If your shopping pulse races at the thought of post-Thanksgiving sales, heads up! The better prepared you are, the more likely you'll score the items on your list on Friday--at the price you want to pay.
To make your list and plan your shopping strategy as information comes to light, try our free printable Black Friday sales planner:
When cooking for the Thanksgiving feast, plan to double or triple amounts for any freezer-friendly dishes, and tuck the extras into the freezer for later use.
Good freezer candidates include unbaked pie shells, unbaked pies, unbaked stuffing and--surprise!--mashed potatoes. Doubling up when you cook for Thanksgiving will ease the kitchen load in the weeks ahead!
Cook once, feast twice ... for an organized holiday season.
What's a holiday cook's best friend? Disposable food storage containers--and their convenient cousins, zipper food storage bags.
In the holiday kitchen, disposable containers hold baked goods for giving, keep leftovers in order and line up for mise-en-place duty during holiday cooking sessions. Lightweight and inexpensive, they nest neatly and travel well to new homes. Best of all, holiday themes and colors make a simple cookie gift more festive.
Take a moment today to check stocks of food storage containers and zipper bags.
Need more? Add them to the shopping list and be on the lookout for holiday-themed containers at sale prices in coming weeks.
A stockpile of frozen dinners is a seasonal stress-buster during the month of December. This week, add a few ready-to-cook meals to the freezer to prepare for the busy weeks ahead.
Whether you try traditional once-a-month cooking methods, buy premade meals at the warehouse store, or pay a visit to one of the new freezer cooking franchises, setting aside a stock of easy family dinners will cut stress during the Christmas season.