Thanksgiving Gear

Have you ever been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner and witness the host or hostess trying to carve the turkey with a dinner fork, a large knife on a small cutting board?  Having the right equipment from cooking to serving will make for more enjoyable and entertaining Thanksgiving celebration.

Here is a check list of cookware and tabletop items to make this Thanksgiving preparations easy.

Turkey

  • Roasting Pan and Rack – to keep the turkey from sitting in its juices and allowing air to flow
  • Meat Thermometer – to ensure the turkey is cooked to the right temperature and does not get dry.
  • Cotton Twine – to keep the legs trussed
  • Cutting Board – use a large sturdy wooden board that has a well around its edges to catch the juices.
  • Baster – look for one that has a silicone bulb, dripless tube and easy-to-clean
  • Whisk – a must have for smooth gravy.  Your best bet is an all stainless steel one.
  • Potato Masher – for rustic chunky mash potatoes

Cookware & Bakeware

  • Rolling Pin
  • Pastry Brush – have a few one for the pies and one for the turkey
  • Mixing Bowls, Baking Dishes, Pots, Pans and Utensils – take inventory and buy extra as there are many food items to cook.  Consider investing in a few attractive casserole dishes that can go from oven to table.
  • Pie Dish – go with a heavy-duty ceramic to ensure that the crust cooks evenly. A standard size is 9 – 10 inches in diameter.
  • Mini Muffin Pan- great for appetizers and desserts

Tabletop

  • Table Settings – Consider your party style then take inventory of your tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings, candles, place cards and buy what is needed.
  • Platters, Servings Bowls and Serving Utensil- know what you have and be prepared if guests are bringing food to have extra platters and serving utensils handy.
  • Dishes, Silverware and Glasses – Again take inventory of what you already have and supplement if needed. If you have a more casual party setting then select high-quality disposable or  eco-friendly dishes.
  • Storage Containers for Leftovers – Make clean up easier and safely store leftovers with Tupperware.  Have disposable plastic containers in various sizes handy to send guests home with leftovers.

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