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Hosting Thanksgiving this year? If you are, you probably have a plate full of things to do. Naturally, you want to wow your guests without giving yourself unnecessary extra work. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda can help in many ways, right down to perfecting the fluffiness of your mashed potatoes. Master these tips to ensure a five-star Thanksgiving.

Prepare For The Perfect Turkey
Cooking a mouthwatering turkey begins before you even start preparing it. For the best results, first you’ll need to clean your oven! After all, you don’t want the flavors or remnants of leftover meals seeping into your turkey masterpiece! Start by making a paste of Baking Soda and water. Use it to paint the oven surfaces, avoiding bare metal or heating elements. Let the paste dry on overnight. Then, using a plastic spatula, scrape off the paste. Finally, wipe away any remaining residue with a wet sponge.1

Good Eating Meets Good Cleaning
Now that your turkey is cooking, it’s time to turn your attention to the rest of the meal––the fruits and vegetables. In addition to providing a well-balanced dinner, they’re a terrific way to add pops of color to your table. You’ll need to start by giving them a good cleaning.

  • Hard-skinned produce: Eliminate dirt, wax, and residue in no time. Shake ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda onto wet produce, rub and rinse.
  • Soft-skinned or leafy produce: Sprinkle Baking Soda in a bowl of water. Thoroughly clean the produce in the solution, then rinse.
  • Mushrooms: Apply just a sprinkle of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda on the mushrooms and wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Don’t soak the mushrooms though, as they will absorb the water!

Whip Up Something Delicious
For irresistible mashed potatoes, throw in a pinch of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda while mashing. It will make this classic side even fluffier. Yum!

Be Polished
Take that, tarnish! Polish your silverware back to beautiful. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and sprinkle it with 1 to 2 teaspoons of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda and ½ teaspoon of salt. Add 5 cups of hot water, then carefully place tarnished silverware into the solution, making sure it touches the aluminum foil. Let stand for 2 minutes. Rinse and use a soft cloth to buff to a shine.

Tidy Tablecloth
Making your turkey look as good as it tastes means a picture-perfect table. Keep your tablecloth looking fresh! Adding ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda can enhance your liquid laundry detergent’s effectiveness by balancing pH. Simply supplement your detergent by adding a ½ cup of Baking Soda to your wash along with your usual amount of liquid detergent.

From the Turkey to Your Tummy
We’re all looking forward to enjoying our meal. In fact, many of us will enjoy it a little too much! If you end up with heartburn, try taking a little ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda as an antacid. Just follow the directions on the package.

A Thanksgiving meal that will have everyone giving thanks is simple using ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda! Available in a variety of sizes, it’s ideal for all of your upcoming kitchen prep. These are just a few ways to make Thanksgiving as easy as pie–or at least, as easy as preparing for Thanksgiving can be! Enjoy the meal, family and, of course, the leftovers!

Works Cited

1. "DIY Oven Cleaner." Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., n.d.
Web. 24 September 2013.

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