The Food Facts About Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is widely celebrated, and whether you have a huge feast at home with your family, or everyone dines out at their favorite restaurant - a LOT of food is consumed. We hope that your St. Louis restaurant stays busy and has a great holiday, but in the meantime, here are some crazy facts about the food that will be consumed this Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving Food Statistics

  1. About 50 million pumpkin pies are consumed each Thanksgiving! Make them stand out by using sugar cookie dough or thin slices of cinnamon roll dough for the crust!
  2. The average person consumes an average of 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving.
  3. If you’ve ever wondered which food has the most calories - wonder no more. It’s the beloved pecan pie.
  4. Americans consume 736 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day alone. In case you were wondering, that’s about the weight of the Empire State Building.
  5. If you’ve always thought that it was tryptophan in the turkey that mad you tired at Thanksgiving, think again. It’s most likely the wine and beer that is causing the sleepy effect.
  6. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. 900 pounds of pumpkin was used, along with 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, and 2 pounds of pumpkin spice … and you thought YOUR kitchen was busy this year!
  7. 40 million green bean casseroles are made each year.
  8. Minnesota is the biggest turkey-producing state!
  9. If you thought one day of feasting was a lot, the First Thanksgiving lasted for THREE days!
  10. Around 280 million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving.
  11. Since Harry Truman, every president has pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  12. Did you know about the stuffing debate? 50% of Americans put the stuffing on the inside of the turkey, while the other 50% believe in putting it on the outside!
  13. About 20% of ALL cranberries that are consumed in the U.S. per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.

The Most Interesting Find of All

More and more people are fleeing the stress of Thanksgiving by dining out. From Thanksgiving Dinner in a box to just getting out of the house and eating out entirely. This is a big trend that is also rather new. Just six years ago in 2011, only 6% of people who were surveyed said that they planned to eat out for Thanksgiving. Quite the jump considering now it’s over 9% of consumers will eat Thanksgiving dinner out according to the National Restaurant Association.

Where are people going for these Thanksgiving dinners? 31% said that they would eat in a restaurant where they regularly go on Thanksgiving. 30% said they’d pick a restaurant where they go for special occasions, and 21% are going to a place where they are regulars. Only 16% will be trying a new restaurant on Thanksgiving Day according to the survey.

Is Your Restaurant Ready for the Influx?

With so many people choosing to dine out for Thanksgiving, is your team ready? Better yet, is your restaurant equipment ready? If you find that your commercial kitchen equipment in Missouri is not operating properly, give us a call. Happy Thanksgiving from the entire team at Fast Fix LLC - your commercial appliance repair company in Missouri!

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