Thanksgiving Toolbox: The Kitchen Equipment You Actually Need Slideshow

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ThermoWorks Splash-Proof Thermapen
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Poultry Thermometer
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Using a thermometer is one of the more accurate ways to measure a turkey’s doneness and avoid the possibility of an overcooked, dry bird. Plus, this tool can also be used for other roasted meat dishes.  

Splurge: ThermoWorks Splash-Proof Thermapen, $96

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Courtesy of ThermoWorks

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Polder Original Cooking All-In-One Timer/Thermometer
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Poultry Thermometer
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Photo courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Williams-Sonoma Angled Dripless Bulb Baster
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Bulb Baster
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Basting prevents the turkey from drying out and allows the delicious pan juices to be absorbed, producing crispy, flavorful skin and succulent, tender meat.

 

Splurge: Williams-Sonoma Angled Dripless Bulb Baster, $18

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Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

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Revol Grands Classiques Fat/Lean Sauce Boat
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Gravy Separator
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Gravy Separator: When making your own gravy, separating the drippings from the fat can be a messy and time-consuming process, but this tool makes it much easier (and cleaner).

Splurge: Revol Grands Classiques Fat/Lean Sauce Boat, $49.95

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Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Oxo Good Grips Fat Separator
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Gravy Separator
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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Rosle Julienne Peeler
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Vegetable Peeler
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A vegetable peeler is one of the more time-efficient kitchen tools and, because it’s so easy to use, anyone can be roped into helping prep the vegetables – no excuses.

 

Splurge: Rosle Julienne Peeler, $27

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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler
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Vegetable Peeler
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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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All-Clad Stainless Steel Turkey Lifters
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Turkey Lifters
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Thanksgiving turkeys can be heavy and cumbersome to transport from roasting pan to carving board – these lifters alleviate that problem and prevent the much-awaited dinner from falling on the floor.

 

Splurge: All-Clad Stainless Steel Turkey Lifters, $11.24

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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Norpro Turkey and Poultry Lifters
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Turkey Lifters
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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Hinoki Cutting Board
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Oversized Cutting Board
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Oversized Cutting Board: A large, wooden cutting board is not only a beautiful addition to your kitchen, but also comes in handy for prepping a lot of vegetables and carving the turkey. A board with a groove for catching runaway juices is ideal.

 

Splurge: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Hinoki Cutting Board, $119.95

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Courtesy of Sur La Table

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Farberware 3-piece Wood Cutting Board Set
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Oversized Cutting Board
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Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Saladini Horn Handle Carving Knife Set
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Carving Set
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Carving sets traditionally consist of a carving fork and knife. The things to look for when purchasing a set are sharpness and heft.

 

Splurge: Saladini Horn Handle Carving Knife Set, $379

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Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

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Chicago Cutlery Landmark 3-Piece Carving Knife Set
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Carving Set
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Courtesy of Amazon.com

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All-Clad Stainless Steel Nonstick Roaster
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Stainless Steel Roaster
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Stainless Steel Roaster: A versatile roasting pan is useful for cooking all types of roasts throughout the holiday season and winter.

 

Splurge: All-Clad Stainless Steel Nonstick Roaster, $229

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Courtesy of All-Clad

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Progressive International Stainless Steel Roasting Pan
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Stainless Steel Roaster
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Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Cuisipro Roasting Rack
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Roasting Rack
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Useful for separating the turkey from the pan drippings, producing a slightly less greasy bird and easy access to the pan juices for basting.

 

Splurge: Cuisipro Roasting Rack, $20

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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Norpro Nonstick Adjustable Roast Rack
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Roasting Rack
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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Rosle Potato Masher
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Potato Masher
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Mashing potatoes is much easier and more fun with a masher, which can also be used for crushing whole tomatoes in sauces.

 

Splurge: Rosle Potato Masher, $45

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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Calphalon Nylon Potato Masher
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Potato Masher
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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere

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Bamix Professional Immersion Blender
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Immersion Blender
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This hand-held tool is perfect for pureeing holiday soups right in the pot, removing the messy step of transferring to a blender and back again.

 

Splurge: Bamix Professional Immersion Blender, $179.95

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Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

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Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender
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Immersion Blender
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Steal: Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick Immersion Hand Blender, $26.67

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Courtesy of Amazon.com

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Tovolo Clear Dripless Baster
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Bulb Baster
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Steal: Tovolo Clear Dripless Baster, $7.99

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Courtesy of Maryse Chevriere