5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Cooking Easier

Cooking for a crowd on Thanksgiving is stressful. But products at your local grocery store can make your turkey day easy without sacrificing that delicious, home-baked taste.

Have an easier time in the kitchen this holiday season by trying out these techniques:

Use a Refrigerated Pie Crust

Refrigerated pie crusts couldn’t be easier to use. Simply set the pie crust out 15 minutes before you want to use it. Then, unroll the crust and press it into your favorite pie dish. If your pie filling needs to be cooked, simply place it right in the crust and bake it in the oven according to your recipe suggestions. If your filling doesn’t need to be cooked, simply bake the pie crust at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until it is golden brown.

Buy Bagged Salad

Save all that time chopping and instead place a few bagged salads into your favorite salad bowl. No one will ever know the difference between bagged kale and kale you spent precious minutes dicing up.

Prioritize Your Sides

Do you make stellar mashed potatoes, but only so-so cranberry sauce? Your local grocery store likely sells the sides you need to complete your table. Cook the sides you enjoy making or excel at cooking, and let someone else take care of the rest of the items on the table. Just be sure to place your order far in advance of Thanksgiving to ensure you have the items you need.

Use Steam-in-the-Bag Veggies

Oven space is valuable on Thanksgiving. Instead of roasting all your vegetables, buy frozen, steam-in-the-bag veggies instead. From green beans to Brussels sprouts to sweet potatoes, you can find these vegetables in your grocery store’s frozen section. You simply place them in the microwave and cook according to the package instructions. After they are steamed, toss them with a delicious sauce and place them in a serving dish.

Harris Teeter in Blue Ridge Shopping Center has all the Thanksgiving dishes and shortcuts you need for a happier, easier holiday. Stop by today to order your Thanksgiving sides, find delicious convenience products and more.