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 some 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. In my opinion these cooking and baking tools are essential to get you through the holidays.
For the turkey you will need the following:
For the side dishes and baking goods you will need a good food processor (here is a winter salad recipe to make using a food processor). A food processor is a life saver to have 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.
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.
What about a crockpot? You can use it to make Cheesy potatoes and save the 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 (click here for the recipe)
Microwave/oven safe serving dishes are really helpful for reheating the food before the guests arrive.
What else is left? Pie plates, serving spoons, maybe table linens, a serrated knife, plates and glasses, silverware.
And let’s not forget about a wine bottle opener! Probably one of the most important items on the list!
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!
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