Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner as millions of Americans prepare to stuff their turkeys and faces.
Although the annual November holiday is a time to gather 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 sound like a lot of fun, but there is actually a lot of hard work and preparation that goes into preparing the meal.
Luckily, there’s TikTok, the video-sharing social media platform, full of helpful tips and tricks to make sure cooking Thanksgiving dinner goes smoothly. How did devotees survive the first Thanksgiving without viral TikTok hacks?
Here are five cooking hacks that are going viral on TikTok that will help reduce cooking time and 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 the whole day.
When cooking mashed potatoes, the first step is to peel the potatoes. But peeling potatoes can get a little messy and can be time-consuming. In a viral TikTok hack, user Lora shared an easy way to peel potatoes and mash them all in one step.
First, boil the potatoes whole (unpeeled) in a pot. Once the potatoes are hot and mushy on the inside, she sets them aside. She then grabs a bowl and places a baking rack on top of the bowl. Cut the cooked potato in half, place it on the rack, and then smash half of the potato onto the rack and into the bowl. This hack peels and mash potatoes at the same time.
TikTok user Nicole Jacques also shared her potato peeling hack in a video that has more than 85k likes. Take a potato and cut it in half along the length of the potato before putting it in a pot to boil. Once cooked, place your fingers on each side of the potato and pull. The skin will slide right off, leaving a perfectly unpeeled potato.
Cutting board hack
Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner can be even more frustrating when the necessary tools you need in the kitchen just aren’t working properly. For finicky cutting boards that won’t stay put, TikTok nutritionist Claire went viral after showing users a helpful trick to keep cutting boards stationary.
Just take a wet paper towel and pull it off. Place the slightly damp paper towel under the cutting board. This will make the cutting board super secure so there are no accidental cutting accidents in the kitchen.
“This might come in handy next week!” she captioned the post.
Storage of leftovers
It’s no secret that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. One TikTok went viral for the flawless way they stored leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Amazon’s TV Dinner Trays make it easy to store leftovers in the fridge and even easier to pull out and enjoy without opening and closing multiple plastic containers. “Put the lid in the freezer, they’ll last about three months,” said TikTok user @charlottefashionplate. “Or you can give individual dinners to those in need. Happy Thanksgiving!”
Cleaning made easy
The worst part of cooking any big meal is the time it takes to clean up the kitchen. Luckily, TikTok user @desireyourhome went viral for sharing their easy cleaning hack.
It’s inevitable to get grease and oil after you’ve spent all day cooking, frying and baking. But disposing of liquid oil is an art in itself and can ruin your sink if poured down the drain.
“Take some baking soda and put it in the pan of grease,” said @desireyourhome. “Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, after a few minutes, you want to blend it. It will start to look like gravy, but it’s not.”
“Once you’re done mixing, put it in a bowl that won’t melt,” she continued. “Put that bowl aside because the fat is still hot. Rinse that dirty pot or that dirty pan, and then before you leave, throw away the grease.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, not to be in the kitchen. These cooking tricks will speed up the extensive process and may even add a little more flavor to your Thanksgiving meal.