These 30 cooking and baking tools for the holidays are essential to get you through the holidays. Here’s my list, so you have plenty of time to organize yourself.
As you finalize your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, you may notice that your kitchen is missing some essential equipment.
Maybe it is your first time hosting a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in your house, and you don’t know where to start.
Or maybe you are a pro by now, but you discover that you might need a few more items that would make your life easier in the kitchen.
Here’s my list, so you have plenty of time to find these tools, buy them from the store, borrow them from neighbors, or steal them from family members. (don’t do that, just sayin’) :- )
In my opinion, these cooking and baking tools are essential to get you through the holidays.
30 Cooking and Baking Tools For The Holidays
For the turkey you will need:
Roasting Pan with Rack
I use this pan as soon as the weather cools down. I make all kinds of roasted meats in it, but the real reason I bought it is that it can hold a 25 pounds of turkey. How awesome is that?
Carving Knife and Fork Set
Every respectable host needs a set like this one. A carving knife and a fork for the turkey are a must.
Poultry Lifters Turkey Claws
These giant forks might look scary, but they are perfect for lifting the turkey and placing it on the carving board. You definitely need something like that. I love my set!
The fat separator- this little tool helps you make that excellent gravy without the fat. It also has markings on it, so you know exactly how much liquid you need to use for your recipe.
Turkey Baster with Cleaning Brush
This intelligent tool is perfect for basting the turkey. It also comes with a brush for easy cleaning.
If you want to become a pro in the kitchen, you need the proper tools. A thermometer is a must, as you can also use it for Outdoor Cooking, BBQ, roasted meats, candy, coffee, milk, and more.
Roasted meats require a good carving board, and this is a really nice one.
This is a fun platter to serve the turkey or any roasted meats you might prepare for the holidays.
You will need a good food processor for the side dishes and baking goods (here is a winter salad recipe to make using this tool).
A food processor is a lifesaver in the kitchen for chopping, mixing, and preparing your ingredients for the dishes. OR, making a pie crust in no time!!
A mixer for making all your baking goods is a must-have! I use this all the time for my cakes, cookies, bars, and everything in between. You also need mixing bowls, measuring cups&spoons and baking sheets.
I love my food processor. I use it for so many jobs in the kitchen. As a food blogger, I need it to make my life easier, but you really don't need a blogging career to get one for your needs.
I know that this is an item many wish they had in their kitchen. It is indeed a beautiful tool to have and extremely useful. If you can afford it, get it, and you can thank me later.
Mixing bowls with lids? Yes, please! Perfect for salads, doughs, batters, and so much more.
Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons Set
Measuring cups and spoons are a must if you like to bake. This set is one of my favorites out there, and I use it all the time.
Nonstick Bakeware Set
This set is a minimum, in my opinion, to fulfill the needs of a kitchen. With this set, you should be able to bake anything from cakes to cookies and breads and get ready for the holidays.
What other things you might need?
Are you making mashed potatoes? A potato masher is great to have around. What about a vegetable peeler? Do you have one?
Kitchen towels or storage containers? These are great for leftovers! Oh, and a kitchen scale. If you don’t have one already, I really encourage you to go and get one.
It is nice to have a scale that measures ounces and grams.
There are too many beautiful recipes that we are afraid to make because the ingredients are measured in the metric system. With a scale that measures both styles, you are good to go.
That awesome mashed potatoes recipe of yours cannot be made without this one!
Food Storage Containers
These food storage containers are a must when you have tons of leftovers. Get multiple-size containers so you can accommodate the food.
This a great little tool to have in the kitchen all year round.
Digital Kitchen and Food Scale
A food scale is precious when making these delicious European recipes that use grams for ingredients.
Best Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
The tools would be useless if you would not have great recipes to make for the holidays. Here is a collection of the best side dish recipes from around the web.
And don't forget...
What about a crockpot? You can use it to make Cheesy potatoes and save oven space!
A cast-iron skillet is great to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry or grill.
The Dutch ovens are awesome pots for making soups, stews, sautéing, braising, and they usually look pretty enough to even bring them directly to the table and serve the food from them.
I personally own 2 big ones. One is for cooking, and the other one is for making bread.
Microwave/oven-safe serving dishes are beneficial for reheating the food before the guests arrive.
Crock-Pots are a lifesaver when you have too many things to cook and so little space in the oven. Plus, you can use them all year round.
Cast Iron Skillet
Old fashion cooking in this beautiful skillet, what's not to love about?
Enameled Cast Iron Casserole
I have this exact cast-iron casserole and use it for soups, stews, fried foods, and even bread. It is a lifesaver and an awesome pot to have!
I have a few baking dishes like these, and I love them. Stuffing, scalloped potatoes, and other side dish items are perfect for this set.
What else is left?
Pie plates, serving spoons, maybe table linens, a serrated knife, plates and glasses, silverware?
Pyrex Glass Pie Plate
I like Pyrex baking items, and for that reason, I added them here. I also noticed that most people own one for pies.
Pie Server and Cake Knife Set
If you want to get fancy...
Electric Wine Opener Set
And let’s not forget about a wine bottle opener! It is probably one of the most important items on the list, especially if you deal with some annoying relatives that you cannot ignore! 🙂
Large Serving Platters, Set of 3
Platters are important when you entertain. While you might have baking pans, pretty enough to get on the table, platters are great for appetizers, desserts, a side dish, etc.
Wine Glass Set of 12, 15 oz
A pretty wine glass makes the table more elegant. This set of 12 glasses is an excellent buy if you have a larger crowd to entertain.
60-Piece Porcelain Gray White Dinnerware Set Service for 12
If you entertain for the holidays, a nice set of plates for 12 people is great to have.
Thanksgiving Aprons 2 Pack
Cooking in the kitchen can get messy, so these aprons are great for protecting your clothes.
AND if you want to see more or need some other things, here you have more ideas to make your Thanksgiving or the holidays easy and memorable!
Monday 30th of September 2019
Absolutely loved this post, Gabriela.
These tools are very essential for everyday life. I'm going to share this post with my friends.
The Bossy Kitchen
Monday 30th of September 2019
Thank you Terry!