Food & Nutrition

Your Official Thanksgiving Timeline to Get Ready for the Big Day

Thanksgiving Day morning

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Preheat the oven and get your turkey started. A large bird can take up to four hours to cook. While the turkey is in the oven, prepare any remaining side dishes. You’ll also want to make sure the dishwasher is empty, so any dirty dishes and cookware can go straight in.

Just before guests arrive

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Your house smells delicious, the table looks great, and most the food is either prepared, cooking, or ready to be heated as soon as the turkey’s out of the oven—congrats! You’re in the final stretch of your Thanksgiving timeline. Pour a glass of wine and arrange your appetizers. Hosts, make sure to do these 11 little things before guests arrive.

While the turkey rests

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Once your bird is out of the oven, begin to heat or reheat your side dishes. Tip: Consider this process while you plan your meal and look for recipes that use the same oven temperature. That way, they can all cook at the same time.

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