Thanksgiving Shortcuts: 5 Things to Buy to Help Save You Time

Thanksgiving Shortcuts: 5 Things to Buy to Help Save You Time

Cambria Bold
Nov 17, 2014
(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

Starting to freak out over Thanksgiving? STOP. Stop it right now. First of all, take a look at our 10-day timeline to catch your breath. Feel better? If you're still anxious, don't feel guilty about taking a shortcut ... or five.

Here are five things that are perfectly fine to buy to speed your day along, especially when you have the whole meal to prepare!

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5 Things to Buy to Save You Time This Thanksgiving

1. Prepped vegetables

Save your sanity and buy prepped items like peeled garlic and chopped squash. You'd do it for a regular dinner party, so why not do it for the biggest dinner party of the year?

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2. Appetizers

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: don't bother making Thanksgiving appetizers from scratch. You have enough to worry about, so buy some nice cheese and crackers and call it a day.

3. Pie crust

Yes, you can certainly make a pie entirely from scratch, but when you're pressed for time, save yourself a step and buy a pre-made pie crust. Faith has had great experiences with Trader Joe's frozen pie crusts.

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4. Rolls

Some families love their homemade bread and rolls, but others have no such traditions. If rolls are off to the side on your Thanksgiving table, why make them yourself? Get thee to your local bakery and avail yourself of their baking expertise!

5. Boxed broth

Don't have any homemade broth in the freezer? Don't worry about it. Boxed is fine for Thanksgiving needs such as dressing, gravy, and basting the turkey. (Check out this article on which brands are the best.)

What are your recommended Thanksgiving shortcuts? Any ingredients or dishes you buy to save yourself time?

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