Preparation for Thanksgiving 2012

It might seem silly but I like to plan ahead for shopping and allow to have a complete menu, including beverages and appetizers taped to the refrigerator door so I can double check when I serve. You get very busy at the last minute and more than once I had found something left behind in the fridge later. But other than that lists to need to make sure you are ready with everything you need so here are more lists.

After the menu list I prepare:

Grocery list

Prep List

Utensil List: This means all pot, pans, measuring cups, rolling pins and baking dishes.

Tableware List  Check to see that you have enough serving dishes and utensils you need. I seem to have stuff that has disappeared so I am starting early this year so I am prepared.

So lets start with the Bill of Fare or Menu

Thanksgiving 2012

Sparkling Cider
Cranberry Juice
Cheddar & Jalapeno Cookies
7 Sours and 7 Sweets (mixed vegetables, pickles, etc)
Herb Brined Roast Turkey
Sausage & Mushroom Bread Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Sour Cream Salad
Creamed Corn
Cranberry & Pear Sauce
Cranberry Sauce
Jelled Cranberry Sauce
Candied Yam and Marshmallows Casserole
Green Bean Bake
Jell-O Raspberry Cream Cheese Mold
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie (Dutch and Regular)
Decorated Sugar Cookies


 Up to 1 month ahead:

Order fresh turkey if that is what you are using.
Make turkey stock; freeze
Make pie crusts for pumpkin and apple pies
Make apple pie; freeze

3 days ahead:

Make cranberry mold and sauce

Night before:

Defrost piecrust
Make pumpkin pie
Bake cookies
Brine turkey

8 hours before serving turkey:

Bake apple pies; cool and store at room temperature

7 ½ hours before serving turkey

Make green bean bake; refrigerate
Make yam casserole (without marshmallows, refrigerate)
Make stuffing
Make sour cream salad

5 ½ hours before serving turkey;

Roast turkey

4 hours before serving turkey:

Peel potatoes; store in cold water at room temperature
Whip cream for pies; refrigerate

When turkey done (about 45 minutes after guest arrive).

Serve drinks and cookies
Bake remaining stuffing
Bake green beans
Bake yam casserole
Place potatoes on stove, bring to boil
Make gravy; keep warm
Make cream corn

Serving Time

Unmold Jell-O
Heat rolls
Top yams with marshmallows; broil

Drain & mash potatoes

After serving turkey:

Make coffee and tea
Serve pies and cookies

 So now I need to start making a shopping list. I will begin by shopping for items I can make ahead of time and items that store well. The turkey and other items will be purchased about three days ahead so they will have time to thaw out. 

This list has items to make turkey broth which is why some items are perishable. I plan to make the broth and freeze and can some. I will most likely double the amount if I can find the turkey wings. Last year I had problems when I tried to find some a week before so I am starting early this year. The broth can be used to make soups and other dishes if I do not need it for gravy. I might try to make my own marshmallows this year to eliminate more food products with ingredients that are unfamiliar, unpronounceable, having more than 5 ingredients and that contain high-fructose corn syrup.

First shopping list:

Cheddar cheese
unsalted butter
jalapeno jelly ( I made some homemade jelly so I have already)
Cranberry juice
3 pounds turkey wings
vegetable oil
thyme, dried
bay leaf
canned green beans (canned my own)
canned sweet potatoes (canned my own)
1 can mandarin oranges
Canned peaches, spiced
canned pears, spiced (Home Canned)
piccalilli (canned)
beets, pickled (ingredients to can)
olives (green and black)
pickles (home canned)
1 large can pineapple chunks
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1 can angel coconut (I use packaged coconut)
frozen corn or canned for creamed corn
jello- 2 packages of raspberry
ground nutmeg
ground allspice
stick cinnamon

I will begin working on the other lists soon.
Tableware List

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