Prepping Thanksgiving dinner is a major event in and of itself, but with the right tools in the kitchen, you'll be able to do it more quickly, more easily and make it all the more delicious. If you need to equip your kitchen for cooking success, lifestyle expert Sissy Biggers has the low down on some of the best tools on the market to tackle the turkey, sides and dessert.
Char-Broil Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer
Deep frying is a popular way to cook that Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s not necessary the safest or healthiest. The Char-Broil Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer cooks your turkey to the same moistness as a standard deep-fryer would, but without the scalding hot oil. Plus it cooks in only eight to 10 minutes per pound (Lowes, $99).
Prepara Roasting Laurel
Keep your turkey out of the fatty drippings while it cooks by using the Roasting Laurel, which works with roasting pans and baking dishes of any size, shape and material. Made from BPA-free non-stick silicone, it’s able to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees. And it’s dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean (Sur La Table, $20).
Pop-Up Turkey Timer
You have enough to worry about when it comes to whipping up Thanksgiving dinner, so let this fun timer help. Made with steel and food-grade silicone, the legs stay down if it’s not yet cooked, while the legs go up when it’s ready to go (Amazon, $11.75).
Cuisipro 3-in-1 Baster
This see-through baster allows you to see how much liquid you're working with. With its three detachments, you can choose how much liquid you push out with each squeeze, saving you basting time (Sur La Table, $22.95)
OXO Turkey Lifter
It can be tricky to move the turkey into the roasting pan, and then out of the roasting pan onto a serving dish, but this poultry lifter does the dirty work for you. The non-slip design has a large hook that inserts into the cavity of the turkey, while the tines grab the breast bone securely to make moving the turkey the easiest part of your day (OXO, $9.99).
If that vegetable side dish needs a little sprucing, reach for this spiral slicer that turns vegetables into spaghetti (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $14.99).
Bean Frencer NoPro
Let your guests think that green bean casserole took expert cooking skills. No need to talk how this French bean slicer made prepping those green beans a breeze (Amazon, $19.00).
Rolling Pin Rings
Don’t worry about rolling that dough too thin or too thick with these spacers. Slip the spacers (they come in four sizes) onto each side of your rolling pin, then roll out your dough to your desired thickness. The bands will work to keep your dough the right thickness without tearing (Bed, Bath and Beyond, $6.99).
Pie Crust Shields
Your pie crust will come out perfectly with a little help from these silicone shields, which protect the delicate edges of the pie from burning. Capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 500 degrees, these no-stick shields adjust to fit pies eight inches to 12 inches in diameter (Casabella, $6.49).
Prepworks Pie Carrier
Keep those perfect pies save as you transport them with this easy-to-use collapsible carrier (Amazon, $29.95).