10 Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Hacks That Make Prep Easy As Pie
Just another reason to be thankful this year!
This season let’s be thankful for these life-saving Trader Joe’s products that make Thanksgiving prep a breeze. Skip some steps and opt for pre-cut butternut squash, cornbread stuffing mix and premade pie crust to create your favorite holiday staples quickly, without sacrificing any flavor. You won’t want to forget these essential items on your Thanksgiving shopping list.
Cut Butternut Squash
Spare yourself the headache of carving a tough-to-cut and tedious-to-clean butternut squash. Instead, opt for pre-cut pieces that are ready to use. Transform this staple veggie into your favorite dishes like roasted butternut squash, creamy squash soup or even butternut squash mac and cheese!
Brined Bone-In Half Turkey Breast
Tasked with making the turkey this holiday? Don’t worry, Trader Joe’s brined bone-in half turkey breast will help you ensure that you serve a juicy bird that will impress the pickiest of eaters. Some swear soaking your turkey in a salt, water and spice brining solution prior to cooking will keep your bird moist and packed with flavor. However, brining your turkey requires a lot of time, patience and valuable refrigerator space. Trader Joe’s already brined turkey will make you look like a pro without even breaking a sweat!
This foolproof premade pie crust will save you time (and a mess) in the kitchen. Focus your efforts on making a stellar pumpkin or pecan pie filling to wow your crowd instead. You can even fake some imperfections in your premade crust to trick your guests into thinking you may have actually made it yourself 😉.
Making a turkey already requires plenty of TLC. Don’t worry about having perfectly stale bread to make your stuffing and instead opt for a premade Trader Joe’s mix that’ll taste equally as great inside your bird. It even comes in a gluten-free variety for your gluten-sensitive family and friends.
Never worry about having enough turkey drippings to make gravy for your entire family ever again. Instead, stock up on Trader Joe’s ready to pour, heat and serve turkey gravy so you won’t need to ration the gravy amongst your guests. You can even add more herbs and spices to suit your palate. Gravy lovers rejoice!
Spiral Sliced Uncured Ham
For those that are not too fond of turkey, spiral sliced uncured ham is always a solid alternative each year. But let’s be real, who has time to slow-roast a ham to golden perfection? Save your limited, precious oven space for cooking and warming the equally important side dishes instead.
Fried Onion Pieces
Green bean casserole isn’t complete without fried onions. Don’t skimp out this year and make sure each bite has a generous serving of crunchy onions using Trader Joe’s fried onion pieces to garnish your greens.
One Potato, Two Potato, Cheesy Potato Gratin
Potatoes are an essential part of the traditional Thanksgiving spread. However, more often than not, these taters end up served at room temperature or lack the luscious, creamy flavor we all crave. Spare yourself the embarrassment and serve an unforgettable cheesy potato gratin from Trader Joe’s that you can heat right before everyone is ready to feast.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Don’t scare away your family with canned, jellied cranberry sauce. Go for Trader Joe’s fresh cranberry sauce; your guests will thank you. This sauce features ripe, North American-grown cranberries that add a perfect tangy sweetness to balance out your decadent Thanksgiving spread.
Holiday Herb Rolls
These rolls feature herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary that smell like the holidays. Sop up your gravy with these rolls that’ll give your local baker a run for their money.