15 Products That Make Cooking and Serving Thanksgiving Dinner a Breeze
From roasting a perfect turkey to mashing lump-free potatoes, Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful! Never fear—we found the best gadgets to help you cook a holiday meal.
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A gravy boat is one of those items that we overlook in the rush leading up to the holidays. You might have checked off all the details like place cards, napkins and everyone’s favorite pies, but don’t forget this important piece of serveware! This one from Sur la Table ($30) is pretty and neutral, perfect for any tabletop. Be sure to fill it up with the good stuff: scratch-made gravy.
Hello Fresh Thanksgiving Box
Need help on Thanksgiving from start to finish? The Hello Fresh Thanksgiving Box (from $16) provides easy-to-follow directions and all the ingredients you need to prepare a turkey, homemade gravy, four sides and a dessert for up to ten people.
Wüsthof Boning Knife
With the right tools, carving a turkey doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Use a sharp boning knife ($118) to carve up the bird carefully. These knives are a bit more flexible than your traditional chef’s knife so they can work their way around the turkey more deftly.
Amazon / Circulon
You’ll need a durable roaster to handle the turkey. This nonstick roasting pan ($30) is sturdy and distributes heat evenly during roasting. The U-shaped rack keeps the turkey elevated to allow fats and liquids to drain away. It should get you through this Thanksgiving and many more to come.
Turkey Brine & Rub Kit
Brining your turkey before roasting guarantees the meat will be juicy and flavorful. Sur La Table has made things easy with a Turkey Brine & Rub Kit ($20) that includes a pepper-herb spice rub and a brining bag that can handle a bird up to 24 pounds.
Amazon / Priority Chef
Potato Ricer and Masher
The mashed potatoes of everyone’s dreams are light, fluffy and smooth. Using a potato ricer ($25) makes quick work of cooked spuds and creates an exceptional consistency. No more worries about lumpy or gluey mashed potatoes!
Electric Carving Knife
Make quick work of carving your turkey or ham with an electric carving knife ($24). This works great for slicing up the larger pieces of the bird, like the breast.
Amazon / OXO
Good Gravy Fat Separator
A great gravy really makes the dinner shine, ladled over slices of turkey and mounds of mashed potatoes. This fat separator ($25) makes the process of making gravy sooo much easier. A strainer at the top removes lumps and seasonings, and with a quick squeeze of the handle, the liquids are released and the fat left behind.
Flexible Pie Server
Getting that first slice of pie out of the plate cleanly is always a challenge, but with the right tools, you can get a perfect slice. A flexible spatula ($8) is just the tool you need to lift that slice of pumpkin pie out.
Amazon / BestUtensils
Stainless Steel Turkey Baster
Baste the turkey with the cooking juices during roasting to keep the surface from overcooking and give the bird a uniform color. This stainless steel option ($10) will do the trick and is easy to clean thanks to the included bottle brush.
Amazon / Hamilton Beach
12-Cup Food Processor
When you’re faced with a huge pile of onions and celery to chop for your homemade stuffing, you will so grateful to have a food processor on hand! In addition to making quick work of dicing vegetables, a food processor ($60) will also bring the dough for your Thanksgiving pies together in a snap.
Large, Festive Serving Tray
Sur La Table
A successful Thanksgiving dinner is all about the timing, which means you will have several dishes cooking at once. Instead of scrambling to find multiple kitchen timers, this OXO version ($20) lets you run three timers simultaneously. Even handier, each timer has a distinct alarm.