Some days Thanksgiving seems so far off, and on others, it feels right around the corner. Either way, it’s never too early to get started. Here, eight things you can get on with this week.
1. Pie doughs and crusts
Filling pies is fairly tidy work but making the dough isn’t, so it’s great to get it out of the way early. You can wrap disks of pie dough in plastic or wax paper and then in foil and freeze them until you’re ready to roll, fill and bake. Or, if you have enough freezer space, you can roll out the doughs and fit them into pans or pie plates and freeze; once they’re frozen, wrap them in plastic or put them in large sturdy plastic bags. Even cookie crusts for a cheesecake, for example, can be frozen ahead. Try this chocolate pecan tart and this deep-dish apple pie with a cheddar crust.