Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

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Dust off your roasting racks and grab your thermometers — it’s time for Thanksgiving.  Here we list the kitchen tools and gadgets you should gather before tackling the big meal.

For the turkey:

  1. Roasting rack (pick something sturdy with handles to avoid your turkey taking unwanted flight)
  2. Carving knife
  3. Carving fork
  4. Fat separator (an easy way to make gravy)
  5. Turkey baster or flavor injector
  6. Cutting/carving board
  7. Thermometer (a thermometer is a kitchen essential.  Sometimes that white pop-up thing on the turkey just doesn’t move)
  8. Brining bag (if you plan on brining your bird)
  9. Whisk (for silky smooth gravy)

For the sides:

  1. Casserole dishes (if  it’s microwave-safe, that’s even better)
  2. Slow cooker (this just makes life easier.)
  3. Sheet pans
  4. Large pots
  5. Potato ricer (fluffy mashed potatoes aren’t a figment of your imagination)
  6. Tongs (a big help with turning roasting vegetables)
  7. Serving spoons

For dessert:

  1. Pie dishes
  2. Spatula
  3. Rolling pin
  4. Knife for cutting pie
  5. Cooling rack
  6. Pie weights
  7. Pastry brush (for getting rid of extra flour on your crust or brushing the dough with egg whites)

Is there anything we forgot?  Is there something that you use every year and is essential for your Thanksgiving preparation?  Tell us!

Here’s a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes your family’s sure to love:

Emeril’s Orange Cranberry Sauce

Emeril’s Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Sara Moulton’s Pan Gravy

Emeril’s Brined, Herb-Roasted Turkey

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