5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

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It’s never too early to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving, especially if you’re hosting. Here are effective ways to make sure your kitchen is ready for a Thanksgiving feast.

November can be one of the most hectic times of the year, and we all know the main reason: Thanksgiving. We love Thanksgiving, and we always look forward to spending quality time with our family and friends. However, we can’t also deny it’s a stressful holiday to prepare, from decorating your home, preparing the menu, and making sure everything in your kitchen is ready for the biggest cooking of the year.

Today, we’ll be sharing easy ways to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving. Trust us, the small things can make a big difference in preparing the meals and making the heart of your home ready for the holiday festivities.

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Clean Out Your Fridge and Freezer

The first step to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving is to clean out your fridge and freezer and make space for the ingredients you need for your Thanksgiving dinner, like turkey since it takes up a lot of room. It’s best to plan ahead and, if possible, shuffle around the contents of your fridge to find a place for it.

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Take Inventory of the Ingredients You Already Have

One of the important tips to save money and prevent wasting food is to take inventory of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. You don’t want to buy ingredients you already have. Once you’ve planned out your Thanksgiving menu, make a list of the ingredients you need and a list of what you have in the pantry. Cross-check it if you have them or make a note to buy more if you’re expecting to serve a large number of guests. Further, it’s also a good time to clean your pantry and toss out expired items and donate items to charities.

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Get Your Equipment Ready

The next step to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving is to clean your kitchen appliances or equipment to be used to cook your Thanksgiving dinner, like your oven. This is also a good time to buy any gadgets or tools to help you prepare the big Thanksgiving dinner.

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Declutter Your Countertops

It’s important to create a clean kitchen to lessen the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving dinner. Declutter your kitchen’s countertops and only place items you’ll need. You can always redecorate it after the holiday.

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Replace Your Sponge

It might be a small but effective step to prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving. Since you’ll be cooking for several days, bacteria can breed in the sponge and contaminate your kitchen. If you can’t replace your sponge every after use, regularly cleaning it and letting it dry is the best alternative.

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