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There’s a lot to be thankful for this time of year, but prepping a full Thanksgiving meal might not make your list. Luckily, our friends in Child Nutrition have a few cooking tips to make this year’s time in the kitchen a piece of pie. 

And, if you like any of these cooking tips, remember that your child has access to food made by the many hands of Childhood Nutrition– and they might have access to that food for free or at a reduced price, which you can sign up for at any time. Find out if your family can receive free or reduced lunch on the MySchoolApps website.

How to thaw your turkey you’ve forgotten to thaw

Have no fear if you’re late to the table on prepping your main course. Here’s how to salvage your turkey dinner:

  • Thaw your frozen turkey under cold running water. This method is the safest way to thaw your turkey quickly.
  • Keep it refrigerated until you are ready to put it in the oven.
  • Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature at the thickest part of the bird reaches 165.

Make gluten-free cornstarch gravy from your turkey drippings

 A bad Thanksgiving postmortem can make you quit cold turkey on leftovers, but there are many ways to make incredible meals to last you weeks later. Here’s how to make a rich gravy for future meals:

  • Save two cups of turkey drippings. You can use some of the fat from the drippings if you like, or use about two tablespoons of butter.
  • Boil the drippings and fat/butter together.
  • Mix two tablespoons of cornstarch in another bowl with ¼ cup water or milk until it is smooth.
  • Stir the cornstarch in a slow drizzle into the boiling broth.
  • Once the broth thickens, turn down the heat and let it simmer a little.
  • Add a bit of poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder.
  • Taste it through the seasoning process to ensure you’ve got something delicious.

Blend Thanksgiving Ingredients into a Leftover Pie

Instead of piling your fridge up with a dozen leftover containers, put together your leftover pie, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberries. 


Spare your Makeup

If you don’t want to cry (and ruin your Thanksgiving makeup) when you cut onions, wear ski goggles– you might look like you’ve gone off the deep end, but you’ll look fin-tastic afterward.

Happy holidays, and enjoy your Thanksgiving break!

Spencer Tuinei
  • Communication Specialist
  • Spencer Tuinei