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10 Essential Kitchen Tools for a Happy Thanksgiving

Make this Thanksgiving one for the books with these must-haves

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Thanksgiving is when families come together to enjoy shared company and, perhaps, get on each other's nerves. Food can soothe any drama, though, so stock up on these kitchen essentials to cook your heart out and prepare an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast.

Stainless steel turkey baster

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  • $11.95
  • Cleaning brush included

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Turkeys need basting, and this stainless steel baster, complete with an injector and a convenient cleaning brush, gets the job done. The Norpro baster lets you drench your holiday bird with succulent juices or melted butter, adding flavor to the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal while keeping it tender.

Swivel potato peeler

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  • $9.99
  • Swiveling twin blades

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This OXO peeler with swiveling flexible twin blades makes quick work of the mountain of potatoes piling up on your kitchen counter. When you need to feed an army of relatives and have to peel those potatoes tout suite, the soft, nonslip handle of this vegetable peeler helps you skin spuds in almost no time at all.

Nonstick roasting pan

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  • $29.99
  • High-performance design

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You need an extra-large roasting pan for that massive bird you're planning to cook. Impress your hard-to-please relatives this holiday season with a 17-by-13-inch, nonstick, U-shaped roasting pan. It evenly distributes heat to make your mouth-watering turkey as delicious as possible.

Turkey carving knife set

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  • $22.88
  • Satisfaction guarantee

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The extended fork that comes with this 8.8-inch stainless steel carving knife makes carving your turkey as easy as pie. The straight-edged knife slices with ease and won't shred your festive fowl to pieces. With a satisfaction guarantee and warranty, plus a blade that stays sharper for longer than most other knives, this stylish carving set should serve you well for holidays to come.

Bamboo cutting board

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  • $22.88
  • Knife-friendly

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An eco- and knife-friendly cutting board is just the item you need before slicing into your Thanksgiving bird. This oversized bamboo cutting board comes with a deep juice well, which prevents liquids from leaking onto your kitchen counter or elegant tablecloth.

Stainless steel potato masher

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  • $11.99
  • Dishwasher safe

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Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without mashed potatoes. This OXO Good Grips potato masher comes with a stainless-steel wire head and a nonslip rubber handle, letting you do the job on hand without slipping out of your hand. You can do the potato mash without worrying about your fingers cramping up.

Extra-long meat thermometer

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  • $10.99
  • Instant read

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The Habor 022 meat thermometer is a digital thermometer that lets you measure the temperature of your turkey in the blink of an eye (well, four to six seconds). And thanks to the 4.7-inch temperature probe, you can trust that you’re getting an accurate reading from the entire bird.

Cast iron Dutch oven

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  • $57.99
  • Holds 6-quarts

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When you need an attractive container to marinate, store, cook and serve food to your guests, a chic-looking enamel-coated Dutch oven makes your cooking and serving tasks that much easier. Bake, broil or sauté your signature dishes, then keep them hot or warm in this classically designed, cast iron Dutch oven.

Fat separator

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  • $14.95
  • BPA-free

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This OXO 4-cup fat separator gets the fat out of your zesty stock or the juices from your roast or broil so you don't have to worry about fishing out bits of fat from the liquid. After you’ve separated the fat from the juices, all you have to do is take the strainer and stopper off and let those delicious lean juices pour out.

Stainless steel Crock-Pot

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  • $27.80
  • Serves 8+ people

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This versatile kitchen tool comes in handy if you want to try your luck with some slow cooking or heat up a stew quickly. The washable stoneware inner section of the Crock-Pot is removable and can be used as a serving plate, which reduces the number of dishes you have to tackle when the big meal is over.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.