This Thanksgiving, make a game plan to tackle some of the prep work ahead of time (see our tips here and here) and kick the can. Once I started making homemade cranberry sauce, albeit with a recipe that yielded enough of the stuff for four Thanksgivings, I couldn't believe the difference. It had chunks of real cranberry, and no indentations from the can! That's one dish that can be made days ahead of time. And while making the turkey ahead of time isn't the best plan, cleaning and slicing all of your vegetables and caramelizing onions will save you tons of time on the big day.
Will you kick the can for Thanksgiving this year?
Read more: Giving Thanks For Can-Free Cooking at NPR
Related: Thanksgiving Prep: Start Today!