Whether it’s your first-time preparing Thanksgiving dinner or you are an expert, the Winni Wanderers have you covered with these must-have products to make your dinner prep as easy as, well, pie!
Mise en place
The French culinary world has a term for having all ingredients prepared and ready to assemble – “mise en place.” This method not only helps you stay organized, it also helps you seamlessly multitask as you set up stations for prepping different elements of your meal.
Starting off, these measuring spoons and measuring cups will be your go-to for portioning out the proper spices and ingredients. The key to good measuring tools is of course accuracy, but also having increments that are easy to read, like this liquid measuring set of three measuring cups with an angled design that gives you a clear view from the top or side while pouring. Where to put all these measured ingredients? A good set of prep bowls won’t let you down and will free up your measuring cups and spoons for another task, and believe us, you can’t ever have too many.
Once your ingredients are measured, it’s time to start creating combination magic and these mixing bowls with non-slip bottoms and covers, whisks, wooden spoons, hand mixer, and even a counter top stand mixer may make the task easier.
Peel, Spiralize, and Cut to the Chase
It is fair to say that many dishes in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner have ingredients that need to be peeled, sliced, cored, chopped, or grated, so read on for some great products to help with those tasks. A quality knife set is a good investment and not just for holiday meals. This knife set is not only highly rated but comes with a set of steak knives, a honing steel, and a pair of kitchen shears. Next up, are tools to help peel and core – a peeler set for thin skinned fruits and vegetables and a heavy-duty peeler to tackle the thick skin of vegetables such as butternut squash. Making a pineapple upside-down cake or an apple pie? Then this fruit corer set with added herb stripper will come to the time-saving rescue.
Chopping, slicing, and spiralizing can take up a lot of time, so this all-in-one vegetable chopper is a versatile tool for many food prep needs, plus these cutting boards make cleanup a breeze and are dishwasher safe.
This garlic tool with a peeling sleeve and mincer helps your hands stay odor-free while delivering delicious flavor.
If using canned food, this hand-held can opener not only has a smooth operation but will leave no sharp edges.
Pots, Pans, and Turkey… Oh My!
Simmering, browning, mashing, boiling, and roasting are words that help make up the Thanksgiving love language and are key tasks to get a successful meal on the table. These items will help you with those tasks and are a great addition to any kitchen.
A cookware set that is also oven safe and considered the “Rolls Royce” of pans according to Gordon Ramsay will certainly help to elevate your holiday cuisine. A roasting pan is also a must, and this one has an easy to clean, removeable rack that holds up to 24 pounds. Pair it with a turkey baster to help get that golden brown skin, and you are on your way to turkey-roasting greatness! Ensuring that golden-brown turkey reaches an appropriate cook temperature is - above all - a safety measure not to ignore, and this meat thermometer has you covered. Once done, this carving board is a great place for it to rest before carving. Speaking of carving…this carving set is a nod to old school methods while this electric carving knife is for carving experts. Transferring the turkey to a serving platter that can hold the garnish can make your bird the highlight of the table.
With mashed potatoes being a favorite side dish at Thanksgiving dinner, this potato ricer helps with a smooth delivery plus a fat separator is a must in creating gravy so good you may want to put it on everything!
Bake It ‘Til You Make It
Many side dishes and desserts are baked for the big meal, and whether you make them ahead of time or the day of, we found some helpful items that won’t break the bank!
A good set of oven mitts and potholders should be top of the list. This set has mitts long enough to shield your forearms, plus thick potholders to help you keep a grip while straining or pouring out boiling foods or removing a bubbling, crispy pie from the oven. This brings us to all things PIE! A great pie starts with a golden, flaky crust, and to help achieve that from the beginning is a rolling pin & pastry mat set to help you roll out the pastry to a perfect thickness and diameter to fit into the bottom of these beautiful pie plates. Love a golden topped pie but worried about burning the edges? This pie edge protector keeps the edge from burning and is adjustable for different pie dimensions. As mentioned, there are side dishes that need baking as well, and some tools of that trade are a Dutch oven, a baking set that covers everything from muffins to cookies, and a set of casserole dishes beautiful enough to display (and will have your stuffing browning nicely in no time). After the turkey has been carved and slices of pie distributed, there will be leftovers to portion out while guests snooze in front of the game. These decorative to-go containers keep the festive Thanksgiving theme going! Or, if you are keeping leftovers for yourself, this glass storage container set makes packing up the goodness a breeze!
We hope these items inspire you to create a Thanksgiving feast that will nourish the body while spending time with loved ones who nourish the soul (or who at least will help with dishes). Have a great product to recommend? Catch up with us at WinniWanderer@winni.com. Hearing from you will make our day!
By a hungry Staff Contributor
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