The right tools will make this Thanksgiving the best one yet. Use our handy guide to ensure that you have all the right equipment on Turkey Day.

By Ananda Eidelstein
October 24, 2018
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Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever, you’re a seasoned pro, or you’re just bringing along one dish to a gathering—there are certain tools that will ensure you’re set up for success on Thanksgiving. At Real Simple, we’re not about cluttering cupboards. So the tools below are those that are heroes in the kitchen. There to help you out and make you look good.

If hosting, the right roasting pan for Thanksgiving turkey is a must, along with an instant-read thermometer and a fat separator to help yield a silky and smooth gravy. And don’t forget the baster for maximum reach when pouring pan juices over the turkey for a golden skin. Before it’s time to cut the turkey with an electric knife (comes in handy to help keep the skin from tearing), come the sides! A table without mashed potatoes is not Thanksgiving, a potato ricer will ensure they’re light and fluffy. And last but not least, a mandoline will cut down on prep work while yielding gorgeous slices of fruit for pies, and vegetables for casseroles and salads. That’s the secret to Thanksgiving: arming your kitchen with the right tools, now you just need the recipes to make this year’s Thanksgiving the best one yet. And just don’t forget the cornbread.

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