Every year at this time, we turn back our clocks, stow the Halloween decorations and get ready to tackle the next big foodie holiday on the calendar. Then the craziness of National Sandwich Day passes and we prepare for Thanksgiving.
This year, our buying team assembled a Thanksgiving preparation top ten: a collection of tools, cooking vessels and serving pieces to help you pull off the perfect Thanksgiving. And, because I can never leave well enough alone, I asked them why they made their selections. Here’s what they told me:
“Nothing says Thanksgiving like this quintessential roasting pan from Mauviel, which is the ultimate example of form meets function. Beautiful, classic styling meets 5-ply construction for fast, even heating every time. This piece is made in France just for us and comes with a bonus nonstick rack and vintage-inspired towel.”–Diana Gringle, Buyer, Cookware and Cutlery
“The perfect set for carving your turkey! It comes with everything you need—a Wüsthof Gourmet 9″ carving knife, 6″ fork, and a 15½” x 11″ Epicurean carving board.”—Sarah Hatridge, Assistant Buyer, Cookware and Cutlery
“Basting during roasting keeps your bird juicier and gives you that crispy skin everyone loves. This baster is angled, making it easier to get around the backside without scorching your arm on the oven and without having to pull the whole bird out of the oven to baste.”–Jennifer Mudge, aka Gadget Girl
“If you want really good homemade gravy for your Thanksgiving meal, you have to start with the flavorful turkey drippings, but you don’t want all the fat. This deluxe fat separator makes it easy to separate the good drippings from the bad. Also great for separating the fat from the homemade turkey stock you can make with the leftover bird the day after.”–Jennifer Mudge
“The stoneware pie dishes are a top-ten item because they make presentation so much easier for dessert! When you go to someone’s house for the holidays and take a pie, they don’t usually look as good as they taste because you can see through the dishes. These stoneware dishes are in great colors and are great gift items, too, because of the great price.”–Clare McCormick, Assistant Buyer, Bakeware and Books
“There is nothing worse than overcooked turkey (except maybe undercooked turkey) and this thermometer gives you perfect results—cord free. Your smart phone connects with the device and tells you when your bird is perfect, without even being in the kitchen.”–Jennifer Mudge
“This is the EASIEST-to-clean roasting rack you will find. Plus, it molds to fit whatever pan you’re using it in, so it’s good year-round, not just for your turkey.”–Jennifer Mudge
“This is the PERFECT item for not only serving in your own home, but also giving as a gift during the holiday season. It’s high-quality stoneware that takes your meal straight from oven to table with easy cleaning and storage. The included stoneware lid helps keeps food warm longer and prevents spills, and the baker is great for large meals (3.9 qt.) and taking dishes on the go. This fits everyone’s needs—and it comes in a variety of colors to fit everyone’s tastes.”–Karrin Sporrer, Assistant Buyer, Tabletop and Linens
“Most people don’t have a vessel large enough to fit a whole turkey for brining, so these oversized bags make it easy to brine your bird for the most juicy and flavorful results.”–Jennifer Mudge
And if a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s roughly ten thousand more words about our top ten.
But enough of our yakkin’. What have we missed? What are some of your essential Thanksgiving tools?
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