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Welcome to Life As A Strawberry Thanksgiving HQ!
(aka your one-stop-thanksgiving-shop aka THE TURKEY DAY THUNDERDOOOOOME)
We’ve compiled our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, tips and resources (check out our all-new Thanksgiving Planner aka your new Thanksgiving BFF below), and our favorite kitchen equipment in one handy-dandy place to help YOU achieve Total Turkey Day World Domination (TTDWD, if you will). Ready? GO!
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FIRST THINGS FIRST: GRAB OUR (FREE!) THANKSGIVING PLANNING WORKSHEETS:
We get it. Hosting Thanksgiving can be overwhelming, and it can feel like a TON of work. That’s why we put together a SUPER DUPER DETAILED Thanksgiving Planner Workbook for you! The planner is TOTALLY FREE for Life As A Strawberry email subscribers (wahoo!) and we’ll walk you through everything from time management to menu planning to grocery-list-making to getting everything on the table at the same time.
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HOW TO COOK A THANKSGIVING TURKEY
We haven’t put up our own Thanksgiving Turkey 101 guide (YET!) but these resources have you covered for all things turkey-ing:
- Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Turkey (Covers everything from what size turkey to buy, to fresh vs. frozen, to the differences between types of turkeys – via The Kitchn)
- All About Buying Turkey (Covers turkey types, when to buy your turkey, and the deal with those pop-up timers – via Epicurious)
- How to Dry Brine a Thanksgiving Turkey (a great how-to guide with step-by-step photos and video from Cassie over at Wholefully!)
- Chipotle Citrus Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe & Guide (a recipe from my friend Isabel at Isabel Eats – perfect if you’re looking for something a little different and full of tips to choose, defrost, and roast the perfect turkey!)
- Looking for some stuffing inspiration? Check out this comprehensive guide to all things stuffing from Buzzfeed.
A heavy-duty, professional quality potato ricer – see a full review in Mashed Potatoes 101!
A classic roasting pan for your Thanksgiving turkey!
One of our favorite oven thermometers – oven-safe, so you can leave it in the oven and see exactly when your turkey is done!
A simple instant read thermometer that folds up for easy storage or for keeping in an apron pocket.
A compact thermometer with a protective case that shows proper cooking temperatures for different types of meat.
Our favorite finishing salt! Sprinkle a bit of this on finished dishes or add it to a cheese plate for an extra pop of flavor.
One of our favorite high-quality butters. Creamy, rich, and perfect for Thanksgiving baking. Learn more in Mashed Potatoes 101!
Ditch the disposable plastic bags and use a stasher bag instead (we LOVE these)! They’re freezer-, heat-, and DISHWASHER-SAFE and have an airtight seal. In a variety of colors and sizes.
The best can opener ever. We buy it for everyone. Comfy grip, easy to use, magnetic lid lifter to keep everything tidy.
Swap the plastic wrap for reusable beeswax wrap! Warm a sheet up in your hands for a few seconds, then stick it on top of bowls or use to wrap leftover cheeses and veggies. Easily washed with a bit of cold water.
A NOTE ABOUT THANKSGIVING.I love Thanksgiving (FOOD! FRIENDS! GRATITUDE! YAY!) but it’s important to remember that this holiday is often especially difficult for food-insecure families, and that it goes hand in hand with some terrible truths about U.S. history.
As you celebrate, I encourage you to also take the time to learn about & support organizations working to correct the inequalities in our food system and our country – even if it’s uncomfortable at times.
Here are some resources I’ve found helpful as I do my own work to be a more effective ally:
- 7 thoughtful ways to be an ally to Native Americans on Thanksgiving (and beyond) – a good starting point for anyone wondering how to meaningfully support indigenous populations via Mashable
- Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving? – a short essay and collection of Thanksgiving stories & perspectives from Native contributors across the country via Dennis Zotigh for The National Museum of the American Indian
- A Thanksgiving Message from Seven Amazing Native Americans – a series of short essays and stories from Project 562
- Organizations to support: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center & The American Indian College Fund
And here are some resources I recommend if you’d like to help families struggling with hunger this holiday season. If you’re able to donate, wonderful – and if not, these organizations still provide great resources to help you get involved (PS – you can read more about my graduate work on hunger & stigma here):
- Feeding America – The nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. They work with food banks and community programs across the country and are especially quick to mobilize hunger relief after natural disasters.
- Friendsgiving for No Kid Hungry – Turn your Thanksgiving feast into a fundraiser for No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit that provides food & programming to help the 1 in 6 American children who face hunger. Sign up to host your own dinner and they’ll give you all the tools you need!
- Community Servings & their Pie in the Sky Fundraiser – This Boston-based organization delivers more than 650,000 medically-tailored meals each year to patients living with critical illnesses who are unable to cook for themselves. (They also made an appearance on the At The Table Podcast!)
- A note: Charities tend to have a LOT of hands on deck at Thanksgiving. If you’d like to volunteer, call a week or two ahead and ask if they need the help. Don’t just show up – too many people can actually make it a lot harder to run a community meal, especially if you have to train people (when we served Thanksgiving dinners at community food programs, we prepared and trained WEEKS ahead of time and honestly just didn’t have time to get people up to speed day-of). This is especially true on Thanksgiving, when the number of people can be already totally overwhelming. If you’re able, consider making a donation or signing up to volunteer during the rest of the year.