DEFROST YOUR BIRD: Think your turkey only needs a day or two to defrost? Wrong. A 20-pound bird can take five days to thaw out in the refrigerator. Plan on one day for every 4 pounds of turkey, and finish defrosting the day before roasting.
SHOP AND STORE: Buy vegetables that store well: onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, and winter squash.
COOK AND FREEZE: There’s no reason to leave all the cooking to Thursday. Much of it can be done in advance.
- Prepare and freeze any soups you might have on the menu. Most soups actually taste better made in advance, when their flavors have had a chance to meld.
- You can also prepare pie dough and some types of pies.
- Make and freeze gravy.