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.
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)
- Use it to Make: Molasses-Glazed Turkey
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)
- Use it to make: Rotisserie Turkey
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)
- Use it to make: Orange-Cinnamon Rolls
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. (jcpenny.com; from $30)
Use it to make: Honey-Glazed Carrots
The clever design lets as many as six slow cookers connect together with different temperature controls.
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)
- Use it to make: Sweet Potatoes Richard
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)
- Use it to make: Spiked Gravy