Best Holidays Cooking Tools

By Gayot Editors

Best Kitchen Tools for The Holidays

You’ve already planned the perfect holiday dinners: the guest list is set, the recipes are ready and the champagnes are selected. But before you put away that check list and get to work, we would like to recommend a few tools to make the stressful cooking experience a little easier.

GAYOT’s list of the Best Holidays Cooking Tools ranges from inexpensive utensils to high-end appliances, all designed to ease your workload and help you avoid any Thanksgiving day mishaps.

> Check out our list of Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for even more culinary tools great year-around.

1. Contemporary 16-Inch Stainless Roaster

Calphalon Stainless Roaster

Price: $105

This stainless steel roaster is tough so your turkey won’t be.

For even browning and roasting, you can’t go wrong with the Calphalon Stainless Roaster. This 16-inch roasting pan is made of stainless steel with an aluminum core designed for high-quality conductivity, allowing your 25-pound turkey (or game hens) to roast evenly. It will make your turkey tender (add slices of lemon or orange for added flavor), even though it’s so tough it can handle temperatures up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. A must-have kitchen accessory, the roaster comes with a V-shaped nonstick roasting rack and stay-cool handles that are extended high for easy transport in and out of your oven. Clean-up is easy as well — just put it in the dishwasher when you’re finished.

2. Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

Price: $100

Cook your holiday turkey to the same delectable moistness as a standard deep-fryer, but without the dangerous and unhealthy oil.

With efficient infrared heat, this oil-free turkey fryer cooks your bird (up to sixteen pounds) evenly and quickly, taking only eight to ten minutes per pound. Since there is no oil used in the fryer, turkeys can be prepared with marinades under the skin or with rubs on the outside. This offers a new twist to achieving turkey’s crispy skin. A healthy, safe and clean alternative to the traditional oil deep-fryer, this oil-free version also offers the perfect excuse to get outside and cook even on a crisp, cool Thanksgiving day.

3. DLC-10S Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor

Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor

Price: $100

We’re not sure when Cuisinart became synonymous with food processors, but it seems to be well deserved.

Preparing a homemade Thanksgiving feast is no easy task, no matter what size group you’re expecting. Enter the Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor to help you prep like a pro and speed up the cooking process so you have more time to enjoy family, friends … and a glass of Thanksgiving wine.

This affordable food processor comes with attachments that allow you to knead dough, slice and chop vegetables, mince herbs and mix batter. Even better, all parts are dishwasher-safe, and it comes with a five-year warranty.

4. Deep Dish Pie Baker

Fiesta Deep Dish Pie Baker

Price: Varies

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a delicious pie and this handy helper ensures you have a sweet finish to your holiday meal.

One of the most collected dinnerware brands in America, Fiesta has been a kitchen staple since 1936. So it’s not too surprising that this pie baker, available in a variety of colors, is a solid choice for your Thanksgiving meal. Fiesta’s pie dishes are also free from lead and cadmium, and made from fully vitrified china.

Although it’s made for pies (everything from pumpkin to apple), it can also be used for quiches and even cinnamon rolls and such. The festively-colored dishes are also dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. Best of all, your pie dish comes with a five-year chip warranty.

5. Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

Price: $299

With ten speeds, the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer can help with your favorite holiday recipes.

A flat beater, dough hook and wire whip come included with this modern-looking kitchen gadget that’s great for making everything from bread to your own whipped cream to top that beloved pumpkin pie. As an added feature, the head tilts back to give you easier access to the bowl below, and it comes with a two-piece pouring shield for safely adding ingredients. KitchenAid thought of everything, so come Turkey Day, you don’t have to worry.

6. Cast Iron Drop Biscuit Pan

Lodge Cast Iron Drop Biscuit Pan

Price: $22

There’s no need to roll the dough with this heavy duty biscuit pan.

Piping hot biscuits smothered in butter are among the best indulgences of Thanksgiving dinner. And this cast-iron pan makes it a simple as plop, bake, roll! All you need to do is drop (or spoon) your mixture into each compartment for a batch of golden-brown, evenly crisp and fluffy biscuits. The Lodge Cast Iron Drop Biscuit Pan can also be used for baking brownies, cornbread, English muffins and whatever else your bread-loving heart desires.

7. Oxo Good Grips 3-In-1 Adjustable Potato Ricer

Oxo Good Grips 3-In-1 Adjustable Potato Ricer

Price: $30

Never worry about lumps in your mashed potatoes again with this adjustable potato ricer.

This tool is quite handy for the holidays and quite versatile, too. Three settings (fine, medium and coarse) mean you can make airy mashed potatoes with ease, whip up fruit purees such as strawberries, create applesauce on the fly and much more. The ricer is dishwasher-safe, easily comes apart for cleaning and features a grooved pot rest to sit securely over bowls and pots.

8. Collapsible Pie Carrier

Progressive International Collapsible Pie Carrier

Price: $32

This pie carrier is a must for making Thanksgiving dinner complete.

Whether your family is craving pecan, pumpkin or a classic apple pie, you can use the Progressive International Collapsible Pie Carrier to haul around dessert. The carrier holds two nine-inch pies or one large meringue, and can even double as a carrier for deviled eggs (a great amuse bouche for the holiday meal.) Now that’s something to be thankful for.

9. Super-Fast Thermapen

ThermoWorks Thermapen

Price: $79

Popular among celebrity chefs, BBQ teams and foodies alike, the ThermoWorks Thermapen is the best way to really know what’s going on with your turkey as it cooks.

The most precise thermometer on the market, this water-resistant Thermapen delivers accurate readings in just three seconds. (It was originally designed for commercial kitchens.) And you don’t have to worry about dirtying any on/off buttons while you’re cooking — simply opening the Thermapen turns it on. With 1,500 hours of battery power, you can be sure to enjoy juicy and tender turkey year after year.

10. Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

Price: $100

Made in Germany out of high-carbon stainless steel, this set is the perfect cutlery pair for holiday carving.

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey, ham and roast is a time-honored tradition and this knife duo is all you need to get the job done. The hollow-ground edge prevents food from sticking to the 8-inch blade, so you can slice up servings for the entire family without slowing down. You can easily lift and serve meat with the 6-inch fork, which is curved slightly to increase maneuverability. Even better, the set comes with a limited lifetime warranty.