When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
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How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with a party that culminates in a countdown. Many people drink champagne, dance, enjoy music, and light fireworks. Various "good luck foods" like black-eyed peas and grapes are also served to ring in the new year. In the U.S., the old Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung as partygoers exchange hugs and kisses at midnight.
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Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
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Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Dec. 31 is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It precedes Jan. 1, the first day of a new year (New Year's Day).
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Place patties in a single layer or stack and separate layers with non-greased freezer paper. Insert carefully into a freezer bag, lay flat in the freezer (if you have the room), and consume within three months.
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Do not thaw the patties at room temperature. Instead, stick the patties in the refrigerator and wait until they are at least partially thawed. You can grill partially frozen patties, but it may take longer for the centers to finish. This could also result in an unevenly cooked burger.
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Store hamburger patties the same way you’d store ground beef. Either keep the meat in its original container or wrap in saran wrap and insert into a plastic bag. The meat should stay fresh for one to two days.
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Real estate and insurance agent Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram teamed up with cook Walter Anderson to open the first White Castle hamburger stand in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921. Anderson is credited with having invented the modern hamburger: It was his idea to cook patties of ground meat on the griddle, push a mess of diced onions into the beef, top it with a pickle slice, and serve it on a soft yeast bun. His creation’s come to be known as a slider, but you can just call it deliciousness. This recipe pays homage to Anderson’s burger, which is quicker and easier to execute than the modern method used by White Castle.
Game plan: This recipe is made on a griddle. If you don’t have one, you can use an electric skillet, a large cast-iron pan, or a nonstick frying pan, though you may have to work in batches.
This recipe was featured as part of our Hamburger Through Time story.