5 Tips for Organizing Your Fridge for Thanksgiving
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner; which means your fridge is about to get a workout. Get it ready for turkey day with these simple steps.
There’s a lot to think about when planning a Thanksgiving feast. What dishes should you make beforehand? How many place settings will you need? Is Uncle Frank going to cause a scene? Check at least one thing off your list by ensuring your fridge is ready for all that extra food.
A clean and organized fridge will take away some of the stress of hosting a big holiday meal. Here are five of our favorite tips for prepping your fridge for Thanksgiving—and be sure to check out our guide for keeping your fridge organized year-round.
2 Weeks Before: Clean Out The Fridge
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1 Week Before: Eat Up
Once you’ve thrown away any expired items, naturally you’ll still have leftovers and other everyday items in the fridge as the days tick closer to Thanksgiving. A week before the big day, it’s a good idea to try to consume as much food in the fridge and freezer as possible to make extra room. And if that means more than one dinner that week is made up of leftovers, so be it. Here are some creative ways to turn leftovers into new meals.
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3 or 4 Days Before: Make Room for Turkey
Most frozen turkeys require at least three days to thaw in the fridge, you might need more if you plan to brine your bird. Set aside space for the turkey by adjusting shelves and moving as many items as you can into the refrigerator doors. Remember to thaw the turkey in a container to avoid any cross contamination. Get more tips for how to thaw a turkey.
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1 Day Before: Use Labels
It’s probable that your fridge is probably already close to overflowing the day before Thanksgiving. If there are any prepped items or dishes that have been made ahead of time, consider labeling them with simple fridge-safe labels. That way when family members are helping you in the kitchen, they’ll know exactly where to find the green bean casserole or sweet potatoes when it’s time to pop them in the oven.
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Thanksgiving Day: Move the Drinks
It’s go time! Thanksgiving day is when you finally get to start taking things out of the fridge to prepare for the feast. During the hustle and bustle of last-minute touches, you’ll want guests looking for chilled beverages to be out of the way. Consider creating a drink station in another part of the house, and moving the drinks into a cooler or ice bucket to clear up fridge space and minimize kitchen traffic. Psst! Here are a few Thanksgiving drink recipes to try.