Get ahead now to save time (and minimize stress!) on Turkey Day.

1. Order your turkey

Don't leave something as important as the big bird until the last minute! Whether you're getting a specialty turkey or picking one up from the grocery store, order it now. Not only will you have peace of mind, but it also guarantees that you won't be fighting a stranger for the last turkey the day before Thanksgiving.


2. Stock up on drinks

Wine, beer, liquor, and soda all keep well, so why not buy them now? Also, if you're planning on shaking up cocktails, whip up some simple syrup and store it in the fridge.


3. Clean out your freezer

Throw out anything old or freezer-burned and make room for all the make-ahead dishes that will be lifesavers come Turkey Day.


4. Freeze pie dough

Pie dough can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to three months. Having this test kitchen-approved pate brisee on hand means whipping up one or more of Our Food Editors' All-Time Favorite Thanksgiving Pies will be a cinch.

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5. Freeze dinner rolls

Crowd-pleasing Parker House rolls can be shaped in advance and frozen for up to three months. They'll just need a little more time to rise on the day of.

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6. Freeze stock

Homemade stock is key to flavorful gravy and moist stuffing. Get turkey and chicken parts and bones from your butcher and simmer with aromatics. Both stocks will keep in the freezer for months.

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apple butternut squash soup
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7. Freeze a party-ready fall soup

Pureed soups are super freezer-friendly, and this butternut and apple version is no exception-it can be frozen for up to a month. Let it thaw in the fridge the night before Thanksgiving, then gently reheat right before dinner.

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