Busy Preparations For Thanksgiving Feast

Teja Walsh
Teja Walsh

By Paul Drewes

(KHNL) - Many have a hunger for this holiday. Thanksgiving is of course about family and being thankful for what we have.

But keeping it real, it's also largely about the food.

On this holiday, many are expected to gain a pound or two.

Thanks to plenty of helpings of ham or turkey, as well as sides of stuffing, potatoes and gravy.

but not everyone is ready to "meat" thanksgiving with a feast.

This holiday has some shoppers scrambling to get ready.

"Just some last minute items cause I'm procrastinating," said one shopper.

It's a good thing you only have to get food for this holiday.

And for many, that means just one thing!

"turkey. It's gotta be turkey yeah!"

Lets talk turkey while we're at it.

Your house isn't the only good place to eat this traditional Thanksgiving main course. There are also a couple of places in the U.S. named Turkey, one in Texas and the other in North Carolina.

And did you know, Americans will eat about a half a billion pounds of the bird this holiday.

We'll also go thru about 650 million pounds of cranberries and a billion and a half pounds of sweet potatoes.

Then top it off with nearly a billion pounds of pumpkin. Much of it in those pies.

But not everyone will be feasting on fowl.

"We try to lead a pure life which is centered about what we eat," said Teja Walsh from Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet. "You are what you eat."

At this vegetarian feast in Nuuanu, they have not only gotten a jump start on the eating, many are also trying to keep the "thanks" in thanksgiving.

"It's really important to not make Thanksgiving be about the food, but really be about practicing gratitude and be reminded there are many people who aren't able to have a feast," said Makakilo resident Linda Rose Herman.

For those making final preparations for their feast, there are some safety tips to keep in mind in the kitchen.

Wash you hands before and after handling raw turkey and meat to cut down on bacteria contamination.

Don't forget to take out the plastic giblets bag inside your turkey before cooking and make sure your bird is roasted between 165 and 180 degrees.

As for those leftovers, gravy and stuffing is only good for about two days. Cooked turkey will make it about four in the fridge. But frozen, you'll be able to have turkey sandwiches til next spring.