There are lots of things that you might be used to buying in a box, bag or bottle for the big Thanksgiving meal. There may be a lot of things you don’t yet realize are really easy to make from scratch instead.
Making your own stuffing is probably one of the easiest things to do. Essentially, you dry out bread slices, or old rolls or any old bread you were almost about to throw away. Crush them with a rolling pin or in your food processor. Sauté some celery and onion, maybe some other vegetables, season with sage (it’s the stuffing spice) and garlic, salt and pepper. Two eggs to make it sticky, mix all that up and you have stuffing. Nice thing is this stuffing will only have the artificial ingredients in it that are in the bread you use. Not bad. Here is an actual recipe link.
Cranberry sauce is another thing that is so easy to make you will wonder why you haven’t always made your own. It’s really a cranberry jelly, because you make it just like you would a jelly. Remember that because there is no other reason that you don’t make all of your own jellies year round. Basically for this one you just put cranberries, water and sugar in a sauce pan. Boil it for about ten minutes, and let it cool. I’m not kidding, that is all there is to this one. Here is a recipe you can read, if you need one.
People actually buy canned ‘candied yams’ and heat them up as sweet potatoes. Actually making your own sweet potatoes is just as easy, plus it has the advantage of tasting five times better and you know just what is in it. Bake your sweet potatoes and peel them. Make a fragrant spiced syrup, using cinnamon and cloves, put the syrup on the chunked up potatoes, bake them to dry the sauce on. Done. Here is a recipe.
Don’t buy gravy in a pouch. Please. It is about the easiest thing in the world to make, and you can make it the day before Thanksgiving, just to make it even easier. Melt butter, sauté some onions, add flour and cook it a bit to brown it. The browner the flour gets, the more flour it takes to make thick gravy. Add chicken stock (or turkey if you have some) and stir until it just boils, at which time the sauce will thicken like magic. Let it cool, pour it in a mason jar and put it in the fridge. Before dinner warm it up, put your turkey drippings in it. It’s the best gravy you’ve had since Grandma’s–no imitation anything. Look at this recipe.
I bet you think it’s easier to make biscuits out of a biscuit roll than to make them from scratch. You are wrong. Add heavy cream to self rising flour. Cut the biscuits out using a glass. Bake them. Impress your friends. Here is the recipe proving it. I have made these in a dutch oven at the lake while tent camping.
Here is a great collection of other non-processed food recipes for your Thanksgiving feast. The media is completely filled with these great ideas for getting back in touch with the people who came before us. We don’t need to be eating foods only because they are convenient. They are full of mystery science lab creations. We can do it ourselves, and it’s really not that hard to do.