There are only a few more days until it’s Thanksgiving, which means you need to get your butt in gear. There are rolls to be buttered, turkeys to be cooked, pies to be baked and so much more. Before you begin your Thanksgiving dinner operation, we are here to tell you what is true and what is false when it comes to some of the most beloved holiday foods and how to prepare them. So grab an apron, and let’s get started!
Turkey makes you sleepy.
Fiction
You’ve probably heard someone tell you how a certain hard-to-pronounce T-word is in turkey, and that it will make you sleepy. This T-word is an amino acid called tryptophan. Turkey does contain tryptophan (trip-toe-fan), but there isn’t a significant enough amount of it to cause you to pass out. Also, when turkey is eaten with other foods, the absorption of tryptophan is reduced.
The next time Uncle Steve is blaming the innocent turkey for his mid-day snoozefest, tell him about this little myth. Drowsiness is more likely due to alcohol consumption and large meals high in carbs than because of the poor (but delicious) turkey.
Fresh cranberry sauce is better than canned cranberry sauce.
Fact
Let us explain. You may prefer the taste of one to the other, but as far as health goes, fresh cranberry sauce is much better for you. Benefits of its antioxidant properties include protection against urinary tract infections, reduction of heartburn and the control of oxidative stress in the digestive tract. That’s a lot of good stuff!
The problem with canned cranberry sauce is that it’s a processed version, which means most of the health benefits mentioned above are significantly reduced. To get all of the antioxidant power from cranberries, eat them fresh and whole. Making cranberry sauce is actually easier than you might think. Here are 19 yummy and simple recipes!
Cooking stuffing in a turkey is perfectly safe.
 
 
Fiction
Just because it’s called stuffing, it doesn’t mean you have to cook it stuffed in a turkey. While you may not always get sick from preparing stuffing this way, you are definitely increasing your risk for food poisoning.
That last thing you need is an infamous Thanksgiving dinner hosted by you, which caused everyone to get sick (your mother-in-law will never let you live that one down). For optimum safety and even cooking, cook your stuffing outside of the bird.
There is a way to decrease stress when grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.
 
 
Fact
Do yourself (and your sanity) a favor by splitting your grocery shopping into two strategic trips. The first trip can be done a full week before Thanksgiving, which is before the supermarkets get holiday crowded. During this trip get nonperishables, such as canned things, flour and sugar, spices, paper goods, etc.
Then make a second, but smaller and easier, trip the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This will make your desire to physically assault someone in the crowded aisles decrease significantly.
There isn’t a way to revive a dry turkey.
 
 
Fiction
Don’t condemn a turkey that’s on the dry side just yet. One of the best things you can do while you’re cooking the day of Thanksgiving is have a pan of homemade turkey stock or store-bought chicken stock on the back burner. Along with reviving overcooked turkey, you can also use it to loosen up gravy and moisten side dishes.
There are ways to consume alcohol during the holidays besides punches and glasses of wine.
 
 
Fact
You don’t have to be a mixologist to impress your family this Thanksgiving. Instead, try this yummy recipe from one of our very own LC family members!
 
 
Now it’s time to put down the computer and to get cookin’! Hopefully with this list, you’ll be able to accomplish your Thanksgiving dinner operation without any difficulties!
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