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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)