If your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving day is spent almost entirely in the kitchen. From the moment the bird goes in the oven (when the morning’s first pot of coffee is on), it’s the site of chopping and sautéing and mixing and pulling out dog-eared family recipe books. It’s where my sister and I bake way too many pies for dessert, and the place where guests gather for cocktails before the meal. All that time spent in the kitchen calls for some no-fail tools, brilliant tricks, and some special serveware, too. This is the most anticipated meal of the year, after all. (No pressure.)
But don’t worry. Here at Food52, we’ve rounded up the best of the best kitchenware to help your holiday go off without a hitch, from the ultimate potato masher to a thermometer that’ll guarantee the juiciest bird ever. Whether you’re hosting for the first time or the twentieth, consult this checklist for everything you’ll need for the most beautiful, effortless Thanksgiving ever.
Our own Five Two cutting board is tricked out with clever features that’ll make every stage of dinner prep a breeze, including a juice groove and tiny pour spout for making stocks and gravies, plenty of surface area, and an antimicrobial bamboo material.
How to make silky-smooth, flavorful gravy that’s not too heavy? With this smart little tool. The heat-resistant glass container makes it easy to pour off excess fat, then pour the good stuff right into your gravy boat.
If you’re in charge of dinner this year, you’ll likely be juggling a dozen dishes (and timers) at once. Take checking the turkey off your list with this smart digital thermometer, which sends real-time temperature updates to the screen and will ping when your pre-set temp is reached.
The pièce de résistance deserves an equally grand presentation. Serve the turkey on a simple, organic-edge platter like this one, made in Montreal. (P.S. The platter is dishwasher safe—one less thing for you to wash when the night is over.)
Arm yourself with this set from master French knifemaker Laguiole, and you’ll make turkey-carving look easy. The super-sharp knife and fork will slice the meat to perfection (and they come in a handsome box, too).
With extra-long handles for reaching across stovetops and scraping edges that get every last drop of homemade cranberry sauce out of the pan, these wooden spoons are indispensable for each step of Thanksgiving dinner prep.
You know how oven mitts have a tendency to go missing, just when the sweet potatoes need to come out of the oven? These have a magnet sewn in, so you can stick them to the fridge and know just where to find them.