Thanksgiving Tools To Make The Job Easier

Potato ricer

With Thanksgiving coming in just three short weeks, I’ve started working on my attack plan.  I do this every year.  Read here my plan from a couple of years ago.  I also have a blank planner tool you can also download and use yourself.  It says Thanksgiving Planner 2009 but you can just cross that off and write in 2011 if it bothers you.

Oh and before I forget if you are looking for my list of gluten and dairy free Thanksgiving recipes, go to my new Recipe page (see menu bar at the top of any page) where you’ll find those and a listing of many more of the over 400 recipes on this blog.  We’re adding more every day.

So what tools do you need around to make your Thanksgiving day easier?  I tossed that question up on Facebook and got some great answers.

Thanksgiving Tools to Make the Job Easier

Kim from Cook It Allergy Free listed a potato ricer, my Roasting Pan, my Baster, and my pretty casserole dishes!

Nooshin from For the Love of Food said a foot massager- for after standing up on my feet cooking all day! 🙂

Wendy from Celiacs in the House said  I bought some of those big turkey lifting forks and have used them for roasted chickens all year. They take away the danger and thrills of dropping those birds when lifting with tongs and forks or whatever we have on hand to transfer from pan to platter.

These are all great ideas. Let me add a few of my own.

A great butcher who will Spatchcock my turkey for me and then a big jelly roll pan to lay it flat on and cook it in 70 minutes!

A cooking thermometer that lets me know when that pretty bird is done cooking.

A very sharp knife to carve up the cooked bird which is so easy when you spatchcock it.

My trusty container of Kitchen Basics Turkey Stock to add to the pan drippings for a delicious gravy.

I too must have a potato ricer as it makes the most amazing mashed potatoes.

My double ovens so I can have the pies and stuffing cooking while the turkey roasts.

Tripple crockpot server to keep side dishes warm while I work on some of the others so dinner is not cold in spots.

People (especially those shown here)  to eat all of this food, a fire in the fireplace and the TV on all 3 NFL football games!  Pin It

my two boys and my parents


12 Responses to Thanksgiving Tools To Make The Job Easier

  1. Kim-Cook It AF November 4, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Love your ideas!! And mashed potatoes are just not the same without a ricer. I just wish, beyond wishes, that some year we could spend Thanksgiving cooking together. How fun would that be? I swear I feel like you are part of my family. Seriously.

    • Diane Eblin November 6, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      I would love to cook Thanksgiving or any other big meal for a crowd with you. Lots of fun! So, can I come to your house for the holidays?

  2. Lexie November 5, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    My mouth for grinding food. (Lillian made me leave this comment).

    • Diane Eblin November 6, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      Lexie and Lillian I think that is the perfect tool!

  3. Shirley @ gfe November 6, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I'm getting hungry reading this post! Love all the ideas, especially Wendy's! My favorite tool is my slow cooker/crockpot because that's what I use to make not one, but two awesomely simple and wonderful turkey breasts for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Thanks, Diane and all!

    • Diane Eblin November 6, 2011 at 11:05 am #

      Thank you Shirley. I think there are a lot of people that would love those easy recipes. I know about this one… Do you have another recipe like this? If so please share it here. We all love good tasting easy recipes!

      • Shirley @ gfe November 6, 2011 at 11:27 am #

        Diane, my other recipe for Super Easy Turkey Breast is here:… I'm sure it could be made dairy free with the use of dairy-free "butter." 🙂


        • Diane Eblin November 6, 2011 at 11:36 am #

          Thank you for sharing. I can't wait for turkey day!!!!!

  4. jane November 6, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I would love a double oven! And lots of people to eat the food .. (I think it will just be me and my husband right now!) And a huge cutting board for cutting that turkey!

    • Diane Eblin November 6, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      Jane that is a great thing to have! I love a large board for food prep too because I can cut many different things on the same borad and just move it over to a corner. Great addition!

  5. Alta November 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I so wish I had a double oven too! I do love my potato ricer though! Maybe I need two new tools – 1, a new roasting pan, and 2, some of those big forks for lifting the bird. Of course, my bird will be 20 lbs, so who knows whether those will really make it easier or not!

    • Diane Eblin November 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

      Happy Thanksgiving Alta.