Fancy Feast: 9 Essentials For Hosting The Best Thanksgiving Ever

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* Must-have tools for hosting a delicious Thanksgiving meal
* These will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by cooking for family and friends
* From a thermometer to a Dutch oven, we’ve got all the essentials covered

With fall right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of how and where your Thanksgiving feast is happening this year. Getting through creating and hosting a Thanksgiving meal can be a huge task, and any help that can be given is often well received.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top picks for Thanksgiving essentials. These tools will make Thanksgiving day delicious and smooth, so you can enjoy it just as much as your guests will. From ensuring the wine is chilled to serving the feast in the most Thanksgiving-y way possible, check out this list cooking and hosting items to throw the best turkey day party ever.

1. Habor Meat Thermometer

Ensure your turkey is properly cooked with this Habor Thermometer. With its extra long probe and quick reading time, you’ll know your turkey is going to come out just the way you want it. All you have to do is stick the thermometer into the bird to see an accurate temperature reading (between -58℉ to 572℉). This thermometer also comes with a handy storage sheath and an auto shut-off function to prolong battery life.

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2. OXO Good Grips Fat Separator

A good gravy can make or break a Thanksgiving meal. With the OXO Good Grips Fat Separator, the stock going into your gravy will be somewhere close to fat-free. Not only does the device allow the fat to separate itself out, the heat-resistant strainer also catches any unwanted bits of food that have dislodged during the cooking process, leaving you with a clean stock for your gravy. This fat separator is dishwasher safe and has a plastic handle for easy handling when things are hot.

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3. BlizeTec Wine Chiller

If you prefer wine over beer, you know that serving a good bottle at the right temperature is essential. Avoid any chilling mistakes with this BlizeTec 3-in-1 cooler stick. The easy-to-install, BPA-free stopper sports an aerator and pourer on one end along with the chilling rod on the other. To use the rod, simply place it in the freezer for a couple of hours before you open your wine. Then, slide it into the bottle to keep your wine perfectly chilled. This nifty device is ideal for special occasions (like Thanksgiving) or even as a gift for wine-loving friends and family.

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4. Yankee Candle Fall Favorites Gift Set

Included in this Yankee Candle sampler set are 10 votives with enticing fall scents. The set comes with two Autumn Wreath, two Sage and Citrus, two Spiced Pumpkin, two Cinnamon Stick and two Mackintosh candles. These strong scents are a great way to set the mood on Thanksgiving day. As soon as your guests step inside, the ambiance will put them in the right frame of mind for an afternoon of food, football and family-themed fun.

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5. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom

If you want to get your home to smell of the holidays without lighting a candle, give this Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom a go. The convincing prop can be placed around the house as decor, and your guests will surely never guess that the enticing cinnamon aroma is coming from the broom in the corner. The twiggy piece produces a strong, fall-inspired scent for a few weeks before the delightful smell slowly fades away.

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6. Cuisinart Roaster with Rack

As the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, it’s vital the turkey is cooked correctly. By preparing and cooking your bird in this rectangular roaster, you can be confident the flavors and moisture you desire in your main dish will be achieved. The stainless steel roaster’s 16-inch size also means it can even hold larger than normal turkeys. And, as a bonus, every part of the pan is dishwasher safe.

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7. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

With over 10 color options, this Lodge 6 Quart Dutch Oven will blend effortlessly into your existing kitchenware yet fill a hole in your Thanksgiving preparations. The enameled cast iron oven is ideal for fixing and serving dishes like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. In addition, the Dutch oven has two built-in handles for easy moving during the cooking and serving processes. It also features a self-basting lid.

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8. OXO Good Grips Food Mill

The OXO Food Mill the best way to get the right textures on your Thanksgiving table. With the choice of fine, medium and coarse preparations, potatoes, corn, beets and cranberries can be easily ground, macerated or mashed with the built-in cutting mechanism. This food mill also boasts a simple, spring-loaded lever for easy set up, including the exchange of the grinding discs. Plus, this tool has fold-out feet for secure positioning around the kitchen.

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9. Certified International Autumn Fields Dinnerware Set

After putting in all the hard work to prepare a delicious meal for your guests, you’ll want to ensure your presentation is on par with the quality of the food. This Certified International dinnerware set is adorned with a mix of fall-themed pumpkins, and it’s a great way to serve your feast. The dinnerware includes plates, mugs and bowls for a family of four, so depending on the number of guests you anticipate serving, you may need to order more than one set.   

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