tossed into the crock pot on the day. So, one or two days of intense prep and then none needed for weeks and weeks.
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@Fleura (6196)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov
@Rollo1 That sounds very useful. Mostly I just put left-overs into those plastic 'Tupperware'-type tubs, or else into zip-lock plastic freezer bags.
@Tampa_girl7 (21649)
• United States
6 Dec
I'm blessed that my son does much of the cooking. It is so nice to have him help me.
@GardenGerty (91020)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Nov
I have not used a vacuum sealer, as I have always wondered if it would be something useful for me. This is an excellent illustration. Other people do a lot of the prep so that is how I do Thanksgiving.