* 9 cooking essentials to help you prepare the most delicious turkey possible
* Includes everything from basters and injectors to brining kits and thermometers
* A great way to ensure everyone leaves your Thanksgiving get together with a smile
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make this the best Thanksgiving ever. Random relative arguments and your team winning the game might be a little out of your control, but one way to make the best of things is the turkey. Make sure you’ll have a day to remember by ensuring that everyone leaves with memories of your delicious feast. With this in mind, here are 9 essential pieces of turkey-cooking kit that’ll have you heading to the best tasting turkey you can make. We’ve got every tool you’ll ever need to impress your guests, from checking your internal turkey temperatures to separating fats to ensure your gravy has a delicious flavor.
1. Stainless Steel Baster and Injector
Keep your turkey from drying out with a Norpro Stainless Steel Baster and Injector. Before baking, use the needle to infuse flavor into your bird, then use the baster to add extra juices throughout the cooking process. The silicone on these tools is heat resistant, and the 11-inch size means it has enough suction to make a difference, but isn’t a huge inconvenience in your kitchen drawers.
Norpro Deluxe Stainless Steel Baster with Injector and Cleaning Brush
2. Turkey Perfect Brining Kit
Many Americans swear brining is the best preparation for turkey. If you haven’t a clue where to begin, these brine kits will provide all the essentials for brining your bird. The Fire & Flavor kit includes a 25-pound brine bag and a brine mix. Give your turkey crispy, golden skin for all to enjoy with Turkey Perfect.
3. Copper Turkey Lifter
Beautiful and functional, the Nifty Home Products Copper Turkey Lifter helps you get your heavy bird out of the pan when it’s time to dine. This particular lifter won’t stick to the turkey skin or the drippings. Plus, it has detachable handles to prevent the lifter from inhibiting carving and make cleaning easier.
4. 4-Cup Fat Separator
Make your Thanksgiving gravy taste even better by creating it directly from your drippings with this Bellemain 4-Cup Fat Separator. It strains the fat out of your drippings to give you the ideal base for this Thanksgiving sauce. The measuring cup is heat resistant so it won’t crack even if your broth comes straight out of the oven. Plus, the spout stopper prevents any fat from getting trapped in the pouring area.
Bellemain 4-Cup Fat Separator / Measuring Cup with Strainer & Fat Stopper / 1 Liter Capacity
5. Digital Meat Thermometer
As with cooking any poultry, safety is the most important thing in preparing the Thanksgiving turkey. Make sure you don’t serve undercooked meat by utilizing the ThermoPro Digital Meat Thermometer. The metal probe is easy to insert into your bird, and the digital LCD screen is even easier to read. Plus, the smart thermometer boasts a count up and countdown timer.
ThermoPro TP-16 Large LCD Digital Cooking Food Meat Smoker Oven Kitchen BBQ Grill Thermometer Clock Timer with Stainless Steel Probe
6. Meat Injector Kit
For the juiciest turkey you’ve ever tasted, use a meat injector. This kit from Amgree comes with a stainless steel injector needle boasting a three ring handle for secure grip. With it, you can easily puncture the skin of your turkey to insert flavorful marinades. This Amazon buy includes one heavy duty meat injector, three needles, four rubber rings, two bristle brushes and a waterproof microfiber bag.
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7. Maple Turkey Carving Board
Turkey advice and a fun addition to the kitchen wrapped in one, the Maple Turkey Carving Board will be your go-to Thanksgiving table decor this year. The Grand Epicure board has a juice wells and handles. It also includes fun tips on the surface, so you’re sure to cut the turkey just the right way.
8. Stainless Steel Drip Tray
If you plan to rotisserie a turkey, you’re going to want to use a drip tray. These go in the bottom of your pan and allow all those nice juices to collect in the bottom of the tray without affecting cooking time. This particular drip tray is stainless steel and measures 19 inches by 4 inches, so you may need to use more than one to cover the bottom of your pan.
Update International (DTS-419) 4" x 19" Rectangular Drip Tray, Stainless Steel
9. Roaster Oven
The last thing you need to make the perfect turkey is somewhere to cook your bird. That’s where the Oster Roaster Oven comes in. This 22-quart device can roast up to a 26-pound turkey, In addition, there’s no need to manually baste the bird throughout the roasting process as the lid is self-basting. It also prevents heat from escaping and therefore speeds up the cooking time. In addition to turkey, the roaster oven can bake everything from yeast rolls to sheet cake.