Must-Have Holiday Kitchen Tools

You’ve invited family and made your grocery list. Now here are our picks for the tools that will ensure your holiday dinner is deliciously smooth.

Roasting Pan

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Roasting Pan

Along with good knives, every kitchen needs a high-quality roasting pan. The Mauviel M'Cook Rectangle Roasting Pan with Rack will help cook your bird to perfection. It’s oven safe to 680°, so unless your oven has a “nuclear” setting, there’s no damage from simple broiling. And of course you’ll be making pan gravy with the drippings. This well-designed pan has pouring rims on all sides so that tasty sauce doesn’t drip on your good holiday linens. (wayfair.com; $160)

Turkey Forks

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Turkey Forks

Few things are as unwieldy in the kitchen as transferring a piping hot and very heavy roasted turkey from pan to serving platter. All-Clad’s brightly polished stainless steel Turkey Forks do the job beautifully. (wayfair.com; $35)

Turkey Baster

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Turkey Baster

The physics behind turkey basters hasn’t changed much in a millennium, but it’s the details of the Tovolo Turkey Baster that make a difference. Most basters leak when suctioning pan juices, making a drippy mess. Tovolo’s version has an angled tip and a silicone valve to keep the moisture where it belongs. (crateandbarrel.com; $20)

Timer

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Timer

The countdown is on! Busy cooks on Turkey Day will have their ovens going, plus a cooktop filled with side dishes. To keep your dinner cooking on time, use the useful, portable, and cute Clip Timer. (josephjoseph.com; $12)

Thermometer

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Thermometer

A thermometer is the go-to tool for confirming that your poultry is fully cooked or your rack of lamb is medium-rare, but they’re great for more than just meat. Use the CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer to measure water or other liquid temperatures when making homemade bread and rolls. (chefsresource.com; $18)

Slow Cooker

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Slow Cooker

The Bella Linx Serve and Store Slow Cooker not only looks handsome on your holiday buffet, it’ll keep those delicious veggie side dishes warm and keep them from drying out. The clever design lets as many as six slow cookers connect together with different temperature controls. (jcpenny.com; from $30)

Butter Pan

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Butter Pan

Chances are great there will be a bit of melted butter drizzled over your side dishes this year. The All Clad Stainless Butter Warmer is just the right size and pretty enough for tableside serving. Use it to reheat gravy for late-night leftover noshing. (wayfair.com; $70)

Fat Separator

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Fat Separator

Two things make OXO’s Fat Separator stand out from the rest of the pack: the strainer and the stopper. Fat separators work because oil rises to the top; the low spout means the tasty broth on the bottom can be poured away and used for gravies and au jus. (wayfair.com; $17)

Mandoline

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Mandoline

For thin, even slices of vegetables and fruit, a mandoline has no equal. The V-Blade Mandoline by OXO offers four interchangeable blades for slicing, julienning, or cubing in an easy-to-use, safe design. (williams-sonoma.com; $40)

Nut Cracker

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Nut Cracker

Give the non-cooks some busy work while they watch parades and games with this beautifully styled Nutcracker in Red or Black. They'll be happy to help, thanks to the clever redesign's soft, comfortable grip. (normann-copenhagen.com; $53)

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