Design The Essentials:

Get Your Kitchen Thanksgiving-Ready

The massive cooking marathon that is Thanksgiving becomes a lot more manageable with a well-stocked kitchen. Getting creative with what you have on hand is certainly a perspective we can get behind for day-to-day dishes. But when it comes to that juicy bird and dreamy spread of sides, we’re not taking any chances! So, now is a good time to take stock of your kitchen tools. Cooking to swoony perfection may require a few extra gadgets, especially for that star turkey, but a little prep goes a long way — and the deliciousness makes it all worthwhile. Here’s a checklist to ensure your Gobble Day goes off without a hitch.

By Natalie Goel

Get Your Kitchen Thanksgiving-Ready

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Get Your Kitchen Thanksgiving-Ready
Turn Up the Heat

Food52 Le Creuset Signature Roaster

Such a beautiful roaster. It’s great for turkey, of course, but we’re also dreaming of using it well past Thanksgiving, for other meats, casseroles or dessert.


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Keep It Simple

Williams Sonoma OXO Angled Bulb Baster

Some people brine their turkey, some people baste. If you go the latter route, it’s much easier to get the job done if you’re using an actual baster like this one rather than a spoon or measuring cup.


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Chop, Chop

Sur La Table John Boos & Co. Walnut Cutting Board with Juice Groove 

Carve your bird on this board and it will catch all the yummy juices in the grooves.


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“It” Bag

Food52 Brining and Roasting Turkey Tools

Brining bag, cheesecloth and twine, check. Here are all the tools you need to truss and brine your turkey to keep it deliciously moist.


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Nestling

Williams Sonoma Ceramic Mixing Bowls, Set of 7

Running out of mixing bowls is absolute torture in the kitchen. These are space-saving and as lovely as they are useful.


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Get Your Kitchen Thanksgiving-Ready
Petite French Rotisserie

Amazon Staub Cast Iron Mini Round Cocotte

We’ve already been putting these mini cocottes to use in the Eye-Swoon kitchen. They’re a gorgeous way to display or cook individual portion sizes.


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Look Sharp

Williams Sonoma IVO Virtu Carving Knife Set

Sharp kitchen knives are a thing of beauty. Ready to carve!


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Check the Temperature

Target OXO Analog Meat Thermometer

Just stick this thermometer in your roast before you put it in the oven and voila, so easy to see when it’s cooked.


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Gravy Train

Williams Sonoma Fat Skimming Ladle

Use this ladle to separate the turkey juice from the fat so you can measure the right ratio for homemade gravy. It’s also useful for skimming fat off of home-cooked stews.


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Good to Go

Food52 Kraft Gift Boxes and Twine

Leftovers always feel like such a gift the next day, and with these adorable twine-tied boxes, they’ll totally look the part. They’re a sweet send-off for guests.

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