You’re going to leave the giblets inside the turkey

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Do you recall studying giblets in biology class? Neither do I. But that burning smell coming from inside the turkey? That’s the bag of giblets you were supposed to remove before popping the bird in the oven.

Here’s what to do: Remove the giblets before popping the bird in the oven! Find out why you might feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.

You’ll Texas Chainsaw Massacre your turkey

Overhead view of the hands of a man carving a roast turkey with a carving knife and fork slicing the breast meat ready for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinnerStephen Gibson/Shutterstock

Let’s face it, you’ve spent weeks planning your meal only to have the carving board end up looking like a crime scene.

Here’s what to do: First things first, says Cooking Light, with the turkey on a carving board, remove the string tying the legs together (50 Shades of Fowl!). Then: 1. Remove the legs, thighs, and wings by slicing down until you reach the joint. Grabbing the leg or wing, push down until separated from the bird. 2. To remove the turkey breasts, find the breastbone. Position a long, flexible knife on one side of it, and slice downward, as close to the bone as possible. As you slice, use your other hand to pull the meat away from the breastbone in one piece. 3. To slice the breast meat, use tongs to steady the breast, position the meat so you’ll cut it at its shorter length. Slice against the grain, taking care to keep the skin attached. Use these other 16 tips for keeping your sanity if you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year.

All your focus will go to the main meal

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You’re in the kitchen, whistling while you work, oblivious to the nasty scene unwinding in the other room. Your hungry guests have gone from peckish to ravenous, and they’re starting to snarl at each other about how little there is to be thankful for.

Here’s what to do: Have simple snacks like nuts or cheese and crackers ready when your guests start trickling in. I guarantee no amount of hors d’eouvres will keep them from gorging themselves during the turkey dinner.