FOOD & DRINK
11/02/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2015

9 Essential Items You Should Buy NOW For A Flawless Thanksgiving

Quick, before you forget.

With Thanksgiving coming around the bend, it's time to start thinking about the big feast. It's the only time of year we put so much thought into a meal -- but it's worth it for the gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and turkey.

Here's the problem most people make when it comes to prepping for this meal. All too often, folks think about the recipes they want to cook and the ingredients they'll need, but they forget entirely about stocking the kitchen with tools and gadgets that are missing from their arsenal -- ones that are essential come the big day too, like a roasting pan for the bird. Don't let that be you this year. 

You can be prepared this year with the help of Cook's Illustrated's list of essential Thanksgiving items. They put together a list of their favorite buys for much-needed Thanksgiving tools that have been tested by their own chefs, so you know they won't fail you come the big day. We narrowed down their list to what we find absolutely essential. With these items in hand, you're set for a flawless Thanksgiving.

  • 1 A 16" roasting pan with a roasting rack.
    This essential Thanksgiving item is sadly the one all too many people forget until it's time to put the turkey in the oven. D
    America's Test Kitchen
    This essential Thanksgiving item is sadly the one all too many people forget until it's time to put the turkey in the oven. Don't let it happen to you!

    Get the Calphalon Stainless roasting pan and rack at Amazon for $110.49.
  • 2 A digital meat thermometer.
    This is the very definition of essential come Thanksgiving.<br><br><strong>Get the&nbsp;Polder&nbsp;Digital In-Oven Thermomet
    America's Test Kitchen
    This is the very definition of essential come Thanksgiving.

    Get the Polder Digital In-Oven Thermometer at Amazon for $17.22.
  • 3 A good carving board.
    Seriously, those ridges are everything when trying to carve a turkey and not make a mess everywhere.<br><br><strong>Get the&n
    America's Test Kitchen
    Seriously, those ridges are everything when trying to carve a turkey and not make a mess everywhere.

    Get the Reversible Maple Carving Board at Amazon for $76.99.
  • 4 A pair of kitchen shears.
    Seriously. On turkey day you need these more than you might think. Just invest, it's time.<br><br><strong>Get the&nbsp;Kersha
    America's Test Kitchen
    Seriously. On turkey day you need these more than you might think. Just invest, it's time.

    Get the Kershaw Taskmaster Shears at Amazon for $30.24.
  • 5 A real slicing knife.
    After all that work of cooking the bird, it'd be a shame to destroy it with the wrong cutting utensil. Slicing knives will gi
    America's Test Kitchen
    After all that work of cooking the bird, it'd be a shame to destroy it with the wrong cutting utensil. Slicing knives will give you those perfect slices of bird that you're looking for -- and, you don't even need an outlet.

    Get the 12 inch Slicing Knife at Amazon for $56.99.
  • 6 A fat separator
    You want great gravy, right?<br><strong><br>Get the&nbsp;Trudeau Fat Separator at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002EVPD
    America's Test Kitchen
    You want great gravy, right?

    Get the Trudeau Fat Separator at Amazon for $16.95.
  • 7 A proper potato masher.
    The potatoes aren't going to mash themselves.<br><strong><br>Get the stainless steel potato masher from <a href="http://www.a
    America's Test Kitchen
    The potatoes aren't going to mash themselves.

    Get the stainless steel potato masher from Amazon for $25.
  • 8 Plain ol' kitchen twine.
    This is how you get stuffing to actually stuff into the bird. It is crucial folks.<br><br><strong>Get kitchen twine at <a hre
    America's Test Kitchen
    This is how you get stuffing to actually stuff into the bird. It is crucial folks.

    Get kitchen twine at Amazon for $5.99.
  • 9 A multi-event kitchen timer.
    This isn't really a must-have, but it will make your day of shuffling many items in the oven a whole lot smoother.<br><strong
    America's Test Kitchen
    This isn't really a must-have, but it will make your day of shuffling many items in the oven a whole lot smoother.

    Get the Chef's Quad-Timer Professional at Amazon for $29.95.

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