Here are tips and tricks to help you get through all your holiday festivities with less stress and more fun.
Not a Fan of Dark Meat?
Dark meat tends to be an acquired taste that many people haven’t acquired. Some shun it for health reasons while others just prefer the taste of white meat. If you find yourself with more dark meat leftovers than you know what to do with each year, just skip it all together. Instead of a whole bird make two bone-in skin on turkey breasts.
Bake and Chill
The day of the big meal tends to be hectic. Timing everything just right and having it all ready at the same time can be stressful, especially if you are making most of the dishes from scratch. Save time and aggravation by making what you can ahead of time and freezing it.
If you find your bird is a little dry after cooking, revive it with a little turkey broth. Heat up ¼ to ½ cup of broth, depending
on how dry it is, and pour it over sliced pieces on a serving platter.
Skip the Vegetable Peeler
Don’t waste your time peeling potatoes. An easy trick is to boil the potatoes with skin on until soft. Put the potatoes in a bowl of ice water for 10 seconds. Rub the skin of the potatoes with both hands; it will slide right off.
Buttermilk tends to be the most frequently forgotten holiday ingredient. If you find yourself without buttermilk at the last minute, you can use a couple of substitutes. Yogurt or sour cream thinned with a little milk should do the trick. Milk with a spoonful of white vinegar or lemon juice
will also work nicely.