From ice maker meltdowns to cooktop crises, we've all become familiar with appliance malfunctions that appear without warning. Whether you have or have not had one of these experiences, we can all agree that the worst time for them to occur is on Thanksgiving Day.
Avoid possible appliance emergencies and ensure your Thanksgiving feast flows effortlessly by following these easy tips:
Have a test run.
Check all appliances before your big day of cooking. Test your oven, cooktop, and refrigerator/freezer before everyone arrives. Doing so will provide you with more than enough time to schedule a repair if need be.
Stuff the turkey, not your fridge!
Make additional space in your refrigerator by purging things you don't need and condensing some of your stored food items. If you've overloaded your fridge, odds of it closing and properly sealing are high and your fridge's temperature will not be low... Don't run the risk of spoiling your Thanksgiving ingredients before the party starts!
Don't get burned by your cooktop or oven.
Literally and figuratively ;) Never leave your food unattended while cooking because this can lead to a fire. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby and a lid handy to smother flames that may occur on your burners. Speaking of burners... when is the last time you've used them all? Are you sure they're all functioning? If not, turn each of them on and test them out! You'll need every one of them for your Thanksgiving food prep.
Don't have a dish dilemma.
Dispose of food remnants before loading your dishes into the dishwasher. The last thing you want to be doing post-Thanksgiving feast is conquering Mount Dishmore because your dishwasher is out of commission due to a clogged drain. While clearing the remnants of your Thanksgiving feast from your plate, remember to throw those scraps into the trash instead of your garbage disposal. Avoid putting turkey bones, egg shells, or turkey grease in your kitchen sink to prevent damaging your disposal or clogging your drain.
Avoid a meltdown!
Make sure your freezer is FREEZING! Check the temperature of your freezer to ensure that it is keeping your holiday food safely stored at 0°F (-18°C) as well as making ice for you and your guests. After all, no one wants to eat a turkey that has spoiled or drink a beverage without ice.
Also, remember to take a few deep, calming breaths and avoid a meltdown of your own during this holiday season! 😉