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It’s almost Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Whether this is your first time cooking dinner or your fortieth, there always seems to be a kitchen tool that you wish you had to make the preparations easier. Below, you can find a list of kitchen tools you won’t want to be without.
Must have Thanksgiving kitchen tools
A turkey baster
This may be the most overlooked item every year. You have everything all prepared, but once you get going you realize you have no way to baste the turkey. Or, in some cases, your baster may need replacing. It’s one of those things that you usually only use a few times a year, so you tend to forget you need a new one until the turkey is already in the oven. Turkey basters don’t have to be reserved for only turkey either. They make great pancake batter spreaders! You can make hearts, flowers, stick people – anything your heart desires!
A good stainless steel whisk will take the lumps out of your mashed potatoes and gravy quickly. On days when you aren’t making Thanksgiving dinner, try using it to mix cake batters and brownies or beat eggs.
A turkey knife
Some people like to carve their turkeys with electric knives, and some people prefer to just use a long sharp knife. One of the best ways to tell if a knife is of high quality is to make sure the blade extends through the handle. A cheaply made knife will wobble after a few uses, but a good knife should keep you carving turkeys like a pro for years to come.
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Measuring cups and measuring spoons
From pies to mashed potatoes to green bean casserole, you’ll need measuring cups and spoons. The most convenient kind are adjustable, though a Pyrex measuring cup comes in handy for a lot of things, including boiling water for tea in the microwave on a day when you don’t want to bother with the pot on the stove.
Before the big day, make sure you have enough mixing bowls. If you get nice bowls, you can use them as serving bowls too. The best kind to have are glass, because then you can use them on the counter for mixing, in the oven for cooking, and on the table for serving. Multi-use tools are always a plus!
A large cutting board
You’ll need a large cutting board for cutting up the turkey, and you may want some smaller ones for cutting up veggies or hors d’oeuvres. It’s also recommended that you keep different cutting boards for meat and vegetables. You can even get colored cutting boards so they’re easy to distinguish.
While it seems like a lot of tools for one meal, any of the tools above can be used all year round for all different types of meals. Once you have these kitchen tools, you’ll wonder how you ever cooked a meal without them.
Do you have any kitchen tools to add to the list?