Don’t Try To Stick an Entire Leftover Turkey in Your Fridge or Freezer – I don’t cook turkey myself, but my Mom would have me divide the bird into turkey bones for Bone Broth and put the turkey slices in Ziploc (store enough to serve 4)
Store Leftover Cranberry Sauce in Glass or Plastic – if you store it in a glass container instead of pouring over the turkey before storing it will stay fresher longer.
Remove Stuffing From Turkey Before Refrigerating – to avoid cross-contamination it should be removed from the bird before storing it.
Don’t Bother Freezing Those Cooked Potatoes! – Mash potatoes freeze well, baked and roasted don’t!
Contrary to Popular Belief, Pumpkin Pie Freezes Just Fine – You can store a baked pumpkin pie in the freezer and, although the texture might be slightly affected, it should taste exactly the same.
Apple Pie Can Be Left Out For a Couple of Days, Not Pumpkin! – Leftover pumpkin pie needs to be refrigerated almost immediately, but this isn’t the case with apple pie.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Freezing Leftover Wine – I’m not crazy . . . it may not maintain the same body or bouquet, but refrigerated or frozen wine is still a perfect cooking ingredient, especially over the colder months in soups, stews, and sauces. (I learned this years ago from Julia Childs – that chick knew wine!)
Don’t Keep Bread in the Fridge – It’s perfectly fine to leave bread out, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with freezing it, but the bread shouldn’t be refrigerated because doing that will make it dry out and become stale. (I learned this from my “Bread Baker” husband!)
Chocolate Toffee “Crack” (The BEST dessert idea for a party!)
A.K.A. “Christmas Crack”. This quick and easy recipe is a classic that never gets old. Just as the name implies, it’s absolutely addicting! I make it every year for holiday parties and it’s always a hit. It’s made with just 4 ingredients! Then top it with the candy of your choice to fit the season or occasion (M&Ms, candy corn, toffee bits, peppermint, nuts, sprinkles, candy eyes, etc.)
1 sleeve Ritz Crackers (about 16 crackers) (I use the square Town House Crackers – only because they fit better in my pan!)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
candy of choice for topping (optional)
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Cover the bottom of the pan with Ritz crackers. It doesn’t have to be pretty! Just fit them in there in a single layer as best you can.
Combine the brown sugar and butter in a pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes WITHOUT stirring.
Immediately pour the mixture over the Ritz crackers in your pan. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly over the crackers. Bake for 5 minutes to thicken and set the caramel.
Remove from the oven, and then sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place the pan back in the oven for about 2 minutes or until he chocolate is soft enough to spread.
Immediately spread the melted chocolate chips with a spatula so that you have a nice even layer.
Top with the candy of your choice (optional). My favorite is crushed peppermint candy! You can also try topping it with M&Ms, nuts, sprinkles, etc.
Let it cool for several hours before removing it from the pan and breaking it apart, otherwise it’s a bit of a mess! I couldn’t wait to dig in this time and the chocolate was still runny. Feel free to place it in the fridge for a bit if you need to speed up the process.
Happy Thanksgiving from The Camacho’s and CC Home Concierge Company (CCHC)
Thank you to my clients for choosing CCHC to support you in your journey to a less stressful, hectic lifestyle. Thank you for trusting me to help reach your goals. Thank you for your resourceful and invaluable ideas and feedback – it only makes CCHC’s organizational and concierge systems better.
Have a lovely and Yummy day with your Family & Friends. Remember, it’s not what’s on the table but who is around it!