5 Ways to Spend Less Time in the Kitchen This Thanksgiving

If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, you know that planning is key! In fact, having a good plan means you get to spend time enjoying dinner, too. This year, throw in some extra preparation, and time-saving appliances, and you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time where it matters most: at the table with family and friends. 


1. Prep, Prep, Prep the Day Before

Use the day before Thanksgiving to get as much prep done as you possibly can. Brine your turkey (if you haven’t already), boil potatoes, and peel and chop all of your vegetables. You can also make the cranberry sauce and even assemble most of your sides and refrigerate them for cooking the next day.

2. Don’t Wait Around for the Oven to Preheat

No matter how much planning and prepping you do, Thanksgiving tends to be a chaotic day (even if it’s good chaos). If things get off to a late start in the kitchen, a quick preheat feature can help you catch up. With the Frigidaire Gallery®, the oven is ready to go in just minutes, helping you get your Thanksgiving dinner ready on time even when things run behind.

3. Maximize Your Oven Space

This is where that planning comes in handy! With a turkey, sides, bread, pies and more, it’s important to know who’s going to need the oven when and at what temperature. And since the turkey needs to rest for a while before it’s carved, you can use that time to warm casseroles and other side dishes. If you have a double oven, like the Frigidaire Gallery® Double Electric Wall Oven, even better. Two separate oven compartments mean you can have two temperatures going, and four racks offer enough room for everything — even your crazy aunt Barb’s weird sauerkraut casserole. The best part? Everything comes out of the oven at the same time, evenly-cooked and delicious! 

4. Use a Meat Thermometer to Keep Things Cooking

Did you know that every time you open the oven to check the turkey’s temperature, you let out warm air, dropping the oven temp and adding cook time to your Thanksgiving dinner? Use a remote digital thermometer — or even better an oven equipped with an internal temperature probe, like the Frigidaire Gallery® Freestanding Electric Range — that will let you know exactly when that bird is cooked to perfection (which is 165ºF, by the way).

5. Take Advantage of Your Oven’s Warming Feature

Once your Thanksgiving dishes are done, it’s important to keep them warm until you’re ready to serve. The FDA recommends keeping cooked dishes at an internal temperature of 140ºF or higher. So, whether you’re waiting on a straggler who’s running late with the stuffing or you want to mingle with your guests over some drinks before the meal, a keep warm feature will ensure you won’t have to run into the kitchen every five minutes to make sure your holiday feast isn’t burning. 


If you’re looking for an oven that can help you be more efficient this Thanksgiving, and all year long, look no further than the Frigidaire Gallery® Double Electric Wall Oven and the Frigidaire Gallery® Freestanding Electric Range. These time-saving appliances feature Quick Pre-Heat, True Convection, and One-Touch Keep Warm settings.