Preparing for Thanksgiving is quite the process. You must make sure you have enough food for everyone and beds for guests visiting from out of town. You might stock up on playing cards and board games for family-friendly entertainment, and let’s not forget all the pre-guest house cleaning.
Would you believe that recovering after Thanksgiving could be even more tiring? After all, your kitchen has taken a hit, what with all the extra food preparation needed while guests were in town. Follow these tips to help your kitchen recover just in time for Christmas!
Fun Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas
There are only so many turkey sandwiches you can have after Thanksgiving. When you crave something different, try these fun turkey leftover ideas:
- Turkey Bolognese Sauce: Use up a pound of leftover dark meat to create a delicious Bolognese sauce served over spaghetti noodles for a refreshingly different taste from traditional Thanksgiving leftovers.
- Turkey and Stuffing Waffles: You’ve heard of turkey and waffles, but by making the waffles out of stuffing, you use up even more of your leftovers with this creative brunch idea for the day after Thanksgiving.
- Turkey Waldorf Salad: Crunchy, sweet, and savory, this classic American salad is the perfect way to use up leftover turkey, celery, and pecans. You can even replace the grapes in the recipe with cranberries for an extra festive touch.
Restoring Damaged Pots and Pans
Thanksgiving is perhaps the most hectic cooking day of the year. While you were peeling potatoes, tending to the turkey, and prepping pumpkin pie, you might have forgotten to stir the rice stuffing on the stove, burning the dish and ruining your favorite pan. But is it really ruined?
To remove burned-on food, try adding a little water and white vinegar to the pan and bringing it to a boil. Take the pan off the burner and pour in some baking soda. Let the concoction sit until the pan is cool enough to handle. Then, pour out the water and scrub the pan with more baking soda and hot water. This should clean and restore your pan.
Recycling Tips After Thanksgiving
Unfortunately, you can’t save all the items that become damaged on Thanksgiving. Follow these recycling tips if you need to dispose of various things:
- Pots and pans: If that stuck-on food just won’t come off, you can take your beat up pots and pans to a recycling center. Make sure you place them in the correct bins for aluminum, steel, or copper. (To distinguish between aluminum and steel, hold a magnet to the pot. It won’t stick to aluminum.)
- Metal utensils: You can take these to a recycling center as well. Just remember to remove the handles and accents before throwing them into metal recycling bins. (Plastic and silicone utensils must go in the trash.)
- Glass cookware: If your Pyrex dish becomes cracked, it needs to be thrown away. This special glass has a different melting temperature than glass bottles, so it can’t be recycled.
- Aluminum turkey roasting tins and pie plates: In theory, aluminum foil is a perfect recycling candidate, but not if it’s covered in grease. Wash disposable cookware thoroughly, and then either recycle it or reuse it in your kitchen.
- Gourds and pumpkins: These live decorations make great additions to your compost bin when you’re done enjoying them for the season. You can also compost ears of corn, dried leaves, and fresh flowers when you’re finished with them.
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