As crazy as it may seem, Thanksgiving is less than a month away. With that wake up call comes a reminder to begin preparing both your stomach (for all the delicious food) and your home with essential tools for the Turkey Day feast.
By making sure you own these five essential Thanksgiving tools you can stay calm when the big day comes — unless your family is a bit unpredictable after their fair share of turkey and toasting, that is.
- A roasting pan: Sure, the grocery store where you bought your turkey may give you an aluminum pan to cook the meat in, but wouldn’t you rather keep the turkey juice in the pan instead of all over the oven?
- An all-inclusive digital timer: When one oven is cooking multiple family favorites, you’d hate to play favorites. Buy a timer that counts down for each dish separately and avoid the risk of burning or under cooking anything.
- A remote digital thermometer: Overcooked turkey is perhaps the number one fear on Thanksgiving (with undercooked turkey a close second), but with a remote digital thermometer you won’t have to worry. Simply insert the thermometer into your bird before placing it in the oven and wait for the timer to go off.
- A fat separator: Save the fat for the dark meat and drain the turkey juices in a fat separator. Gravy may very well be the most important (and underrated) part of Thanksgiving dinner, so impress your guests by using this simple tool.
- A sharp knife and/or turkey lifters: These tools are both necessary — there’s no doubt about that, but both may already have a home in your kitchen. In order to slice the perfect pieces, you’ll need a sharp knife, and in order to get the sizzling turkey onto your cutting board, you’ll need turkey lifters.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so check your kitchen to see which of these tools you already own, and which ones you still need to buy. That way you’ll have one more thing to be thankful for: a stress-free morning.