More people will shop on Thanksgiving (without leaving home)

More People Will Shop On Thanksgiving (Without Leaving Home)

Just in time to foil everyone's efforts for more family time on Black Friday -- a new report!

Don't worry about Black Friday anymore, just go shopping onThanksgiving instead. Well, online, at least.

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According to Adobe's shopping forecast, which includes 1 trillion visits to 4,500 websites since 2008, it predicts people will be veggin' out in a turkey coma and shopping on their phones and tablets and such.

The report claims, " ... online prices will hit rock bottom on Thanksgiving Day, lower than on any other day during the holiday season ..."

So you can still have family time -- just on your phones instead? Adobe also says a lot of shoppers are eyeballing the same things. So fair warning -- we foresee a Tickle Me Elmo-like crowd.

"Tickle Me Elmo hysteria ... one of the clerks was sent to the hospital after being trampled in the frenzy," another reporter said.

Although, hey, sunshine on a cloudy day -- the worst thing that can happen shopping on your phone is running out of battery life. Adobe predicts 76 percent of holiday sales will go to 1 percent of products, so a whole lot of people want something very specific. Adobe is eyeballing one "Star Wars" toy to be 2015's Tickle Me Elmo.

The report says Cyber Monday will continue to reign. That's the Monday after Thanksgiving, and it's become "the" day to shop for electronics. Shipping is also cheapest on Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Although you can't beat free -- something some companies are trying out this holiday season.

Adobe also couldn't help but brag, as its Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday predictions from previous years were within 2 percent.

On the note of Turkey Day, here are some tips on roasting a Thanksgiving turkey:
How to roast a Thanksgiving Turkey
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More people will shop on Thanksgiving (without leaving home)

What size turkey do I need?

Generally speaking, a good guideline is 1 pound of turkey per person. This will allow enough turkey for the meal plus give you extra for leftovers. I don't know about you, but after cooking all day I rarely eat when it comes time to sit down. I love having leftovers to puck on after my guests go home.

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How do I thaw my turkey?

Once you have purchased your frozen turkey, there are two safe ways to thaw it: refrigerator or cold water. 

Refrigerator ThawingPlace your turkey on a tray breast side down in the refrigerator in an unopened wrapper. Allow 1 day for every 4 lbs. Example: 20 lb turkey = 5 days to thaw

Cold Water Thawing: Place your turkey breast side down in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely. Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled. Allow to thaw 30 minutes per lb. Example: 20 lbs. = 10 hours to thaw

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How do I prepare my turkey?

There are many ways to prepare a turkey including brining, deep frying, smoking, grilling and my favorite, roasting. Since I only have experience in brining and roasting a turkey, I'll be sharing this recipe for Butter & Herb Roasted Turkey with you as I feel roasting is the easiest way to prepare a turkey for a beginning home cook. 

(Photo: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen)

How long should I cook my turkey?

Prepare to cook your turkey approximately 20 minutes per pound; however, use the chart below for more accurate cooking times. Baste your turkey periodically throughout cooking time and cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil if the skin is turning to brown. Your turkey is done when temperature is 180F in thigh and 165F in breast or stuffing. Allow to rest for 15 minutes after removing your turkey from the oven to allow for the juices to settle before carving. 

(Photo: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen)

How do I carve my turkey?

Whether you're making a roasted chicken or a 25 lb. turkey, carving can be a little daunting for the first time cook. Here are some steps to get you started:

1. Cut the legs from the body where the thigh meats the breast.

2. Cut through the leg joint to separate the drumstick from the thigh.

3. If you prefer your dark meat sliced, hold the drumstick by the leg and slice the meat downward off of the bone. For the thigh, cut the meat off of the bone angling the knife as you go.

4. Carve both breasts from the breastbone and ribcage; then slice the breast crosswise into 1/2" slices.

(Photo: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen)

How do I make gravy?

You can't have a beautifully roasted turkey without gravy! You can thicken your gravy with either corn starch or flour. For both, you mix with cold water to form a thin paste-like liquid before adding it to your drippings. Corn starch makes for a silky smooth gravy; however, if you can't tolerate corn or corn products you have to use other methods. Using flour will also work well; however, it takes a little more elbow grease as you have to make sure you smooth all of the lumps the flour creates.

1.Place the pan drippings in a saucepan, removing as much excess oil as you can.

2.Heat the pan drippings over medium high heat; then add your thickening agent (cornstarch or flour and cold water).

3. Whisk until the gravy is smooth and has thickened to your liking, season with salt and pepper; then strain the gravy through a fine sieve. 

(Photo: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen)

Here are some helpful tips that I've found invaluable over the years to reduce stress when planning such a big event:

1. Plan your menu at least 2 weeks in advance (if not sooner) and start purchasing non-perishable items so that your pantry is stocked.

2. If you plan on getting a frozen turkey (like I usually do), purchase at least one week before thanksgiving so the Turkey has time to defrost. 

3. The night before the big event, set your dining table and gather all of your serving bowls and utensils and place in the kitchen. Place a post-it note in each serving dish with what will be served. This not only helps when it comes time to fill the dishes to set on the table, it also saves time if you get some extra hands from family and friends wanting to help ou.

4. Last, but not least, sit back, relax and enjoy your handy work and your company!

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(Photo: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen


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