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20 Kitchen Tools You Can’t Live Without for Thanksgiving

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Just because Thanksgiving traces back to the 1600s, it doesn’t mean your meal prep needs to come from the same century. After trying these handy gadgets, you’ll give thanks for modern cooking devices.

Slow cooker

Slow cookervia amazon.com

Between the pies, the bird, and the side dishes, most Thanksgiving hosts quickly run out of room in their ovens. Don’t worry, you can still ensure every dish is ready at the same time simply by setting up a slow cooker (or two). The Chefman All-Natural Slow Cooker, with its Paleo-certified stoneware insert, is available in three sizes and makes cleanup a breeze. And trust us: Once you make your green bean casserole this way, you’ll never go back to fighting for oven space. Just be sure you aren’t making these 15 slow cooker mistakes.

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Poultry shears

Poultry Shearsvia amazon.com

Whether you’re interested in Spatchcocking your turkey (removing the backbone so that the breasts cook flat and more quickly) or just need to do a little trimming, a pair of poultry shears makes the work so much easier. OXO Good Grips Poultry Shears feature soft, comfortable grips, a spring-loaded handle to prevent hand strain, and sharp stainless steel blades. When you’re ready to wash them, the blades separate so you can clean every nook and cranny. Don’t miss these 27 funny Thanksgiving help-line calls from Butterball.

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Meat thermometer

Meat Thermometervia amazon.com

On Thanksgiving, everyone who enters your kitchen seems to have an opinion on whether or not the turkey is done. Take the guesswork out of this important decision, with the Gourmia GTH9150 Dual Meat Thermometer—it reads the internal and surface temperatures of food within 2 percent accuracy. Its large LED digital display changes colors to indicate the level of doneness and a built-in magnet allows you to hang it on the fridge when not in use. Simply pierce your poultry for an accurate internal reading, or aim the handy laser for a remote wireless measurement.

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Cutting board

Cutting boardvia bedbathandbeyond.com

When you’re carving a serious bird, you need a serious board on which to cut. The double-sided Joseph Joseph Cut&Carve Bamboo Board has a central food grip for holding food while cutting, an angled cutting surface that will catch juice and crumbs, and easy-pour corners to make easy work of draining juices. A tough bamboo cutting surface, convenient side handles, and non-slip feet round out its features.


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Turkey lifters

Turkey Liftersvia amazon.com

Now that you’ve pulled the turkey out of the oven, how the heck do you transfer this piping hot, massive beast from the pan to the cutting board? With heavy-duty All-Clad Turkey Lifters, which are made of 18/10 stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish. You can also use one half of this pairing to help steady the turkey while you carve it.


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Non-stick stockpot

Non-stick potvia amazon.com

Maybe you’d like to make some good old-fashioned broth from the leftover turkey carcass? Or perhaps you’re planning to whip up Aunt Linda’s pumpkin soup recipe as a Thanksgiving Day appetizer. The Swiss Diamond nonstick stockpot was made for these big jobs. The tempered-glass lid has an adjustment steam vent, its patented nonstick surface coating is reinforced with real diamond particles to allow for oil-free cooking and enhanced heat conduction, and the heavy-duty cast aluminum will never warp.

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Recipe reader

Recipe readervia amazon.com

Between incoming text messages, phone calls, and that tiny screen, it can be downright impossible to follow a recipe on your smartphone. The JBL Link View is a Google-powered display and speaker hybrid that’s perfect for your kitchen counter; with simple voice commands, it displays recipes in a step-by-step mode so you’ll never need to put your messy hands on the screen. Plus, it’s splash-proof, so you don’t have to worry about spilling a few drops while cooking up a storm. And finally, it sports tremendous audio power, which means you can pump up the volume on your favorite tunes while cooking or set the mood with holiday music once it’s time to eat. Don’t miss these 23 mouthwatering Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

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Food processor

Food Processorvia amazon.com

No host wants to be stuck in the kitchen alone for many hours on Thanksgiving, missing out on their own party. Cut your prep time way down with the 14-cup Cuisinart food processor, which makes quick work of chopping celery and onion for dressing, whips up cranberry relish in a flash, and is the easiest way to crank out crust for pumpkin pies. While enjoying a glass of wine on the couch with your guests, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Find out the 50 kitchen mistakes it’s time to stop making.

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Instant side dishes

Instant potvia amazon.com

Food Network recipe developer Rick Martinez swears by one tool to help whip up Thanksgiving dinner more quickly: the almighty Instant Pot. Some of his favorite recipes include 20-minute mashed potatoes (place the potatoes in the pot, pour over salted water, and cook on high pressure for ten minutes before mashing up with your favorite seasonings and butter) and 5-minute green beans (add water, green beans and your preferred seasoning to the pot and cook on manual low pressure for five minutes). If you want ideas for how to use the pot year-round, check out the Food Network’s new, 12-week Facebook Watch show Pressure Point, which is all about these quick cookers. And, for the record, while the Instant Pot is a kitchen miracle that can handle almost anything, here are five things you should never use it for.

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Pie dough cutter

Pie dough cuttervia amazon.com

If you’re serious about making Pinterest-worthy holiday pies, then you’ll want to make even strips of dough for lattice-topped pies. Your typical pizza cutter may leave you frustrated, and that’s exactly why the “bicycle” pie dough cutter was invented says Bill Yosses, executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Restaurant and former White House executive pastry chef. This six-wheel pastry cutter is made of stainless steel and is also great for making breadsticks. In case you’re trying to decide what kind of pie to make, this is America’s No. 1 Thanksgiving pie—and it’s not pumpkin!

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