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Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends. It”s a holiday of sharing love, gratitude, and happiness for everyone. Oh, and you stuff your face with as much food as you can before the tryptophan kicks in.

Preparing for the gobble-fest can be overwhelming for those stuck in the kitchen all day. Before you start to feel like you”re drowning in a sea of gravy, take a look at these simple cooking hacks to make the tasks a snap.

1. Wash your potatoes in the dishwasher. (Just be sure to skip the soap).

Wash your potatoes in the dishwasher. (Just be sure to skip the soap).

2. Keep your turkey from drying out by cooling it down with an ice pack before you cook it.

Keep your turkey from drying out by cooling it down with an ice pack before you cook it.

3. Create a roasting rack by scrunching up and swirling aluminum foil.

Create a roasting rack by scrunching up and swirling aluminum foil.

4. Also use aluminum foil to keep your pie crust from burning.

Also use aluminum foil to keep your pie crust from burning.

5. Add a dash of baking soda to your mashed potatoes to make them light and fluffy.

Add a dash of baking soda to your mashed potatoes to make them light and fluffy.

6. Get more juice out of your lemons by zapping them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

Get more juice out of your lemons by zapping them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

7. Pre-slice and dice your veggies and spices a day or two in advance.

Pre-slice and dice your veggies and spices a day or two in advance.

8. Keep your potatoes and other potted dishes warm in a crock pot set on low.

Keep your potatoes and other potted dishes warm in a crock pot set on low.

9. Use a wine glass to create perfectly sized biscuits.

Use a  wine glass to create perfectly sized biscuits.

10. Grate cold or frozen butter for baking needs.

Grate cold or frozen butter for baking needs.

11. Make single-serving stuffing in a muffin pan.

Make single-serving stuffing in a muffin pan.

12. Cook your potatoes in the microwave. You”re just mashing “em up anyway.

Cook your potatoes in the microwave. You

13. Step up your pie crust game by using other utensils instead of the same “ole fork.

Step up your pie crust game by using other utensils instead of the same

Now your mother-in-law won”t have anything to nitpick about. You”ll finally be able to enjoy the dog show in peace.

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