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The Turkey

How Do I know if my turkey is done?

Hello, Meat Thermometer
170° In Breast
180° In Thigh


Remove from freezer, place on a sheet pan, and refrigerate

1 day
4 lbs


My turkey didn’t thaw.

Can I roast it anyway?

But it may cook unevenly and you should allocate up to

How much should I make per person?

The Sides

How to make the
— perfect —
cranberry sauce…
every time

Here’s what you need:
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Liquid (water, OJ, or apple cider)
  • Sugar
  • Optional spices: cinnamon stick, star anise, whole cloves, dried/fresh ginger


Here’s what you’ll do:
  • Add enough liquid to cover a third of the cranberries
  • Add 1 cup sugar per 12-ounce bag of cranberries.
  • Toss in spices
  • Simmer until cranberries soften and become jammy

For more cranberry inspiration, click here.

5 steps to
mashed potato

  1. Opt for a 50/50 mix of starchy Russets or Idahos and waxy, low-starch Yukon Golds.
  2. Bring potatoes to a boil with the water rather than adding them to the boiling pot.
  3. Use a potato ricer to save yourself the trouble of mangling them with a fork (or your hands).
  4. Skip the salted butter to control the sodium content.
  5. Stick with room temperature butter/cream so it absorbs better into hot potatoes.

For more mashed potato inspiration, click here.

What can I do in advance?

How much should I make per person?

Gravy troubleshooting

Too thin?

Heat together equal parts softened butter and flour. Whisk into gravy.


Too salty?

Chop up a small potato, stir into gravy, let sit 15 minutes, and remove before serving.

What to do if your guests are:

The Tools

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US Dry Volume Measurements
1/16 teaspoon dash
1/8 teaspoon a pinch
3 teaspoons 1 Tablespoon
1/8 cup 2 tablespoons (= 1 standard coffee scoop)
1/4 cup 4 Tablespoons
1/3 cup 5 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 cup 8 Tablespoons
3/4 cup 12 Tablespoons
1 cup 16 Tablespoons
1 Pound 16 ounces
US liquid volume measurements
8 Fluid ounces 1 Cup
1 Pint 2 Cups (= 16 fluid ounces)
1 Quart 2 Pints (= 4 cups)
1 Gallon 4 Quarts (= 16 cups)
US to Metric Conversions
1/5 teaspoon 1 ml (ml stands for milliliter, one thousandth of a liter)
1 teaspoon 5 ml
1 tablespoon 15 ml
1 fluid oz. 30 ml
1/5 cup 50 ml
1 cup 240 ml
2 cups (1 pint) 470 ml
4 cups (1 quart) .95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.) 3.8 liters
1 oz. 28 grams
1 pound 454 grams
Metric to US Conversions
1 milliliter 1/5 teaspoon
5 ml 1 teaspoon
15 ml 1 tablespoon
30 ml 1 fluid oz.
100 ml 3.4 fluid oz.
240 ml 1 cup
1 liter 34 fluid oz.
1 liter 4.2 cups
1 liter 2.1 pints
1 liter 1.06 quarts
1 liter .26 gallon
1 gram .035 ounce
100 grams 3.5 ounces
500 grams 1.10 pounds
1 kilogram 2.205 pounds
1 kilogram 35 oz.
Pan Size Equivalents
9-by-13-inches baking dish 22-by-33-centimeter baking dish
8-by-8-inches baking dish 20-by-20-centimeter baking dish
9-by-5-inches loaf pan 23-by-12-centimeter loaf pan (=8 cups or 2 liters in capacity)
10-inch tart or cake pan 25-centimeter tart or cake pan
9-inch cake pan 22-centimeter cake pan

Meet The Fresh Fam

We're not all chefs, but we do actually go home and cook HelloFresh meals at night. We've learned a thing or two over time, so we're excited to help YOU hack the biggest cooking, entertaining, and hosting day of the year.
Shara's veggie shortcuts

Senior PR Manager

400°F. Olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. That’s all you need for perfectly crispy roasted veggies.

“It works for pretty much anything, and you can even use leftover HelloFresh spice blends to jazz things up. Cover the baking tray with aluminum foil to cut back on cleaning. And if you’re really short on time, opt for veggies that don’t need much prep, like asparagus.”



Production Supervisor, New Jersey Distribution Center

Fact: Prep is the key to success.

Problem: Not all ingredients store well overnight. Like potatoes, for example, which turn brown if peeled, chopped, and exposed to oxygen for too long.

Solution: “Refrigerate cut, raw potatoes in water to prevent browning. But you don’t have to do that for sweet potatoes. Those can be boiled whole the night before with the skin on and stored normally in the fridge overnight. Plus, it’s so much easier to remove the skin when they're cool.”


Payments Team Specialist, Customer Care Center

Say hello to your juiciest, most tender turkey ever.

“Use an oven bag! It allows the turkey to retain its moisture and makes your life easier because you don’t have to continuously ‘babysit’ it. Plus, it cuts the cooking time by a third and makes cleanup much easier.”

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