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Everyone here is always so nice and helpful that this has become my go to site for any questions, even non-quilting ones.  What I'm wondering this time around is...do any of you cook your Thanksgiving turkey a day ahead, then warm it on the big day in a Nesco roaster?  Any tricks or advice?  What temp do I use?  Do I reserve the drippings to keep it moist?  No one in my house likes carving the big bird, and I hate all the last minute rush when everything gets done, and needs to get on the table at the same time.  I want to simplify our gathering to make it more enjoyable without sacrificing any of the goodies we love.

Gosh, I sound lame for someone who has been doing this for over 40 years!

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Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 14, 2014 at 8:02am

I cook mine the day before and reheat the meat. Turns out great and no mess or fuss with all of the carcass, etc. on Thanksgiving.

Comment by Cheryl A on November 13, 2014 at 10:44am
My mums law always cooked a turkey the day before cut it up and put it in pan. Before warming it up she would layer large lettuce leaves over top. Cover it tightly with foil and reheat at 325. It always came out nice . Never dried out.the lettuce was never a flavour problem. Enjoy your day with family.
Comment by Pam/NY on November 13, 2014 at 8:09am

My mom use to make potato patties when we were kids...we never have any left over!!! One year our son brought 5 guys home to spend the night and fly to Jamaica for Spring break. I thought, I'd buy a 20 lb turkey and 8lbs of potatoes and really feed them good, thinking they aren't going to eat much, if there is beer to buy! Those six guys sucked that turkey to the bone and ate all of those potatoes. I'm not sure they were full!!! We laugh about that every Thanksgiving!

Comment by Barb/WI on November 13, 2014 at 7:43am

Thanks, June...I haven't had those potato patties in years! I had forgotten those as an option for leftovers.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on November 12, 2014 at 6:23pm

I have a recipe for potatoes similar to Pam's and make them a day ahead.  Leftovers keep in fridge for a week.  They are terrific to fry as potato patty.

Comment by Barb/WI on November 11, 2014 at 7:17pm

I hear you, Pam with the grandchild thing!  I fear my 3 year old GD will get hurt trying to "help" me in the kitchen.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 11, 2014 at 7:15pm

Thanks, Pam!  Great information.  I'll be printing them out, too.  My turn to cook the turkey.  I usually take the easy way out and have it smoked, so all I have to do is heat it through.  Not everyone likes the stronger smoked flavor, though, so this year I thought I'd go traditional.  

Comment by Pam/NY on November 11, 2014 at 7:09pm

When I saw other people holding my new grandson and I was stuck in the kitchen...things had to change!! lol

Comment by Barb/WI on November 11, 2014 at 6:51pm

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  I just knew I would learn a lot here.  Pam, I already printed off that recipe for the mashed potatoes.  They sound awesome!  You sound like you have this cooking and still enjoying family thing down to a science!  I am feeling so confident now that I am going to have the most relaxed Thanksgiving Day to date.  Can't wait!

Comment by Pam/NY on November 11, 2014 at 5:15pm

I keep the drippings from the turkey and make gravy and reheat that on Thanksgiving....hope this helps!

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