Your Thanksgiving Gear Checklist: 10 Things to Make Sure You Have Before Thanksgiving Day - Shopping

Your Thanksgiving Gear Checklist: 10 Things to Make Sure You Have Before Thanksgiving Day - Shopping
From The Kitchn - November 10, 2017

Having just moved and still slowly unpacking a garage full of boxes, I am currently on the hunt for all my Thanksgiving equipment, so that I can avoid panic the week of Turkey Day. We host our family every year, and I can verify that you do not need a ton of equipmentjust a short list of essentials.

Here are the 10 equipment essentials you will need to pull off your best Thanksgiving ever (even if it's your first).

1. Roasting pan

You will need a roasting pan whether you are serving turkey or any other roast, including whole roasted cauliflower. You can totally buy a cheap, disposable aluminum roasting pan at the grocery store or invest in an inexpensive one to use year after year.

Buy: All-Clad Stainless-Steel Roasters with Rack, from $100 at Williams-Sonoma

2. Digital probe thermometer

Lest you think that a probe thermometer is purely for turkey roasting, let me remind you that a reliable probe thermometer can also tell you when pies and dinner rolls are done too. Look for one with an easy-to-read digital display with a reasonably long probe for getting a reliable reading deep in the turkey breast.

Buy: ThermoPro Digital Food Cooking Thermometer, $10

3. Carving board

A carving board is a cutting board with a grooved moat around its edges to collect meat juices and keep them from dripping off the cutting board and onto the floor. What may seem like an extra expense can actually do double duty as a serving board if you do not have a large serving platter.

Buy: J.K. Adams 20-Inch-by-14-Inch Maple Wood Traditional Carving Board, $46

4. Disposable gloves

This is literally the best $10 you will spend all year. Buy yourself a box of disposable vinyl gloves for turkey carving and use them for everything from rolling truffles to spatchcocking chickens from now until Halloween of 2018.

Buy: Disposable Food Prep Cooking Gloves, $9 for 100

5. Extra baking dishes

Woefully, I am still hunting down my box of glass and ceramic baking dishes, because I know that I will use every single one of them for Thanksgiving. Everything from green bean casserole to cornbread dressing needs a baking dish. Luckily you can buy these pretty inexpensively at Target, your grocery store, or Amazon. If you have got time to thrift hunt, you can often find used ones at your local thrift store, too.

6. Baking sheets

7. A sturdy rolling pin

8. Heavy-duty aluminum foil

9. Containers for leftovers

10. An electric knife


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