Thanksgiving is just around the corner as millions of Americans prepare to stuff turkeys and faces.
While the annual November holiday is a time to catch up with friends and family, it’s also a time to eat as much turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie as possible. At first, cooking Thanksgiving dinner may seem like fun, but in reality, preparing a meal requires a lot of hard work and preparation.
Luckily, there’s TikTok, a video-sharing social media platform full of helpful tips and tricks to make cooking Thanksgiving dinner a breeze. How did the pilgrims survive the first Thanksgiving without viral TikTok hacks?
Here are five cooking hacks that have gone viral on TikTok that will help reduce cooking time and reduce stress levels in the kitchen.
The perfect mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. Creamy, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes complement any dinner table. But if done wrong, it will probably ruin your whole day.
When cooking mashed potatoes, the first step is to peel the skin of the potato. But peeling potatoes can be a bit of a mess, and it can also be time consuming. In one viral TikTok hack, user Lora shared an easy way to both peel potatoes and mash them all in one step.
First, she cooks the potatoes whole (and unpeeled) in a pot. When the potatoes are hot and soft inside, he sets them aside. Then he grabs the bowl and sets the baking rack on top of it. Cut the cooked potato in half, put it on the grill, then smash half of the potato on the grill and put it in a bowl. This hack removes the skin and crushes the potato at the same time.
TikTok user Nicole Jaques also shared her potato peeling hack in a video that has over 85,000 likes. Take a potato and cut it in half, surrounding the potato before putting it in the pot to boil. When it’s done cooking, put your fingers on both sides of the potato and pull. The skin will immediately slide off, leaving a perfectly unpeeled potato.
Hacking a cutting board
Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner can be even more frustrating when essential tools needed in the kitchen just don’t work properly. For picky chopping boards that don’t stay in one place, TikTok nutritionist Claire went viral after she showed users a helpful way to keep their chopping boards still.
Just take a wet paper towel and wipe it off. Place a slightly damp paper towel under the cutting board. Thanks to this, the cutting board will be very safe and you will avoid accidental mishaps when cutting in the kitchen.
“This might come in handy next week!” signed the post.
Storage of leftovers
It’s no secret that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. One TikTok went viral for a surefire way to store turkey leftovers, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Amazon’s TV Dinner Trays make it easy to store leftovers in the fridge, and it’s even easier to take them out and enjoy them without opening and closing several plastic containers. “Put the lid in the freezer, they will last about three months,” said TikTok user @charlottefashionplate. “You can also give out individual dinners to people in need. Happy Thanksgiving!”
The worst part about cooking any big meal is the amount of time it takes to clean the kitchen. Luckily, TikTok user @desireyourhome went viral by sharing his hack for easy cleaning.
It’s inevitable that fat and oil can build up after a day of cooking, frying and baking. But getting rid of the liquid oil is an art in itself and can ruin a sink if poured down the drain.
“Take some baking soda and put it in a pan of fat,” said @desireyourhome. “Leave it for a few minutes. Then, after a few minutes, you want to mix it up. It will start to look like a sauce, but it is not.
“When you’re done mixing, put it in a bowl that won’t melt,” she continued. “Put the bowl aside as the fat is still hot. Rinse that dirty pot or that dirty pan, then pour off the fat before you leave.
Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends, not cooking in the kitchen. These cooking hacks will speed up the extensive process and may even add a bit more flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.