Top 10 Thanksgiving must-haves



You've got the guest list, shopping list, and Thanksgiving wines ready. But before preparing your Thanksgiving feast, we would like to recommend a few tools to make the stressful experience easier. Our list of Top 10 Thanksgiving Must-Haves ranges from inexpensive utensils that cost a few dollars to high-end appliances, all designed to ease your workload and avoid Thanksgiving disasters, like a baster rolling off the table, an unevenly cooked bird, lumpy gravy, and even turkey hitting the floor. If only there were a tool to stop relatives from bickering!

All-Clad Tools Poultry Lifters  
Price: $27
A twenty-pound bird is unwieldy in the store, but is even tougher to maneuver when piping hot. All-Clad Stainless Steel Poultry Lifters make it easy to move your turkey from the roaster to the carving board to the serving platter, and their tines are well-spaced and sturdy for easy balance. They're dishwasher-safe so they’re easy to clean, and they come with a lifetime warranty. Additionally, they're a good-looking match for your stainless roasting pan.

Black & Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife
Price: $10
A good carving knife can make the difference between clean sliced meat and a bird that's been hacked to pieces. The Black & Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife has a serrated stainless steel blade that can produce both thick cuts and thin deli slices. Its nonslip handle will give you comfort and security while you carve, and the safety lock prevents possible injury from accidental starts. If your Thanksgiving spread includes hard cheeses or freshly baked bread, this knife will provide a good cut for those as well. It also makes a good gift to bring to a holiday party.

Calphalon Stainless 16-Inch Roaster
Price: $110
Did Grandma love the drumstick, but Uncle Carl complain that the wing was overdone? Then it's time you tried the Calphalon Stainless Roaster. The 16-inch roasting pan is made of stainless steel with an aluminum core designed for high-quality conductivity, allowing your bird to roast evenly. It will make your turkey tender, even though it's so tough it can handle temperatures up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. This kitchen aid comes with a V-shaped nonstick roasting rack and stay-cool handles that are extended high for easy transport in and out of your oven. Clean-up is easy – just put it in the dishwasher when you’re finished. Or let Uncle Carl do it while you're accepting praise for your well-prepared bird.

Char-Broil Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer
Price: $99
The Big Easy Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer by Char-Broil cooks your holiday turkey to the same delectable moistness as a standard deep-fryer, but without the dangerous and unhealthy oil. The efficient 16,000 BTU infrared heat cooks your bird (up to sixteen pounds) evenly and quickly, taking only eight to ten minutes per pound. Since there is no oil used in the fryer, turkeys can be prepared not only with marinades under the skin, but also with rubs on the outside. This offers a new twist to achieving turkey's crispy skin. The outdoor Big Easy Turkey Fryer's infrared cooking technology offers a healthy, safe and clean alternative to the traditional oil deep-fryer.

Cuisinart Pro Classic Food Processor
Price: $100
We're not sure when Cuisinart became synonymous with food processors, but we certainly are fans of the brand as well. The Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor comes with attachments that allow you to knead dough, slice and chop vegetables, mince herbs and mix batter. Are you a food processor rookie? A 30-minute how-to DVD will put you on the right track, and a 50-page cookbook can provide inspiration for new recipes. All parts of the processor are dishwasher-safe, and it comes with a five-year warranty.

Fiesta Deep Dish Pie Baker
Price: $25
Fiesta is one of the most beloved and most collected dinnerware brands in the U.S.  The festively colored products have been an all-American staple since 1936. Fiesta’s Deep Dish Pie Baker is lead and cadmium free and made from fully vitrified china. It is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe and — best of all — your pie dish comes with a five-year chip warranty.

KRUPS Immersion Blender
Price: $72
Lumpy gravy, be gone! A little precision German engineering can go a long way when it comes to the shelf life of your kitchen appliances. The brand KRUPS has been around since 1846. The KRUPS Immersion Blender can chop, puree and blend most foods using six variable speeds. The durable stainless steel shaft removes easily to store, or to switch to any of the accessories that come with this blender, which include a whisk, a beaker and a mini chopper. The soft grip ergonomic handle can give you a more comfortable blending experience, and it comes with a wall mount for quick storage. This blender also features an LCD screen so you can monitor your speeds as you prep.

Kuhn Rikon Potato Masher
Price: $18
If you've ever tried to mash hot potatoes with a big fork, you're appreciate the Kuhn Rikon Potato Masher. This heavy-duty stainless steel kitchen tool has a thin-steel, zigzag design to crush potatoes efficiently, as well as a waterproof steel barrel handle and hanging loop for easy storage. You can even use this dishwasher-safe tool to mash avocados for guacamole, or sweet potatoes for a casserole.

Norpro Glass Baster
Price: $6
Basic plastic basters are available in pretty much any grocery store, but if you're not a fan of BPA, check out a glass version. This tempered glass baster can handle heat as high as 450 degrees Fahrenheit without cracking or melting, and — this is very cool —  its square edges will keep it from rolling off your counter. It holds two ounces, and you won’t have any trouble reading the neatly printed measurements on it. It’s less than a foot long and about five ounces, making storage easy. It’s an inexpensive way to get a good start on a juicy turkey.

Proteak Teak Cutting Board
Price: $90
If you're shopping for a solid, reliable cutting board to hold your holiday bird, consider Proteak. The company uses wood grown on conflict-free, sustainable plantations. We also like that no two boards look alike. Also, teak's distinct texture makes cutting efficient; the wood is hard enough to withstand knife blades and soft enough to keep knives sharp. The Proteak Teak Cutting Board is not only large enough to hold a 20-pound turkey, it also has a juice canal built into all four sides.


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