Are you ready for Thanksgiving? If not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with an easy to follow countdown to the big day then finish with a meal planning guide that will have you zipping through the grocery aisles (hopefully at Nutrition Smart). #shamelessplug ūüôā

Let’s start…

Countdown to the Feast

Three weeks before:

Two weeks before:

One week before:

Two days before:

One day before:

On Thanksgiving Day:

After removing the turkey from the oven:

Thanksgiving Meal Planning Guide

General guidelines will help you plan the correct amount of food to make or purchase.
thanksgiving meal planning guide

Thawing Your Turkey

Turkey Size               Refrigerator                  Cold Water
(24 hrs/4-5 pounds)      (30 min/pound)
4 to 12 pounds         1 to 3 days                      2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds       3 to 4 days                      6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds       4 to 5 days                      8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds       5 to 6 days                      10 to 12 hours

Thawing in the refrigerator:
Keep the turkey in its original wrapper. Place it on a tray or in a pan to catch any juices that may leak. A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. If necessary, a turkey that has been properly thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen.

Thawing with cold water:
Wrap your turkey securely, making sure the water is not able to leak through the wrapping. Submerge your wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed. Do not refreeze.

Want some help finding recipes? Check out our updated holiday recipe guide here.

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