I cooked my first turkey when I was 17 years old. It was intimidating, but a proud moment after all was said and done. I was a new mother & wife and we couldn’t live farther away from family at the time. I remember calling my mom and grandma countless times, asking all sorts of questions to make sure I was doing it right. And even as proud as I was, there was a moment that was more special that day. My husband invited one of his coworkers to our home for Thanksgiving. He didn’t have anywhere to go, no family, and definitely no home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to eat. My husband has always been a very thoughtful & kind man, still is. As soon as they finished up their day of work (cows don’t know it’s Thanksgiving), they headed in to enjoy some football and food. Looking back, I now see that my husband is so much like his mother.
We have cooked our turkeys various ways over the years and probably prefer the oil-less turkey fryer method the best, but today I want to share my favorite tips for cooking your turkey and preparing your Thanksgiving day. Remember, as nice as it is to present a beautiful table setting, all that really matters is who you’re sharing the day with and the moments you are creating, together.
I have learned over the years that the turkey does matter and will always recommend Butterball turkeys. I recommend that you buy a bigger turkey than you think you will need. I say this for two reasons:
- You never know what extra mouths you may end up feeding and it’s always better to have more than not enough.
- You can have some great turkey leftovers and we all know, the last thing we want to do after Thanksgiving, is cook.
If you want to truly set it and forget it, buy the Reynolds Oven bags and a thermometer. I love the bags. You can butter your turkey all up, stick in the bag, and walk away. Keep the thermometer in there so you’ll know when it’s done. I always say to just leave the turkey alone. Don’t poke it. You can pour some juices over it once or twice but just leave it alone and let it roast.
Instead of slaving over everything, ask family to bring a side or dessert. This will ease your workload and pile up the table with plenty to eat.
Chances are, you’ll get a tiny bit stressed making sure everything is done on time. This can also make you a bit more snappy so I’m telling you to slow down and don’t stress out. The food will be done when it’s done. Enjoy all the moments you can and don’t let the lazy bones watching football annoy you by their lack of participation.
Finally, and what it’s really all about, be thankful. Be thankful for the food on the table, for the company you have, and count each blessing in your life. Ask everyone to share their own thankful moments and when you’re sitting around feeling full as a tick, thank God for the day ’cause you’ll never get it back and tomorrow is unexpected.
BUTTERBALL TURKEY CHECK GIVEAWAY
To help your pocketbook this holiday season, I want to giveaway 3 $20 checks to help you buy that perfect turkey!
Leave a comment on this post sharing your best (or even secret) tip for Thanksgiving preparation. (You may do this once a day as long as the tip is different each time.)
Be sure to visit the fabulous sponsor, Butterball! They’re on Facebook, Twitter, and keep their 800# handy to help you answer all your turkey questions. 1-800-BUTTERBALL They also have an awesome app, Butterball Cookbook Plus, to help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving, including recipes that will become a family tradition.
While sharing through social media doesn’t get you an entry, I’d still love for you to share this post. All the tips left in the comments will definitely help someone have the perfect Thanksgiving! Giveaway ends on Nov. 11th, around 10pm CST so that I’ll have time to send checks out!! Open to US only..sorry! Good luck to all! Thank you Butterball for sponsoring and for helping create memorable moments.