There are so many ways to save money on groceries throughout the year. However, at Thanksgiving time, there are some tips and tricks you can use to help you save more!
Save on Thanksgiving foods:
To attract new customers, grocery stores will reduce the prices of foods that people buy for Thanksgiving, (such as: baking supplies, broths and gravy and you guessed it: cranberries!) If you use coupons when purchasing these items that are already on sale, you will save a lot of money. So stock up!
Clip your coupons:
Grocery coupons do not come in the Sunday paper that comes out the weekend before Thanksgiving. Be sure to clip all of the coupons you will need in the 3-4 weeks before Thanksgiving. You can also print coupons from online to use for your Thanksgiving grocery shop.
Again: Stock up:
Stock up on your baking supplies, including butter and margarine. Freeze it for Christmas!
Thanksgiving Meal Planing Tips
There can be a lot to do the day before Thanksgiving! We can actually begin to prepare for the big meal. Desserts can always be made the day before we need them. Here are some ideas to help us get organized the day before Thanksgiving:
With all of the cooking required for Thanksgiving day, no one wants to have to make a big dinner the day before! Try one of these crockpot recipes for the day before Thanksgiving:
Crockpot Beef Stew
- 2 lbs. stew beef (comes cubed)
- 3 carrots, cut into small round slices
- 3 potatoes, cut into small chunks
- 2 cans of cream of celery soup
- Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
- Steak sauce
Boil beef in a pot with water on the stove for 20 minutes.
To crockpot add 3 cups of water and steak sauce and spices to taste.
Add beef and veggies into crockpot.
Add soup to the crockpot. Stir.
Set on low for 5 hours.
Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or even pasta! You can eat it as is without a starch if you would like as well.
This would be great for snacking on throughout the day:
- 1 pound of sausage patties (breakfast) or turkey sausage, ground beef, chicken or turkey
- 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 can rotel tomatoes
Cook meat on stove.
Add meat, cheese and salsa in crockpot.
Simmer and eat with tortilla chips
Now, for the big day! Try making one of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes the day before Thanksgiving. Most desserts taste just as good if not better the day after they are baked:
Coconut Custard Pie
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup of butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1½-2 cups of sweetened coconut
- ½ cup of Bisquick
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Spray an 8-inch, glass pie plate with butter spray.
Mix milk, sugar, Bisquick, eggs, butter and vanilla for about 3 minutes.
Pour mix into your pie plate.
Sprinkle coconut over the top.
Bake for about 40 minutes. Top will be brown.
Eat warm or refrigerate.
Ice Box Cake (Not really a cake at all)
- 2 boxes of chocolate pudding (not instant)*
- 1 box vanilla pudding (not instant)
- 1 box of graham crackers
Line a 9×13 pan with graham crackers. You will have to break some into smaller squares to cover the bottom of the pan.
Cook 1 box of chocolate pudding (according to the box directions).
Pour over graham layer.
Put another layer of graham crackers over chocolate pudding.
Cook vanilla pudding.
Pour over grahams.
Place another layer of grahams over vanilla pudding.
Cook last box of chocolate pudding.
Pour over graham layer.
Take a sheet of grahams and press them into crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over the top.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Overnight is best! The longer it has a chance to chill, the better it comes together.
* You can replace 1 box of chocolate pudding with a box of butterscotch pudding if you would like to.
You can also top the cake with chocolate icing after it is cool…for an even sweeter treat!
Thanksgiving morning: Get warm drinks cooking in your crockpot on Thanksgiving morning and enjoy throughout the day:
Crockpot Hot Chocolate
- 3 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 3/4 cup powdered nondairy creamer, any flavor
- 8 cups water
Combine first 4 ingredients into crockpot.
Add the water and whisk until mixture is smooth.
Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Stir before serving.
Crockpot Fruit Juice Cider
- 1 container cranapple juice
- 8 ounces orange juice
- 8 ounces pineapple juice
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a crockpot and simmer on low for 2-3 hours.
Stir each hour. Serve warm.
Let’s Talk Turkey!
National Registry of Food Safety ProfessionalsTalks Turkey with Holiday Cooks
“There’s a lot of pressure to get Thanksgiving right, and these tips will help minimize the stress and maximize the tradition,” said Larry Lynch, President of the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.
The turkey thawing process can throw a major wrench into the Thanksgiving meal preparation. And because busy Americans often forget or underestimate just how long that process takes, they’re left to make a hasty, and often unsafe, decision – electing to either thaw it on the kitchen counter at room temperature, or to thaw it using the oven.
When raw meat sits at room temperature for more than two hours, even in a frozen state, bacteria begin to grow rapidly.
Safer options include thawing a frozen bird in the refrigerator, in cold water if there’s no room in the fridge, or in the microwave if the bird will fit. Thawing Time in the RefrigeratorSize of TurkeyNumber of Days 4 to 12 pounds 1 to 3 days 12 to 16 pounds 3 to 4 days 16 to 20 pounds 4 to 5 days 20 to 24 pounds 5 to 6 days Tip – a thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
If fridge or microwave space is lacking, don’t panic. The turkey can be thawed by submerging it in cold water – just remember to change the water every 30 minutes. The following timeframes will help estimate the amount of time the turkey will take to thaw in cold water.
Thawing Time in Cold WaterSize of TurkeyHours to Defrost 4 to 12 pounds 2 to 6 hours 12 to 16 pounds 6 to 8 hours 16 to 20 pounds 8 to 10 hours 20 to 24 pounds 10 to 12 hours
When using the microwave, be sure to check the manufacturer’s guidelines. Turkey should be cooked immediately after thawing.
It’s Getting Hot in Here…
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey. A whole turkey is safe cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F throughout the bird. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. All turkey meat, including any that remains pink, is safe to eat as soon as all parts reach at least
165°F. The stuffing also should reach 165°F, whether cooked inside the bird or in a separate dish.
When turkey is removed from the oven, let it stand 20 minutes. Remove stuffing and carve turkey.
There’s nothing like turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing drenched in gravy, but the bacteria train is lying in wait if the gravy is not properly prepared. Cooks should bring gravy to a boil – not only in the original preparation, but also when re-heating the sauce to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers.
Thanksgiving meals are best when shared with friends and family. And because visitors often bring a favorite dish to share at the special celebration, transporting that sumptuous casserole safely is key. Be sure to anticipate how much time it will take to travel to your destination, and pack a cold dish in a cooler or a hot dish in an insulated or thermal bag if you’re destination is 1-3 hours away.###
About The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals: The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals develops and maintains certification examination programs in the food safety profession. National Registry is recognized internationally by the food service industry for its tests and service delivery standards and practices. More information can be found at www.nrfsp.com.
Tender Turkey Breast
- 1 turkey breast (frozen)
- 1 can of chicken broth (16 ounce)
- Olive Oil
- Seasoned salt
- Garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
Take about 2 teaspoons of each seasoning and add them into a bowl. Mix together and set aside.
Place your turkey breast in a 9 x 12-baking dish and lightly coat it with olive oil.
Take your seasoning mix and rub it over the turkey breast (cover the entire breast with seasonings).
Then, pour your can of chicken broth in the bottom of the baking dish (broth will surround your turkey breast).
- Bake your turkey at 350° according to the package directions. If turkey breast is thawed, cook for about 30 minutes or until cooked in the center.
- Let it sit for at least 10 minutes in the broth after it is cooked to allow the turkey to absorb the broth.
- Slice and leave turkey slices lying in the broth as you serve your dish.