By: Delayna Fitzgerald

There’s bound to be a slew of family discussions and debate at the dinner table this thanksgiving since 2016 has been quite a whirlwind. Worry not! Here are some Hacks to make this year’s Thursday for being thankful (and all the impending discussions and debates) a little bit easier to swallow.

1. FLUFFIER MASHED POTATOES: Add a pinch or two of baking powder to mashed potatoes just before mashing for extra fluff.

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2. JUICY TURKEY: Use chicken broth to revive dry turkey.

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3. FESTIVE ICE: Freeze Cranberries over night for a more festive drink cooler.

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4. YOU FORGOT TO DEFROST: Frozen butter? No problem. Grate frozen butter into your recipe.

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5. FAST PREP: Chop and Prep your vegetables the night before to cut recipe times down. You could even go as far as setting the table the night before.

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6. RECIPES NEVER LOST OR RUINED: Tape your recipes to the cabinet to free up counter space and keep them food free. If you don’t have a printer, use a phone stand or suctioned phone holder on a proper surface to keep your phone from being baked into the pie.

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7. FLAKIER PIE CRUST: Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a single pie crust serving for flakier crust.

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8. QUICK COOKIE CUTTER: Use a glass cup as a cookie cutter for biscuits or sweet treats.

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9. OVEN READY PIES: Make all of your pies ahead of time and freeze them unbaked.

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10. WARM GRAVY: Use a coffee thermos to keep gravy warm.

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11. EVENLY COOKED TURKEY: If one part of the turkey starts to brown quicker, just cover it with foil.

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12. FREE UP FRIDGE SPACE: Put all of your condiments in an ice chest to free up fridge space.

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13. QUICK POTATO PEEL: Boil potatoes with skin on and shock them with cold water. This should make peeling a breeze.

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14. PROPER PORTIONS: Cook your stuffing in muffin tins. It’s the perfect serving size and texture which means no complaining!

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