Thanksgiving 2020 is almost here! Wait, wasn’t it April last week? Yeah, we feel that way too which is why we are creating this article specifically! With all the craziness going on in the world, we wouldn’t fault you if Thanksgiving snuck up on you and now you’re left wondering if you have everything you need.
Sure, the grocery list may be the most important part of this specific holiday but do you have everything you need to make sure you can cook the best meal of your life? Well, this is a list of 15 things you might not have but will make putting on the Thanksgiving that much easier.
So here are the 15 last-minute things you need to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
$149.95 at the time of publication
Cooking a turkey on a rack may not seem necessary, especially if you don’t already have one. But according to the Bubbly Chef, cooking the bird on the rack “will elevate the turkey and the hot air will circulate more freely around the entire bird, resulting in more even cooking.” As the Bubbly Chef continues, the elevation provided by the rack will “also stops the bottom of the turkey from stewing in its own juices, so the entire skin will turn out crispy and not just the top side.” Convincing, isn’t it?
$49.95 at the time of publication
According to bon appétit, while a regular butcher knife would be fine to carve a turkey, an electric one not only makes it easier but also cuts better slices for when the turkey is passed around the Thanksgiving table. “The quick-sawing motion of the serrated blade actually cut the skin better than a regular knife: It didn’t tear it, shred it, or pull it,” Chef Tony Maws revealed.
$17.95 at the time of publication
Cooking any type of poultry is nerve-racking, exciting, and maybe a little scary. It’s so important that before serving the turkey, and subsequently eating it, you make sure it is fully cooked the whole way through. And this meat thermometer can make sure that every point of the large bird is the correct temperature before serving. Talk about peace of mind!
$15.99 at the time of publication
As the Kitchn reports, while basting isn’t a must when cooking a turkey, “the main theory behind basting is to ensure moist and tender meat.” And because the turkey—for most people—is the main part of the meal, why wouldn’t you want it to turn out as tender as possible.
$39.95 at the time of publication
This carving block is so much more than that. This butcher board “features a network of deep, wide grooves that catch and collect juices or liquid during cutting to stop spilling onto counters or tabletops.” And again, it’s pretty and sturdy enough to carry and place on the table when it’s time!
$48.49 at the time of publication
Chopping is easily the most consuming part of Thanksgiving dinner. So having a food processor handy could make the world of difference for whoever has been named chef this year. So why not make life easier by just tossing your carrots, onion, celery sticks, and more in this processor and letting it go to work while you get busy on something else!
$49.99 at the time of publication
One for the green bean casserole, one for the stuffing, one for the roasted brussels sprouts and cranberries and there you have it! This set of three casserole dishes make it so you have a dish for every dish, and they are pretty enough to put right on the Thanksgiving table!
$23.99 at the time of publication
We know you probably have a baking sheet or two laying around, but think about all the vegetables and cookies you are about to make. Maybe one or two more non-stick pans are just what you need to make sure a day in which is dedicated to cooking and eating runs smoothly from start to finish.
$17.95 at the time of publication
Okay, we get it. Maybe you just don’t have the space for a bunch of baking sheets. If that’s the case, then these silicone baking mats should be extremely helpful as well. By buying a couple of these mats, you won’t need to wash your baking sheet after every time you use it on Thanksgiving day. Instead, just designate a silicone to certain foods and there you go! Not to mention, they are non-stick, so no need for added oils.
$59.99 at the time of publication
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, homemade apple sauce, all things that cook up really well in a cast iron dutch oven. Not to mention, it just gives you an extra dish to cook and serve in, which also means fewer dishes. You’re welcome.
$27.99 at the time of publication
Speaking of potatoes, this potato ricer is a must-have. And you might be wondering why? You’ve gone all these years making mashed potatoes without one, why do you need it now? Well, according to Cook’s Illustrated, a ricer “provides the gentlest touch” which results in “ULTRA-FLUFFY” mashed potatoes. And honestly, who doesn’t want that?
$32.95 at the time of publication
With Thanksgiving comes lots and lots of pies. So one of the things most needed in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day is enough pie plates to make sure you have enough time to make and serve all of the yumminess this special day has to offer. And three Pyrex pie plates for just over $30, sounds like a deal to me.
$9.99 at the time of publication
And we all know that at least one of those delicious pies is going to be apple. And while the world loves apple pie, it’s one of the most labor-intensive to make. So the next few items are going to be making sure that the person in charge of the apple pie on Thanksgiving Day has it as easy as, well, pie. *Enters OXO Good Grips Apple Corer.* Enough said.
$25.97 at the time of publication
This Cast Magnesium Apple Peeler is also a potato peeler so you’re getting to essential needs for the price of one and we must say, we love a good deal. This peeler and corer—another score—will take all the stress out of making sure you get the apples and the potatoes peeled in time for Thanksgiving Day and with as little effort as possible. After all, just because you’re the chef doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be enjoying and taking part in the day as well.
$24.05 at the time of publication
Last, but certainly not least, leftover containers. For many of us, Thanksgiving is going to look a little bit different this year. For most, the gathering is going to be much smaller because of COVID-19 which also means there are sure to be a lot of leftovers. It also means, that even though you couldn’t be with some of your loved ones in person, you can still take a to-go box over to grandma and grandpa’s house and leave it on their front porch to let them know you’re thinking of them! So it’s important to make sure your cabinets are stuck with food containers because you’re certainly going to need them.
So, how prepared are you really for this Thanksgiving? Did you see anything you might think you need to pick up? Either way, we hope this was helpful and we hope that you and yours have a wonderful and plentiful Thanksgiving Day!
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Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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