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Here's the Kitchen Equipment You Need to Make Thanksgiving Dinner a Success

Serving up the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is about much more than producing the perfect turkey. In reality, preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal involves many moving parts requiring the right combination of planning and multitasking to pull off. If you've...

Serving up the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is about much more than producing the perfect turkey. In reality, preparing the traditional Thanksgiving meal involves many moving parts requiring the right combination of planning and multitasking to pull off. If you've been served a Thanksgiving dinner that looked effortless, we promise you, you were in the presence of a wizard: there was a whole lot more than what you witnessed going on behind the curtain. A critical part of the process? Having the right kitchen tools. Let's take a look at a few Thanksgiving meal must-haves.

Thanksgiving dinner
Are you ready to take on your turkey?

 

1. A Roasting Pan

The crowning glory of your Thanksgiving meal is your turkey. Don't mess around with inferior cooking vessels. Instead, invest in a sturdy roasting pan which can go straight from the oven to the stovetop. Flimsy pans are practically an invitation for Chinese meal delivery -- not to mention dangerous when it comes to potential spills and burns.

We love Le Creuset's 7 Quart Roaster in festive "flame" for its resistance to chips and cracks, dishwasher-friendliness, and sublime heat retention.

Don't forget -- you'll need a roasting rack to go with it. Or, seek out a practical two-in-one version like Cuisinox's Open Roaster With Rack.

Not only will a roasting pan come in handy on Thanksgiving, but can be used for many tasks throughout the year -- from roasting veggies to desserts.

2. Fat Separator

It may be small, but it's mighty. This handy tool is every gravy maker's best friend. Why bother with messy strainers when this all-in-one gets the job done with ease. Say goodbye to lumpy gravy and hello to rich, flavorful gravy guaranteed to be the perfect sidekick to your star turkey.

Other turkey-related must haves? A baster and a waterproof thermometer -- both of which can help you ensure that your taste is moist, flavorful and done to perfection.

And our favorite secret weapon for cutting your turkey without losing any of its precious juices? The masterful John Boos Aztec Board.

3. Microwave-Safe Baking Dishes

Preparing food in advance is a valuable time-saver which lets you get all of your entrees and sides on the table at the same time. The best way to maximize time while minimizing mess? Microwave-safe baking dishes. Simply prepare your dressing, vegetables, and other sides in advance then pop in the microwave or oven before serving.

The best part? Fiesta Square Bakers are as pretty as they are practical.

Thanksgivng Dinner
The embodiment of beautiful baking.

 

4. Display-Worthy Pie Dishes

A well-made pie is a work of art, so why would you want to serve your luscious labor of your love in something less than beautiful? Pretty pie dishes go directly from the oven to table for the ultimate in ease and elegance. Our pick? Le Creuset pie dishes -- the perfect addition to any tablescape. (And speaking of pie, if you're making your own pie crust this year, you'll also need a rolling pin.)

The best part of investing in these items now? While Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, these kitchen tools will keep you cooking all year long. Stock up now on kitchenware, barware, cookware, ovenware and so much more at Cilantro The Cooks Shop.