Thanksgiving Planner: 3 Days to Go

Three days until Thanksgiving. Are you ready?

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Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner

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Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey Stuffing Veggies and Potatos

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We’re in the final countdown and you’ve got this! Everything is under control. Right? We’ve put together everything that has to happen over the next few days so you can spend Thanksgiving enjoying time with friends and family.



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3 Days Out

Defrost your turkey in the refrigerator over the course of the next three days. When it’s defrosted (or if you're starting with a fresh bird) you can start the flavoring process with a simple dry or wet brine.

Shop for perishable ingredients like vegetables and any fresh herbs. To store, wrap herbs in a damp paper towel and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Be prepared for leftovers. Make sure you have enough storage containers or plastic resealable bags to send everyone home with something tasty.

2 Days Before

It’s time to get cooking! Things like cranberry sauce, pie crusts and pies can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

Ree Drummond - Host prepares mashed potatoes, chicken fried steak and marinated tomato salad during episode 1 as seen on Food Network's Pioneer Woman Season 1.

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The Day Before Thanksgiving

Make re-heatable side dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing (unbaked), and store in the refrigerator overnight. You can also make cornbread or rolls -- when you're ready to eat, brush with a little bit of butter, wrap in foil and reheat in the oven. If you have spare time today, wash and cut vegetables to save yourself the effort tomorrow.


This is what you’ve been prepping for! Get the turkey in the oven (follow Alton’s turkey tips here). Make the last few dishes and get ready for the fun to begin.

Run into any issues as you go? Don’t sweat it. Find the answer to your Thanksgiving fails here. Or run out to the grocery store and doctor up something store-bought.

Don’t let anything go to waste! Have a plan for how you’ll use everything up.

Connect at the dinner table and promote family-friendly conversation with Food Network’s conversation starters on Alexa-enabled devices. Get some laughs and maybe even start a new tradition at the table. Just say, “Launch Food Network” to get started.

Now go forth and spend time with friends and family, knowing that all of your hard pre-work paid off.

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