Don’t let Thanksgiving gobble up too much energy!
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With every family up by dawn, turning on their ovens and having burners going for hours and hours, it’s not that shocking that Thanksgiving is a huge energy guzzler. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for you to save on energy as you entertain and cook for friends and family.
Turn down the thermostat on Thanksgiving
With guests arriving throughout the day, or leaving to make a quick run to the store, the front (or back) door will open and close more frequently letting warm air out and cold air in. You may be tempted to turn up your thermostat a few degrees to compensate, but there’s no need. In fact, you can safely turn the thermostat down a few degrees. You’re all moving about getting dinner ready or setting the table, extra people mean extra body heat plus the heat from your kitchen means that your guests are going to be perfectly comfortable.
And speaking of heat in the kitchen, you’ll most likely have more than one thing cooking at a time. If you have side dishes that need to go in the oven, try to cook them at the same time as the turkey. Not only can you time your dishes better this way, you’ll be cutting down on the time you have the oven blasting.
Cook more than one thing at a time
The same goes for the pots on the stove. Make sure you’re not using a burner that’s too big for the pot. If you can see the heat around the circumference of your pot, or flames are licking up the sides, then you’re using too much heat or a pot that is too small for the burner.
Use a thermometer to gauge when your turkey is cooked. Following an arbitrary formula for how much time your turkey needs to cook can sometimes lead to over or under cooking. Undercooking is dangerous for you and your guests, and over cooking means dry meat and a waste of energy cooking your turkey for too long. When the turkey breast reaches 165 degrees F and your turkey thigh reaches 180 degrees F, your turkey is ready.
And remember to enjoy the day. Don’t be so wrapped up in saving energy that you forget to spend time with your friends and family.