Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets for Cooking on Thanksgiving

Choosing from all the holidays of the winter season, I would have to say Thanksgiving is one my absolute favorites.

There is no stress of gifts or decoration. Only great food, family, laughter, libations, games, and a little gobble, gobble…whatever that means.

When we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mother-in-law, she lets me cook the entire meal, from planning to carving.  This may sound horrible to some of you, but I find it to be such a gift.  It is a joy for me to be creative, busy, and see the result on people s faces as they take their first bites of the meal.

I compiled my top 10 kitchen essentials that I can’t live without when cooking up a storm for Thanksgiving.  They are help me in creating a successful and delicious holiday meal.  To find out more details about these items, feel free to click on the picture.


Potato Ricer

I spent years without one of these.  I don’t know why, I just did.  Now, I have the smoothest, most fluffy mashed potatoes.


Classic Roasting Pan

A roasting pan is great to hold a turkey and it’s juices.  The handles make it super easy to transfer in and out of the oven…because I am pretty sure the 5- second rule doesn’t work on Thanksgiving.  Just sayin’.


Digital Meat Thermometer

Ya know, because you want to cook your turkey all the way through.  You don’t want to send your guests home giving thanks for Tums and toilet paper.


Cast Iron Apple Peeler

This gadget has changed my life.  When I attempt to make an apple pie, I can get through the apple peeling and slicing part in a few short minutes.  It is so amazing that I call the family in when I use it and we all take turns.  Seriously.  Another bonus is that it can also peel a smaller or halved potato.  If you hate peeling like me, this may just close the deal for you.


Gravy Fat Separator

I remember watching my mom try to take the fat out of her turkey drippings by using a spoon.  She would tip the pan and take tiny spoonfuls of fat and dump them.  It was a long and tedious process.  With this little ditty you just pour all the drippings over the top.  It filters all the random pieces of debris, then lets the good clear juices settle to the bottom so they easily pour out of the spout.  Genius!


Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener

Sometimes when I go to the homes of friends, I’ll randomly sharpen their knives, because I know they probably aren’t.  People, if there is one lesson you take away from this post, let it be this: KEEP YOUR KNIVES SHARPENED!  It truly can change the way you cook.   This sharpener is the best $13 I have ever spent.  Short of taking my knives to get professionally sharpened, this gadget has done me good! (Just make sure you read the directions!)  You won’t even need that scary electric sharpener for carving your turkey.  You chef’s knife will just glide through the goodness.


Butchers Twine

To tie up your turkey legs.  Let’s face it, there are some of you in the crowd that have tried to use dental floss, then realized after taking your first bite that you accidentally grabbed the mint flavored kind.  My friends, that’s why they make butcher’s twine.  Wrap it around those turkey legs like you just lassoed your first steer.  And it won’t leave any residual flavor.


Pastry Scraper

I used my first scraper in culinary school. I couldn’t get over how cool it was! I still use this thing when I attempt to bake anything that needs to be rolled or kneaded. It is amazing at scraping up every last piece of dough from the countertop. I even use it to lift pie crusts and bread dough so they don’t stick.


This one if for my mom. She swears by the ergonomics of the swiss peeler, (meaning the blade is on the top, not the side.)  She gushes about how it doesn’t make her hand cramp up after peeling 5 lbs of potatoes. So, if you are going to do your peeling by hand, the swiss peeler has Mom’s stamp of approval all over.

And Finally…

Because things can get a little “saucy” at the holidays.  And everyone knows a pumpkin pie hat will match your clothing better than a lampshade.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!  Happy Cooking!

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are totally and completely my own.

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets for Cooking on Thanksgiving

    1. Erin Post author

      Okay, maybe you are right. I definitely have picked up and brushed off when feeding my family. God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt.

  1. Mom

    My 7 best tips for a great Thanksgiving. 1. It doesn’t have to happen on Thursday. 2. Get over the idea that you are the mom and therefore you should be cooking the feast. May take some time. 3. Have a daughter in law who is a great cook and give her the keys to the kitchen. 4. Have a husband-son who will take over the cleanup. 5. Throw in a couple of wonderful grandchildren, neighbor without family and turn off the tv./social media gadgets 6. Take time to think about 5 things you are thankful for and go beyond the generic. 7. Hold someone’s hand and squeeze

  2. Marie:)

    Good grief, Erin. I don’t have any of this stuff so now I know what to stick on my Christmas wish list! This is the potato ricer I need to make my own gnocchi, right?

  3. Erin Post author

    Marie, I am sure you did a fine job without any of the gadgets! BUT, you must get the ricer! Perfect for gnocchi. Just like we discussed. 🙂


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