Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be stranded without the tools you need come the big day! Here at Home Kitchenary, we have you covered. We’re your go-to source for kitchen appliance reviews, so obviously we need to share our opinions on all things Thanksgiving! It’s basically our Super Bowl, after all. These 14 kitchen appliances will help you survive the big day with ease — but there are no guarantees for handling your crazy uncle!
Read through the list, check out our product recommendations, and comment with any questions or to let us know what you bought. Happy cooking!
1. Carving Knife
First things first: how are you going to cut the turkey? Forgetting to have a carving knife would be a game-day fail ending with either a disgruntled family member hurriedly running to the store OR a turkey with some rough cuts. Nobody wants that. This Mercer culinary slicer knife can save you the headache and earn you some turkey! It comes with more than 3,000 reviews ranking it as a 4.8 out of 5.
Of course, another option is an electric carving knife. This Hamilton Beach electric knife has you covered. More than 10,000 reviews rank it as a 4.6 out of 5 — and a storage case and serving fork are included!
2. Carving Board
Now that you have a knife, what are you actually cutting the turkey on? A carving board will take your Thanksgiving dinner table to the next level — as evidenced by this American Black Walnut brisket and turkey carving board from Virginia Boys Kitchens. We can only imagine how good your turkey will look — let alone taste — when you cut and serve it on a carving board as exquisite as this.
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3. Knives, Knives, and More Knives
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you can never have too many knives. When it comes to finding the best set of kitchen knives, our No. 1 recommendation is simply to keep your knives sharp. That being said, you can certainly tell the difference between high-quality and low-quality knives! Check out our page Best Kitchen Knives 2021 — Buyer’s Guide
for a digestible guide to all things knife.
Why do you need so many? Your kitchen will be buzzing come Thanksgiving with chopping vegetables, paring fruits, slicing bread, and so much more. Make sure you have the best knives to keep you company.
4. Knife Sharpener
It may initially sound counterintuitive, but a sharp knife leads to fewer injuries and accidents — some of the last things you want on Thanksgiving day. Keep it simple with this option from Kitchen IQ or commit to always having sharp knives with a knife sharpening stone kit from KERYE or an electric knife and tool sharpener from Work Sharp.
Your dinner, outfits, and drink menu will be looking sharp, so make sure your knives are, too.
5. Food Processor
After chopping everything but the kitchen sink for a stuffing year after year, you must be ready for a professional, high-quality food processor that will make your life easier. Sure, you have sharp knives now thanks to our previous tips — but that doesn’t mean you have to use them for everything.
Obviously, we’re inclined to trust a food processor from Ninja (and the 4,000 reviews giving it 4.8 stars don’t hurt). But we’re also all about an affordable but effective Hamilton Beach food processor with just under 30,000 reviews. And, of course, we love this 13-cup food processor from KitchenAid; it has all the attachments you could want AND you can choose a color to match your kitchen! As you shop for the best food processor for you, be sure to check its volume!
6. Pressure Cooker
With pressure cookers being all the rage these days, we found ourselves wondering about cooking a turkey in one. You know, less time and fewer dishes with it being just as juicy as ever? Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Check out our page 10 Best Electric Pressure Cookers 2021 – Buyer’s Guide to make sure you select the right one for your needs! Our product review website has all the kitchen appliance reviews you could need, and we do a lot of research to make sure they’re comprehensive and useful. Let us know how you like to compare pressure cookers with this resource.
Bonus: we found a recipe for you! This Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet has been shared more than 160,000 times and has a whoppin’ 4.96 rating. You cooking? We’ll be coming over!
7. Deep Fryer
A deep-fried turkey is the stuff made of dreams, and Home Kitchenary is here to make sure you choose the right one! When it comes to deep frying a turkey, you’ll need a pretty large deep fryer to make it happen. This 29 Qt. outdoor fry boil package from King Kooker has 4.5 stars to keep you feeling confident about your decision — and keep you and your guests full of delicious, fried turkey come everyone’s favorite day in November.
Not feeling a deep fryer or a pressure cooker turkey? No worries: a smoker could be the solution. Also not feeling doing the research to make sure you find the best smoker for you? No worries: we’ve done it for you! Check out our page 12 Best Electric Smokers For 2021 – Buyer’s Guide to guide you through the process.
9. Roasting Pan
Feeling like a classic Thanksgiving? We don’t blame you! Our staff is doing the same over here at Home Kitchenary. In order to have your juicy turkey taste like your childhood memories, a roasting pan is the way to go. Sure, this may seem like a simple item, but finding the best roasting pan for turkeys means considering material, width, depth, and cost.
You can’t go wrong with this nonstick roasting pan from Circulon. With almost 6,000 reviews, it comes in at a whopping 4.8 stars. It’s warp-resistant, nonstick, and has wide handles so you can grip and hold that heavy turkey with ease. How heavy of a turkey, you ask? It can hold up to 24 pounds!
10. Meat Thermometer
The best meat thermometer may simply be the one that tells you when your turkey is done cooking — but real home chefs know it’s so much more than that. You need one that’s simple to use and doesn’t make you feel like you’re going to burn yourself every time you check the temperature of your meat.
We love the stainless steel probe on this digital meat thermometer from ThermoPro; it also has more than 30,000 ratings to put you at ease that you’ll be ready come Thanksgiving day.
Is it getting hot in here? You’ll be able to tell with the waterproof meat thermometer from Alpha Grillers! It has a lifetime warranty and will be useful long after Thanksgiving has passed. With 23,000 reviews, its average rating is a glorious 4.7 out of 5. Of course, when you use it while cooking, your food is sure to be a 5 out of 5!
11. Baking Sheets (we said it)
Yes, we know you already have baking sheets. But here’s the thing: come Thanksgiving Day, you’ll be desperately trying to figure out a timetable that works for getting all of your favorite dishes in and out of the oven at the right time. It’s a tall order to be sure, and the more the merrier when it comes to baking sheets. This ensures that you’ll have the right size and quantity when it matters, which will allow you to cook everything without having to quickly wash down baking sheets in between cooking.
The Nordic Ware aluminum baking sheets are what we personally use over here at Home Kitchenary, and they don’t disappoint! That being said, we’re also partial to the silicone handles on this nonstick cookware from NutriChef; these bakeware options are available in 3-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 21-piece sets if you love NutriChef’s baking sheets.
12. Food Warmers
You may not have tons of guests coming to your Thanksgiving dinner, but one of the best ways to elevate the experience (and look out for those tardy guests) is to have a few food warmers and warming trays throughout your space. Our page 10 Best Warming Trays in 2021 – Buyer’s Guide will give you the lowdown on all you need to know. This is a comprehensive list of kitchen appliance reviews to help you make the best decision for your budget and needs. With a food warmer at your Thanksgiving celebration, you’ll have warm food no matter whether you’re first or last to eat.
13. Pie Dish(es)
And, finally, we’ve made it to the most important item of the day: a pie dish. Sure, Thanksgiving may be referred to as Turkey Day, but the pie is where it’s at. Whether you’re serving a pumpkin, apple, buttermilk, chocolate, pecan, or ~whatever~ pie, you’ll need the best pie dish for cooking and serving it.
A classic glass pie dish will do the trick, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, you need a pie dish that makes a statement. Luckily for you, there’s no shortage of options! There’s no classic quite like the Le Creuset stoneware pie dish in cerise (especially when you combine it with the Le Creuset stoneware pie bird to match!). This decision is easy as pie!
14. Reusable Containers
Once you’ve made it through the entire Thanksgiving day, you deserve a nap — and not just because of the tryptophan in the turkey! There’s just one last thing to do before you lie down on the couch: pack up the leftovers.
A rookie mistake come the fourth Thursday in November is not having enough reusable containers for all the leftovers, especially when you want to send friends or family home with food. We have preferences for our day-to-day containers and it differs from this recommendation for a reason: you’re never going to see these containers again! When you send your college-bound nephew home with leftovers, for example, don’t expect to get that container back. Because of this, we recommend the DuraHome food storage containers here — just like you’d find at a restaurant! They’re durable, microwaveable, affordable, and come in a variety of sizes to fit all of your leftover foods.
Kitchen Appliance Reviews
We hope you found this blog post helpful and even inspirational! Planning a Thanksgiving Day menu can feel daunting, but if you have these tools on your side, then you have nothing to fear. Our kitchen appliance reviews are meant to help you, and we love to receive feedback! Comment on this post regarding any products you end up purchasing — we’d love to know how they work for you! The kitchen is where memories are made, which is why you want the best products on your side; we can’t wait to hear about what memories you make this Thanksgiving.