The Holidays are fast approaching and if you are like me and hosting your family for Thanksgiving Dinner the first time, you’re going to need to make sure to have the right tools to make it through the twenty-four-hour cooking frenzy that leads up to the inevitable food coma. I’ve compiled a list of the cookware essentials for you that will make cooking, prep, and cleanup a breeze this Holiday season. *wine not included
ONE. Marble Pastry Slab: Besides being a pretty prop for food styling, marble pastry slabs get their main use during the Holidays. It’s a great way to keep your work surface clean when making cookies, and especially useful when you are doing anything with pie crust. If you find yourself making a lot of dough, you will find that a marble rolling pin extremely useful as well.
THREE.Cooling Rack: With the increase in baking during this time of year, it’s important that you get a cooling rack to make sure your cookies, pies, pastries, etc’s bottoms are getting cool enough before putting them on a serving plate. No one likes a soggy bottom, and without the cooling rack, the steam from the hot item will create just that scenario.
FOUR.Cast Iron Pan: Without a doubt this is my most used piece of cookware year-round. With a little grease, anything crisps up nicely in the pan. You can make biscuits, cook a chicken, make a quiche, and do your mundane vegetable cooking in this pan. I’m particularly a fan of Smithey IronWare’s cast irons due to the craftsmanship of the pieces.
FIVE.Dutch Oven: The best tool for all your one-pot needs, if you don’t have a Dutch oven in your kitchen, it’s time to start looking to add one. It’s great for making hoppin’ john for the new year, a venison stew during hunting season, or create something of your own with all the leftovers from the Holidays. The great thing is the enameled cast iron surface is impervious to stuck on stains, and cleaning up is a breeze.
NINE.Silpat: This is your life saver when cooking any sort of cookie or sticky sweet. I have poured hot toffee all over a Silpat, accidentally let it dry, and was still able to get all the sticky off and wash it to its brand new condition. They eliminate the need for parchment paper and aluminum foil.
TEN.Twine: Even though you may only truss a turkey or chicken once a year, I love keeping twine in my cupboard. Not only does it make a pretty last minute bow for gifts, but it keeps you from having to get creative when you need to truss your bird.
TWELVE.Roasting Pan: The most underused pan in the cabinet, it’s a necessary evil when you go to roast a turkey so that your bird isn’t wallowing in its own juices. To ensure you get a nice crisp skin all around, you’ll need a roasting pan so that the fat can drip through to the bottom. Plus, you can put the roasting pan on the grill top and make your gravy right in the pan.
THIRTEEN.Silicon Basting Brush: Egg washes, milk washes, butter basting, regular basting, this tool is a year-round lifesaver and you can find a multitude of excuses to use it for a variety of uses.
FOURTEEN.KitchenAid Mixer: Undoubtedly the best kitchen tool to have on hand. It makes whipping up meringue or bread really easy and enables the user to multitask. I am a huge fan of the copper KitchenAid pro however the standard KitchenAid has all the functionality you will need.
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Hopefully, this list helped you get a good idea of all the necessary cookware items you need to have a successful Thanksgiving. Be on the lookout for retailers who are having sales during the Holiday season.