Thanksgiving is right around the corner and due to COVID-19, we can’t celebrate it how we normally do. But there’s no need to dwell on that, still, cook for those in your household if you’re able to. You’re going to need some tips to tackle the race of Thanksgiving, lucky for you we have some, and their energy-efficient. Come in 1st place for energy saving this Thanksgiving!
Starting Line: Main Dish
Of course, we know the turkey is the main dish for Thanksgiving. But, if you’ve cooked a turkey before, you know it can take a while to prep and cook. So if this your first race, be sure to plan ahead. To save you time and energy, you can purchase a pre-cooked turkey, choose a more compact turkey, go with a pre-cooked ham instead or a vegetarian dish. Running Thanksgiving this way is not your traditional lap, so if you don’t want to change your stamina, here are some tips to save energy while cooking a turkey:
- Buy a fresh turkey, or unthaw it in cold water. Do NOT leave it to unthaw in the fridge, that requires the fridge to do so much work. Do you know how many lbs. a turkey weighs? This could take over 24 hours to completely thaw out, that’s just wasting energy.
- Grill your turkey on your natural gas grill powered by Callective Energy. Grilling is a perfect way to cook food, and our natural gas adds the finishing touch. This is a great alternative to save stamina during your race.
- Ovens naturally take time to heat up, but to save energy skip this step. Turn on your natural gas stove, and pass the turkey off to the oven as fast as possible.
Finish Line: Sides and Dessert
Okay, now that you’ve decided whether you’re going to use your gas-grill, cook a vegetarian alternative, or buy a pre-cooked turkey. It’s time for you to hand off to the sides, so we can finish this energy-saving race STRONG.
- Be sure your natural gas appliances are up to date and, are built to continue on after you’ve cooked your main dish. If you have natural gas appliances, check out how to keep them up to date here.
- Prep the side dishes, and dessert simultaneously with the turkey (or your main dish of choice). If the oven is big enough, take advantage and put them in there with it.
- When cooking on the stovetop make sure you’re using pots that cover the gas burners, to maximize heat and cook the food faster.
- Try using ceramic and or glass pans/pots. Not only are they pleasing to look at, but they also cook food in its entirety. With these pans, the oven can be reduced by 25 degrees, another energy bonus!
- Your natural gas appliances should be powered by Callective Energy for this thanksgiving feast, click here or you’ll always be in the last place.
No-Turkey Option Surprise:
Here is a little something for those who decided to go the vegetarian route, and ditch the turkey. Now you can still have a centerpiece that’s nice to look at, you’re welcome.
Slow-Roasted Winter Vegetables Recipe, Courtesy of Genevieve Ko
- 1 whole delicata, butternut or other winter squash
- 2 whole celery root
- 1 large or 2 regular whole cauliflower or romanesco broccoli
- 6 tablespoons everyday extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Poultry Seasoning
- Kosher salt
- Bourbon Mushroom Gravy
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- Peel the squash, halve it lengthwise or cut into thick slices, and scoop out the seeds. Trim both ends of the celery roots and scrub very well or peel. Poke the celery root all over with a paring knife. Trim the bottoms of the cauliflower so they can sit flat.
- Put the vegetables on the prepared sheet and rub them all over with the oil. (An even and generous coat of oil will ensure the vegetables brown properly and attractively.) Sprinkle everything evenly with the Poultry Seasoning and generously season with salt. Rearrange them in a single layer, with the squash cut sides down. Place the pan in the oven and pour ¼ cup water onto the sheet.
- Bake, basting every 45 minutes, until a paring knife slides through each vegetable easily, about 1 hour for the squash, 1 ¾ hours for the cauliflower and 2 hours for the celery root. The time will range depending on the size and density of the vegetables. As each vegetable is done, carefully transfer it to a serving platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Serve with the gravy.
However you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Callective Energy wants you and your loved ones to remain safe, and be cognizant of your energy usage. Oh, and switch to Callective Energy because that’s what the holidays are all about right?