Thanksgiving is THE holiday for food lovers. We know it's a day to give thanks, but it's also the one day a year that we spend weeks (or, for some of us, months even) planning the greatest meal that ever existed. Between the bird, the stuffing and the army of side dishes, this day is what food heaven looks like.
With all that pressure, you want to make absolutely sure nothing goes wrong -- no dry turkeys, burnt stuffing or broken gravies. Stock up your kitchen with Thanksgiving essential cooking gadgets and don't you worry about a thing.
Digital Meat Thermometer
<b><a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-188086/Rosle-Stainless-Steel-Digital-Oven-and-Meat-Thermometer">Rösle Stainless-Steel Digital Oven and Meat Thermometer</a>, $45.00 at SurlaTable.com</b> Don't leave the fate of your turkey in a plastic pop-up timer, the digital meat thermometer is worth the dough.
Nonstick Roasting Pan Set
<b><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/calphalon-contemporary-nonstick-roaster-16-inch/">Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 16-inch Roaster</a>, $99.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com</b> This roasting set has it all: a nonstick roasting pan, nonstick roasting rack, poultry lifters and a basting bulb.
<b><a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-189450/AMCO-Easy-Release-Grease-Separator">AMCO Easy Release Grease Separator</a>, $15.95 at SurlaTable.com</b> Grease separators can make a better gravy -- and who doesn't want that?
<b><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/flavor-injector/">Flavor Injector</a>, $19.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com</b> If you don't have time for brining your bird you need this flavor injector. It'll make all the difference flavor-wise.
<b><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/brining-bag/">Brining Bags, Set of 4</a>, $16.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com</b> Brining is made so much easier with these heavy-duty reusable bags.
<b><a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-696617/J.K.-Adams-Maple-Carving-Board">J.K. Adams Maple Carving Board</a>, $29.99 to $34.99 at SurlaTable.com</b> This board (available in two sizes) features a tapered trench, which catches any meat juices for less mess (and to make gravy with).
<b><a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-193368/Dexas-Red-Silicone-Fill-a-Baster">Dexas Red Silicone Fill-a-Baster</a>, $14.95 at SurlaTable.com</b> There's nothing worse than a dry turkey. This baster will make sure that doesn't happen to your bird.
<b><a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=10587018">Heuck Turkey Lacers</a>, $.99 at BedBathandBeyond.com</b> Don't know how to sew? Don't worry. These lacers make it easy.
<b><a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/deluxe-angled-potato-ricer/">OXO Adjustable Potato Ricer</a>, $29.95 at Williams-Sonoma.com</b> A potato ricer may seem old school, but they make the best mashed potatoes.
Three-Tier Oven Rack
<b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nifty-Home-Products-Companion-3-Tier/dp/B0018DYWFM/">Nifty Home Products Companion 3-Tier Oven Rack</a>, $16.42 at Amazon.com</b> How else are you going to fit all that food in your oven?
<b><a href="http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=247350">Wusthof Gourmet Carving Set</a>, $79.99 at Cooking.com</b>
<b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Regency-Natural-Cooking-Twine-Cone/dp/B002NU6HOI/">Regency Natural Cooking Twine Cone</a>, $13.45 at Amazon.com</b> For trussing the bird of course.