Holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. This favorite season also happens to be many American folks favorite times of the year for food as well. Perhaps it is from the nostalgic aromas we try to replicate from our grandparents famous thanksgiving recipes handed down in the family recipe book. Perhaps it is from the heartwarming experiences we share with family and friends while dining around the Christmas and thanksgiving table.
Whatever your reason for loving holiday season is, there is no denying the amount of love and care that goes into creating our thanksgiving feasts. We often will prepare and toil over our stovetop ovens cooking and baking days and even weeks (flash freezing is awesome) before our thanksgiving dinner just to ensure that everything is perfect.
Thanksgiving meals tend to be huge with a large amount of food and often a lot of family members. Having the correct essential appliances in your kitchen can help you masterfully cook through your thanksgiving menu with ease. Between preparing and cooking a thanksgiving turkey, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, caramelized veggies, along with many many other thanksgiving side dishes and appetizers, it quickly can become overwhelming. Not to mention all the delicious pie recipes, cheesecakes, and other desserts that you want to make for your thanksgiving desserts or anything with a pie crust which also requires a lot of work. You may even be planning on baking your own dinner rolls and cornbread like grandma used to. Everything takes time and effort, so turn on some music or whatever will make your kitchen ambiance more comfortable and enjoy the process. The best things in life come from hard work, determination, and strategy.
Whether you intend on making your turkey day food from scratch or plan on buying a few prepared items, you will still need the right equipment to make it happen. It’s not complicated, you simply need a few kitchen items of quality to ensure workflow efficiency and high level results from your cooking. A beautifully set thanksgiving table with a stunning turkey centerpiece surrounded by gorgeously crafted appetizers and sides, is what you want to present. A good time with family and stuffed bellies is the goal. The warm smiles of satisfaction and the unlimited amount of compliments you will receive is always worth it.
Pots, pans, and baking dishes get used for only one recipe, one dish such as gratin, sweet potato casserole, or pumpkin pie. You probably already have several sizes and styles. But one kitchen essential that gets used for almost all your food preparations are knives and cutting equipment. You will literally need a good knife set or your preparations can wind up taking a really long time, show uneven cuts, not dice your veggies correctly, and even cause uneven cooking.
This Deco Chef 16 piece kitchen knife set has everything you will need for holiday. From prepping turkey breast to roast turkey, slicing and dicing your favorite veggies such as leeks, shallots, and chives, to cooking your best yams and potato recipes.
- Includes the most commonly used cutting essentials
- Each blade is comprised of high-grade stainless steel
- Cut, chop, slice, and dice any task with ease
- Store each knife in an acacia pine block for storage
- Includes sharpening steel piece
Preparing the food is just the first step. Cooking your food is a whole other story. It’s possible that your thanksgiving day menu is so large that it is virtually impossible to make everything at once. That’s when you should entertain the potential of countertop appliances and how they can help you achieve your thanksgiving cooking goals. Sometimes, a special appliance will actually cook your food better than a conventional oven while also being more convenient and freeing up space on your stovetop.
Slow cookers are a must have for every kitchen. These kitchen countertop appliances are great for making delicious food all year long, but is especially helpful during holiday season when your kitchen is at its busiest. What are slow cookers good for? Well, just about everything! from cooking your favorite thanksgiving foods like roast turkey breast, creamed corn with cream cheese to balsamic or brown sugar vinaigrette buttery brussels sprouts, or buttermilk scalloped potatoes, butternut squash, and roasted carrots, the potential for what you can make is endless. And when holiday season is over, these croc pots are perfect for making your favorite pot roasts, stews and soul foods like cholent. Slow cooking is the key to many BBQ and southern styles of food. Slow cookers are also an excellent way to make apple cider, macaroni salads, and thanksgiving stuffing recipes such as cornbread stuffing. Slow cookers will keep your food exactly as you want it for longer so you can make those last minute additions of parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, or sour cream to melt atop it prior to serving.
This Cuisinart slow cooker is perfect for any size kitchen. Easily storable when not in use and large enough to cook a dish that can feed many mouths. It is simple to operate and safe. It’s really hard to screw up a recipe when cooking in one.
- Touchpad control panel with LCD timer display
- 24-hour cooking timer
- Off/On, Warm, Simmer, Low, and High settings
- Removable 6.5 quart, oval ceramic cooking pot
- Automatically shifts to “Warm” when cook time ends
- Dishwasher-safe lid
Another fancy item that can help you along your thanksgiving cooking journey is am air fryer. Not only do these little machines cook your foods to be scrumptiously crispy, the results are scientifically healthier than other frying alternatives. From chicken or turkey with batter, breadcrumbs, or no coating, to sides like corn casserole and sweet potato pie to desserts such as pecan pie or apple pie, air fryers can make just about anything delicious for any type of meal.
- Enjoy crispy and delicious fried food with fewer calories
- LCD Touch Screen, 7 one-touch program settings
- Includes two non-stick cooking pots, 2.7 and 3.7QT
- Compact, space-saving countertop design
- Cool touch housing helps prevent burns
Our last favorite item is often an overlooked one. During holidays, we tend to have more people around than the rest of the year which means more consumption. Those two ice trays you have in the freezer won’t be enough to keep your guests beverages cold for holidays. With a simple ice maker, you will never run out of ice. Whether ice is needed for a cold drink, for emergency, or even food storage, owning one can be a party saver for your holidays. Plus, these are great all year around, especially in the summertime during BBQ’s and other get togethers with friends and family.
- Makes up to 40 pounds of ice in one day
- Get 2.4 lb of ice in just 15-20 minutes
- Screen indicators notifies current status
- Choose the thickness of your ice
- Clear window lets you see ice without opening lid
Our favorite items for Thanksgiving cooking are practical items that every kitchen can benefit from. They’re not complicated to use, reasonable in price, and a sure way to maximize efficiency in your kitchen while creating deliciously flavored and textured foods for you taste buds.