Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we thought it’d be beneficial to share a few hacks to help with Thanksgiving dinner. We invite all the residents of our Liv Ahwatukee apartment community to read and apply these game-changing strategies for the Thanksgiving dinner menu. If you have guests from Phoenix, AZ joining you, they’ll never forget these timeless yet simple cooking hacks.


Our first hack is about mashed potatoes. Want to make your mashed potatoes extra fluffy? Add a pinch of baking powder. While mashing, add the baking powder and that’s all! The powder works with the heat and actually forms air pockets, helping make the potatoes extra fluffy. Thanks to Lifehacker, now we know!


Having a dishwasher in your apartment is a priceless amenity that can actually help you with your Thanksgiving dinner preparations. In this list from Huffington Post, potatoes are listed as the #1 surprising thing you can put in the dishwasher. Don’t use detergent, of course. When they’re finished washing, peeling will be incredibly simple.


Did you know that chicken broth can save an overcooked turkey? “After you slice the meat off the bird, place it in a shallow baking dish, cover it with chicken or turkey stock, then put it in a 250-degree oven for about 10 minutes. While this won't totally eliminate the dryness, it will add more moisture to the meat, and most importantly, it will prevent it from drying out even more.”


If you want to keep your gravy warm but don’t have a gravy warmer, use an insulated coffee carafe. This will result in fewer spills and (as expected) warm gravy. You can find an assortment of coffee carafes on


What are your favorite cooking hacks to help with Thanksgiving dinner preparation? Leave a comment below with your ideas so that we can all apply them. Happy Thanksgiving!