Thanksgiving Prep Timesavers

According to the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 Americans (11 percent) celebrate Thanksgiving Day by dining in one of the nation's 935,000 restaurants, and more than half (53 percent) of consumers use restaurant-prepared takeout items for all or part of their Thanksgiving Day meals.It's probably a little late to suggest ways to promote your restaurant or cafe for Thanksgiving; if you haven't done so yet, not much can help you now. But for those of you who have promotions running for Turkey Day -- and for anyone who's planning special menus or other offers for the holidays -- here are some suggestions on how to save prep time and make this (hopefully) busy season go smoothly.Get OrganizedIt goes without saying, but bears repeating: organization is the key to staying on top of any big dining day. Your checklist will be your best friend. Leslie Howard blogged one you can start with and expand to match your needs.Prep in an Assembly LineThere's a reason soup kitchens and cafeterias work this way: it's the fastest way to get a whole lot of one or two items made. Rather than having each cook build a dish from start to finish, give a group each a task and produce as many of that dish as possible at a time, each team member performing their task to the dishes en masse.Finish Dishes Ahead of TimeDesserts can be plated, finished and covered in plastic wrap to be stored in the fridge or freezer, reducing turnaround during rushes. Top slices of cake with OnTop, which will hold its shape while it waits to be served, unlike aerosol whipped topping.We'd love to hear any time-saving tips you have for holiday prep. And on behalf of Rich's Food Products, we hope you have a happy and successful Thanksgiving. Good luck!Sponsored content by Rich Products Corporation

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