How to Handle the Most Common Thanksgiving Disasters

When you’re cooking a meal that’s as big and as celebratory as Thanksgiving, you’re bound to run into a few hiccups along the way. It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, disaster could strike at any moment. I’ve hosted 12 Thanksgivings, and along the way I’ve dealt with a turkey that was too big to fit in the oven, burnt cranberries, and gravy that doesn’t thicken.

And that’s not even half of it: There was the time it took us two hours to figure out how to put together the deep fryer, so we didn’t end up eating until really late. Then one year, as I was straining a pot of homemade stock that had been simmering on the stove for hours, the contents fell and the fragrant broth tipped down the drain. Another November, my sister accidentally stepped on the chocolate pecan pie forgetting that it was on the floor of the back seat of the car as we transported it to my grandfather’s house!

However, it doesn’t matter what the crisis is, the show must go on. You’ve got to find a solution and deal with it as soon as possible. Here’s how to handle the most common Thanksgiving day disasters.

What’s the biggest disaster you’ve had to deal with on Thanksgiving?