Thanksgiving Meal Tips

November kicks off the holiday season with one of the most food-focused holidays of the year…Thanksgiving. We have gathered some tips from our pros on how to make your Thanksgiving a success.

The Turkey

Registered Dietitian, Nicole, recommends “holiday preparation is more than finding the right recipes and grocery shopping. During the holiday season, it’s important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Ensure that foods are kept at the correct temperature, this will keep you and your loved ones from any foodborne illness. I always recommend having an accurate food thermometer on hand.  Thanksgiving foods should be kept out of the food temperature danger zone of 40-140oF. Foods should always be thawed in the refrigerator, give yourself plenty of time to thaw your turkey!”


Leftovers are people’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, to reduce waste, have a plan. Know how many people you are hosting and prepare accordingly. If you want extra for sandwiches, soup or other weekend favorites, include that in your planning. Make sure you have space in the refrigerator, and containers to store it in. If you want to send your guests home with food, have them bring containers or pick up some extras that you don’t mind sharing. Any leftovers stored in the refrigerator should be used within a few days. If you won’t be able to use them in that time, put them straight into the freezer. Nicole says remember, “don’t forget to take care of your leftovers quickly, nothing should be left out for more than 4 hours and to be reheated in the microwave to 165oF.”