If you need to cook a Thanksgiving meal, you'll need to use pans, knives, chopping boards, cake plates, and many other common kitchen tools.
But what about the little-known tools that can be of great help to make the Thanksgiving dinner perfect? I've put together some of CNET Editors favorite cooking utensils (and some unconventional) cooking utensils that you can use to make a fantastic holiday meal.
A Must for Spatchcocking
I use my kitchen scissors almost every day, but they are especially important for Thanksgiving, if they help me roast the perfect turkey.
Instead of frying a turkey as usual (dressed, kneaded and in the oven) hours), I butterfly or spatchcock my turkey. With my kitchen scissors, I carefully remove the spine and lay the turkey flat. The result is a quick roast (about two hours), a perfectly cooked breast and a crispy skin.
– Sharon Pros
For impressive-looking cakes
My contribution to Thanksgiving Day is a layered, spiced pumpkin pie peppered with miniature chocolate chips.
After years of frustration trying to frost the cake with a regular old table knife, I finally bought a staggered spatula. Why did I wait so long ?! The cake looks more impressive, I wear less frosting and cost me only $ 10.
– Jessica Dolcourt
A grease separator
The turkey is ready and resting from the oven, and it's time to make the gravy. The best I've found for separating the drop from the fat is this OXO separator.
Pour the contents of the frying pan through the sieve lid, which catches most of the onions and celery you have put in pan for frying. Then wait a few minutes for the fat to rise up while the good stuff settles underneath.
Then just pour the goodness into your saucepan and go off, the fat stays in the trap. Bang zoom and you're done!
– Jim Hoffman
My favorite Thanksgivings are those where I use my favorite cooking tool and fresh crab that I bought at Fisherman's Wharf that day, go to the city. Get lemons and fresh sourdough and dinner will be served.
Yeah, the only kitchen tool I can not live without is a nutcracker that I can use to crack my own crab while thanking me for Netflix, Dungeness Crab, and a deep, dark stout. Happy Thanksgiving!
– Caitlin Petrakovitz
A garlic press
Garlic press. Why? Garlic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, with green beans fried with tomatoes and garlic and roasted artichoke and aubergine dip as a starter.
This is an inexpensive tool that saves a lot of time.
– Connie Guglielmo
Old school workhorse
An old pyrex shell
My family's Thanksgiving is my grandmother's corn pudding. We can not eat without that.
The handwritten recipe is at least 60 years old and she always baked it in a Pyrex mixing bowl from Old Orchard. I took over making Thanksgiving corn pudding a few years ago and still use an old Pyrex bowl.
These colorful bowls have stood the test of time, handling the stove like a champagne and screaming nostalgia to me. If you do not have one inherited from your family, you can find it on eBay or look for cheap prices at your local thrift stores.
– Sarah Mitroff
Precision, every time
A kitchen scale
One of my favorite devices, especially during the holidays, is my Salter electronic kitchen scale.
Every baker needs one to measure accurately. Need 10 ounces of dark chocolate for these tiny melted chocolate cakes and do not want to guess? Stack it on the scales. Do you have a child who likes to bake? They become addicted to using them while unknowingly doing math.
Note: I've had one of mine for over ten years, but the scale shown is similar to my base model.
– Anne Dujmovic
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