20 Kitchen Tools You Can’t Live Without for Thanksgiving
Just because Thanksgiving traces back to the 1600s doesn’t mean your meal prep needs to come from the same century. After trying these handy gadgets, you’ll give thanks for modern cooking devices.
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Wine bottle opener
When it comes time for your guests to toast your delicious meal, you’ll want to have full glasses of wine in everybody’s hands. Instead of struggling with an unreliable opener, choose the All-Clad stainless steel corkscrew wine opener, which has a patented outer handle that automatically adjusts to open bottles of various sizes. It twists and lifts with a simple turning and pulling motion and is dishwasher safe.
Want to make the most delicious turkey gravy? One that doesn’t have unsightly beads of oil floating on top? Use this Amco Houseworks grease separator, which strains liquids while keeping the grease trapped inside. Simply pour the pan drippings through the top—its spring-loaded bottom opening allows for easy release of grease-free liquids. When you’re ready for cleanup, toss it in the top rack of your dishwasher. Find out the answers to the 20 most common Thanksgiving questions.
Using a disposable roasting rack for your turkey can be a disaster—its flimsy sides can fold in and hot juices can get all over your oven and potentially burn you. It’s best to use a sturdy option, like the All-Clad stainless steel roaster with rack, which roasts meats, poultry, and vegetables to perfection. The high sides reduce splattering and the handles make it easy to lift the pan in and out of the oven.
Because Thanksgiving is filled with slicing and cutting, it’s important to keep your knives as sharp as possible—especially when it comes down to slicing that beautiful turkey breast. Four Seasons Restaurant Executive Chef Diego Garcia says that he gives his knives a few passes with a honing steel all day long. What exactly is honing? It straightens the knife’s edge (unlike sharpening, which shaves off pieces of the blade to produce a fresh, sharp edge). “Not only are you able to make nicer cuts, but also having a sharp knife reduces the risk of getting cut,” he says. “If the knife is dull, it tends to slide off the surface of certain ingredients, taking a piece of your finger with it.” Try the Utopia Kitchen 12-inch steel rod for standard and serrated blades, which is made of carbon steel and plated with nickel-chrome.
Have you ever tried to cut your beautiful bird with a dull knife? You’ll end up mutilating it, which nobody at your dinner table will be thankful for. While professional chefs hone their knives all day long, they only sharpen them a few times a year. If you’re overdue for a serious sharpening but are intimidated by that meticulous process, then the Work Sharp E5 is the electric kitchen knife sharpener for you. It’s the only knife sharpener on the market that uses flexible abrasive belts—the same technology that Shun and Henckels use to craft their knives. It also has controlled speeds and timed sharpening cycles for quick and easy shaping and sharpening.
Ready for a flavorful and moist turkey that will leave your guests raving about your skills in the kitchen? Then it’s time to take Thanksgiving up a notch by brining your turkey. Fire & Flavor’s Turkey Perfect herb brine kit includes a large, double zipper, BPA-free bag for your convenience and you can choose from three flavors: Apple sage, herb, or Cajun.
If your Thanksgiving spread isn’t complete without homemade breads and pie crusts, then you’ll definitely want to invite the magical shortcut of the Kenmore Elite Ovation Stand Mixer into your life. Its innovative no-mess design lets you directly add ingredients to the easy-grip 5-quart glass mixing bowl without stopping or splattering everywhere — and it seals all the way around to prevent flying flour messes. Even if you think you’re a mixing pro, it’s wise to read up on these 36 everyday items you’ve been using wrong this whole time—you’ll be surprised to learn what you’re doing wrong with your mixer.
Your Thanksgiving guests are seated around the table, and you bring out the centerpiece: a freshly roasted turkey. You smile, knowing that turkey is going to be moist and scrumptious because you basted it with the Norpro Deluxe Stainless Steel Baster. This baster is strong and sturdy, something any chef will appreciate after fumbling with flimsy, plastic ones. It has great suction, and the black bulb is softer than plastic basters so it’s more pliable and easier to detach and remove for cleaning. Included is an injector needle to inject flavorful juices beneath the bird’s skin, and a cleaning brush. Don’t miss these tips for hosting a warm, meaningful Thanksgiving.
Gravy boat with candle
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When you’re passing the turkey gravy to your guests around the Thanksgiving table, the last thing you want is the gravy turning cold and congealing into a gelatinous mess. But that won’t happen with the Norpro Porcelain Gravy Sauce Boat with Stand and Candle. This gravy boat holds two full cups of gravy, kept perfectly warm over a candle without electric cords getting in the way of your lovely tablescape. Since the gravy boat can also keep sauces and clarified butter warm, you’ll want to use it all year long. You’ll keep your sanity with these 16 Thanksgiving stress-busting tips.
When you think of Thanksgiving dessert, pie comes to mind. But what kind should you bake? Grandma loves pecan pie, but Uncle Tony wants pumpkin pie. Now there’s a great way to add pie variety with less work with the Chicago Metallic Split Decision Pie Pan. This pan includes two inserts so you can create either a traditional full-sized pie or two halves of different types. Made from aluminized steel, the pan has superior heat conduction and a non-stick coating for easy clean-up. Everyone will be smiling when you serve pecan and pumpkin pie. When you’re finally ready to sit down, these 20 funny Thanksgiving quotes will keep your table giggling.