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Essential Kitchen Thanksgiving Tools

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Explore the must-have kitchen tools and appliances for a seamless Thanksgiving dinner. From roasting pans to mixers, ensure your holiday meal prep is a breeze with our list of Essential Kitchen Thanksgiving Tools.

Need turkey day recipes? Check out all of our Classic Thanksgiving Dishes, and some creative ones as well.

Disassembled turkey on a serving platter with carving knife and fork on the side.

Having the right tools and appliances will help you prepare a Thanksgiving meal with ease and efficiency, whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro.

Make sure to plan your menu in advance and ensure you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients before the big day.

The better prepared you are leading up to Thanksgiving day, the better chance you will have to remain calm and stay relaxed throughout the day. That includes creating your guest list, planning your big feast menu, creating a shopping list and purchasing non-perishable items ahead of time. 

Do not leave everything to the last minute! If you are limited on oven space, figure out which recipes can be made-ahead, cooked on the stove, or in a pressure cooker or crock pots.

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Below you will find the tools and gadgets that are in my kitchen, that I use to create the recipes on this blog. You do not need to break the bank, or purchase everything item on this list – these are suggestions for essential tools to make things easier.

If you cannot afford the best roasting pan, a flimsy disposable pan from the grocery store will not ruin the big meal! 

I once had to use a wine bottle to roll out pie crust when making Thanksgiving dinner in someone else’s kitchen. Stay calm and get creative if needed, your family will not know the difference!

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Quick Yeast Dinner Rolls piled high in a blue and white towel lined basket.

Cookware and Bakeware:

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Creamy mashed potatoes topped with melted butter and chopped parsley.

Small Appliances:

Kitchen Appliances:

  • Oven: For roasting the turkey, baking, and broiling.
  • Stovetop: For cooking potatoes, on the burners.
  • Microwave: Handy for reheating, melting, or steaming.
  • Refrigerator and freezer: To store ingredients and leftovers.
A spatchcock turkey laying on a cutting board with the legs cut off with a carving knife.

Cutlery and Prep Tools:

Turkey gravy in a gravy boat.

Specialized Tools:

Amaretto cranberry sauce in a bowl topped with orange zest.

Storage Containers:

Food storage containers: For easy storage of leftovers and food prep, or Glad plastic containers for sending leftovers home with your guests.


  • Roasting rack: To elevate the turkey or roast in the roasting pan – if your roasting pan did not come with one.
  • Oven thermometer: To ensure that you are cooking accurately and efficiently.
  • Trivet: To protect your table or countertop from hot dishes and pans.
  • Napkinstableclothsilverware, and tableware: For setting the perfect Thanksgiving table. Double check to make sure that you have enough servings!
  • Turkey Platter: A large oval platter to elegantly display the star of the meal.
  • Dishwashing supplies: For cleaning up after the meal.


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