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Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner by Joe Kissell

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Appendix C: Last-Minute Thanksgiving

 

The key to the process I describe in this book is preparation: having all your ducks—I mean turkeys—in a row long before Thanksgiving Day. But stuff happens. If Thanksgiving is only 1 or 2 days away and you haven’t done any of the preliminary steps, don’t panic. All is not lost, but you’ll have to take serious action. Here are my recommendations for each dish, including tips for emergencies that may arise during an otherwise smooth cooking experience.

Turkey

You might encounter any of several turkey situations.

You have a frozen turkey: Turkeys should defrost in the refrigerator for 4 days or so, but if you don’t have that long, you can accelerate the process by soaking the turkey in a large bucket of cold water ...

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