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Essential Gear for the Thanksgiving Feast

Featured in our 2017 Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving may come but once a year, but that’s no reason to muddle through with gear that doesn’t cut it. Make this the year you equip yourself with the tools that will make your prep easier, from a heavy-duty roaster to an ingenious fat separator for gravy. You won’t believe how smoothly the meal comes together when you’ve got the right stuff.

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    Joseph Joseph Helix Potato Ricer

    If you crave creamy, smooth mashed potatoes, a ricer is the tool to turn from. Like a giant garlic press, these tools force the potato through the tiny holes, creating the smoothest, finest mash possible. While most potato ricers call for a downward squeezing motion, Joseph Joseph’s Helix ergonomic food press’s handles move horizontally, requiring less force to make your mashed potatoes.

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    J.K. Adams Pour-Spout Carving Board

    A good carving board has a channel to collect the juices that run off the roasted turkey, and keep your counter (or tablecloth) clean. But a great carving board, like this one hand-crafted from Vermont maple, has a pour spout so those flavorful juices can easily be poured off to add to the gravy. It also has an indentation to help hold the turkey in place while carving.

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    Cristel Heavy-Duty Roasting Pan

    Cristel’s heavy-duty roasting pan has so many pluses—wide, sturdy, easy-to-grasp handles to help you maneuver it; a matte surface to prevent scratching; a flat, flameproof bottom for whisking up pan gravy on the stovetop; and an adjustable roasting rack—that it’s great for smaller roasts as well as your turkey.

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    Smood Potato Masher

    The Smood may look like a whisk, but it’s actually a clever masher—just press down on cooked potatoes or squash, and force them through the tool’s flexible coils. Bonus: A silicone scraper on one side of the coil scrapes down the sides of the bowl as you mash.

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    Oxo Triple Timer

    When you’re juggling cooking times for several dishes, Oxo’s triple timer can keep track of it all at once, with different alarm sounds for each of the three timers. This model has long been a favorite in the Fine Cooking test kitchens for its intuitive controls and display.

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    All-Clad Roast Lifters

    One great trick for keeping the turkey juicy is to begin roasting it breast-side down, and then flip it midway through cooking. All-Clad’s polished stainless-steel Professional Roast lifters help to keep your grip on a hot, partly cooked turkey. They also make it a breeze to securely move the bird get from roasting pan to carving board once it’s cooked.

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    Amco Easy Release Fat Separator

    This is the best fat separator we've ever tried. It eliminates the perennial problem of fat getting into the spout as you pour off the turkey juices, because instead of a spout it drains the juices from a hole in the bottom of the cup, which is opened by squeezing a lever in the handle.

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    Viking Oval Covered Roaster

    This covered roaster can handle our holiday roasts and sides. The lid doubles as a gratin dish, and the rack can be hung from the edges of the pan to cook potatoes underneath.

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