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19 Thanksgiving Hacks To Make Hosting The Holiday A Breeze

1. Forget scrubbing potatoes…get your dishwasher to do it for you!

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2. Rock the cranberry sauce in the microwave.

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3. Use vegetables that you don’t need to peel, like roasted squash.

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4. Use make-ahead recipes that you can make days before and heat up the day of, like this Butternut Squash Gratin.

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5. Or these make-ahead dinner rolls.

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6. Use it for the mashed potatoes.

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7. Bake sweet or regular potatoes in them.

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8. Green bean casserole.

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9. Even dessert can be made in it, like a gingerbread pudding cake.

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10. You might want to sit down for this…you can even cook the whole turkey in your slow cooker!

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11. Never have bland gravy again by adding a little wine.

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12. Table way too crowded? Serve your meal buffet-style instead to make room.

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13. Do your chopping a couple days before and label them.

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14. Using tongs is a quick and easy way to get a beautifully crimped pie crust.

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15. Pastry not your forte? Make a cream cheese pie crust–you don’t have to worry about over-mixing!

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16. Peel garlic effortlessly with two bowls and a bit of shaking.

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17. If peeling potatoes makes you want to give up, try using the ice water method, which you can see here.

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18. Save time on cleanup by using waxed paper instead of a floured surface when rolling out a pie crust

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19. Don’t bother wrestling with the pastry knife for the pie crust; try grating frozen butter and tossing it with your flour mixture. You won’t believe how easy it is.

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