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This Is Every Tool You Need to Make Thanksgiving Dinner

Updated on October 23, 2023

Once you’ve checked off these items, you'll be prepared for anything Thanksgiving dinner throws your way.

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Thanksgiving Tool Kit

Whether it’s your first or hundredth time hosting Thanksgiving, you'll undoubtedly find yourself rolling out pie dough with a wine bottle (because you lost your rolling pin), sieving gravy through a paper towel (because your fine mesh strainer is nowhere to be found) or coming up with any number of creative solutions for missing tools. But not this time. This year Food Network Kitchen has put together a list of the most important items you'll need to pull off dinner for your group of family and friends.

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Roasting Pan

Sure, you won’t use a roasting pan on the reg, but this investment piece is a holiday must that will last for many, many years to come. You’ll want a heavy-duty pan with high sides to keep any juices from splashing out as you transport your turkey from oven to counter.

And look for one that comes with a nonstick rack. The rack helps air circulate around your bird as it cooks, rendering perfectly crisp skin, and the non-stick will make cleanup a little easier.

Buy It: Anolon Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Roaster, $130, Amazon

Check out more of our top roasting pan picks here

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Extra Large Electric Fryer

Not into roasted turkey? #FreeTheOven this year with a deep-fried bird. Instead of standing outside in the cold monitoring your turkey while it cooks, pick up an indoor tabletop turkey fryer that will safely produce a golden, crispy bird in no time. Butterball makes a reliable fryer. Plus, all the messy bits are dishwasher safe making cleanup a breeze.

Buy it: Butterball Electric Fryer, $121.38, The Home Depot

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Twine Holder

Some say tying the legs up close to the breast helps protect the faster-cooking white meat from drying out in the oven. Others prefer not to truss, so the skin around the legs can crisp. But one thing is undeniable: if you want that picture-perfect Thanksgiving bird presented for carving, you need to truss that turkey. And to keep your twine sanitary and tangle-free consider picking up a twine holder.

Buy it: Norpro Stainless Steel Holder with Cooking Twine, $16.39 (reg. $18.99), Amazon

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