While it may still be weeks away, it’s never too early to start preparing for Thanksgiving. So in honor of “Canadian Thanksgiving”– for those who don’t know, our friends in the North celebrate turkey day on Columbus Day – we suggest doing a little test run so there are no surprises come the big feast.
Try out the new toys
If you haven’t already bought all the necessary items, then now’s the time to get out (or online) and acquire your essentials. After all, there’s nothing worse than searching for a turkey roaster the weekend before Thanksgiving only to find out that stores are sold out!
Now is also a good time to put your previously owned tools to the test. Root vegetables won’t mash themselves, so be sure your potato masher can stand up to the job and won’t bend or break. Ditto for any other slicers, choppers and dicers.
Take a taste test
We’re not saying you need to cook the entire, 25-pound bird just for a dry run. It might mean delicious leftovers for weeks, but we suggest starting with something much smaller so you can test the seasoning, the brine (try our recipe below!) and turkey-basting techniques. However, when it comes to recipes – like pumpkin pie – that require exact measurements, you’ll want to make the whole kit & kaboodle to ensure you nail it “just so”.