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5 Holiday Cooking Tips: How to Save Time and Money


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Celery is one of those vegetables you can chop up ahead of time.
Celery is one of those vegetables you can chop up ahead of time.
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Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas or another holiday, lots of traditional dishes appear at the table. Turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and pies are among the usual suspects. When it comes to meat, you must cook it the day of, but many other dishes can be prepared -- or least the preparations can begin -- in advance.

To save time during the holidays, make and refrigerate a whole range of items like pies, steamed vegetables, deviled eggs and cranberry sauce ahead of time. You can also bake rolls, dice up vegetables and prep casseroles the night before. Your task load is slashed the next day, and many dishes just need a quick warming up right before the meal. You can even squeeze in last-minute reheating while the meat rests before carving.

Additionally, when it comes to saving time during the holiday season, your freezer is your best friend. Take cookies, for example. Dedicate an afternoon to baking up multiple batches of cookies, pop them in the freezer and pull some out when you need them.


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