Thanksgiving is a great time for families but it can be nuts if your the designated cook. In this month’s issue of Metro Parent, learn how to perfectly portion your stuffing, barbecue your bird and even how to keep your apples crisp and fresh. And if you’ve got a life hack that other parents just need to know, tell us about it! You could win $25 and a spot in an issue of Metro Parent.
No More Brown Slices
A wash of lemon juice can help neutralize that icky apple-slice oxidization. Or try Serious Eats’ winner: a 10-minute saltwater bath (1/2 teaspoon kosher salt – very mild – per cup of water). Drain, rinse and eat whenever.
It’s smart and fun to say. Pack the famed Thanksgiving side into standard muffin tins, mounding at the tops, and bake for perfect portions. Not to mention crispiness.
Petite Pumpkin Pies
Props to the Baked in Arizona blog here. This mom of three takes a 2-inch biscuit cutter to a giant Costco (we won’t tell) pie and pops out cute circles. Cap ’em with whipped cream and pumpkin spice and serve in cupcake wrappers.
DIY Mini Fridge
Got a cooler? Ice up the Igloo Nov. 24 to hold smaller items – or guests’ beverages – freeing up valuable refrigerator real estate.
You’re no turkey. If you’re feeling brave about the bird, consider a new method. Some swear by slow cookers. We spotted a BBQ beaut on the grill. Or, if you’re super daring, try baking one in a woven blanket … of bacon.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.