Would it surprise you to know that I love kitchen gadgets? I didn’t think so. There are some must haves that make cooking so much easier. A couple weeks ago we had an early Thanksgiving dinner for our friends so we headed to Bed Bath & Beyond to get a few things that had been on our kitchen wish list. We had so much fun!
If you are cooking for the holidays these fun kitchen gadgets will make life easier. Hubby Tom was cooking the turkey outside on the Traeger Pellet grill. He didn’t want to keep running outside to check the temperature of the thermometer so he selected this Redi Check Wireless Thermometer. It worked well, although it did lose it’s signal a couple of times so he had to reconnect it which was no big deal. This gadget is so convenient! We could monitor the temperature of the turkey from inside the house. Very cool! Cost $39.99
We had a 21 pound turkey, the biggest one Hubby Tom had ever cooked so this Cuisipro Roast & Serve Turkey Lifter seemed like a good idea. It’s non stick and when you pull out the center rod it will fold down for easy storage.
I don’t cook the turkey- never have-it’s always Hubby Tom’s job. He said this holder made it so much easier to move the turkey in and out of the pan and he was glad we got it. Just toss it in the dishwasher for easy clean up too. Cost $19.99.
When dealing with all of these hot dishes you need to protect your hands. After looking at every type of hot mitts and gloves at BB&B Hubby Tom selected these Super Gloves. He was so excited to try the gloves that he discarded all of the packing and labels before I could get a photo! We both love these gloves – they are not too bulky which allows you to get a firm grip on the pan and they have little silicone bits that help them to grip. Super Gloves exterior is made from fire resistant fibers that protect against heat up to 480 degrees. These cotton lined gloves are one size fits all and they are machine washable. Only draw back is they are not water resistant so if you are handling hot liquid you need to be extra careful. Cost $14.99 each.
My largest serving platter was not big enough to hold a 21 pound turkey so we had to purchase a larger one. Since it’s not something that will get used that often I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it. Bed Bath & Beyond had the Harvest Oval Platter that was the perfect size at 21 x 17 for only $9.99. Love it!
I was in no way compensated for the reviews here. These are product finds that we purchased ourselves and wanted to share with you.
I have started planning my Thanksgiving menu. I am still undecided on the vegetable. For our pre – Thanksgiving meal I made some awesome green beans with shallots and walnuts but it was for a smaller group. For Thanksgiving day I will be serving 13 people and I was hoping to find a vegetable side dish that would be easier to fix and less hands on right before dinner.
I want to be able to socialize with my guests so I am trying to make as much of the meal ahead of time as possible. Has anyone made your mashed potatoes ahead of time and kept them warm in a slow cooker? I might try that.
My plan next week is to post some of my favorite holiday dishes. They are all pretty easy and some of them can be made ahead of time which is such a time saver when the big day arrives.
Here is a link to the Neely’s Thanksgiving Turkey we made last year. It was a beautiful turkey!
You might enjoy this post which is a photo journal of Thanksgiving Day 2010.
Have a relaxing weekend everyone!
Add Your Thoughts
Are you cooking this Thanksgiving?
What is the dish you most look forward to eating on Thanksgiving day?
I am looking forward to the yams with pralines and pumpkin pie with a dollop of real whipped cream.