Anyone else looking for handy kitchen gadgets for holiday cooking and baking? Since I’m cooking more of the big-ticket dishes this year, so I’ve been cruising my favorite culinary purveyors for fun new tools. And now that I’ve landed on these, I’m not sure how I ever cooked without them.

How have I been zesting lemons on a cheese grater all these years?!

So whether you’re new to roasting turkey for Thanksgiving or just looking to upgrade your cooking and baking arsenal for the upcoming holiday season, definitely give these a look.

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10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Yummly Smart meat thermometer | Amazon

We’re not huge meat eaters in my house, so when I do make it, I rely heavily on a meat thermometer to make sure I get it to a safe temperature. So naturally I’m coveting this Yummly Smart meat thermometer at Amazon that tells you not just when the meat is safe to eat, but also the temp it should be for medium rare, well done, etc., based on what you’re making. Plus when to flip. No more frantically googling “poultry temp done when,” while I’m roasting turkey.

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Glass bulb baster | Williams-Sonoma

So I’m not normally super into single-task kitchen items, but I have to say that this glass bulb baster at Williams-Sonoma is an exception. There’s just no easier, more precise way to get that crispy skin on your Thanksgiving turkey or roast chicken. Especially if you don’t want to drip hot fat onto the bottom of your oven for later clean-up (been there).

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: KitchenAid cordless immersion blender | Amazon

Take it from a woman who’s transferred multiple batches of hot soup into a standing blender, you need one of these! I love that this new KitchenAid cordless immersion blender can be charged ahead of time to go cord-free. If you’re planning to purée anything — soups, dips, broth — this holiday season, this will make your life easier. Trust me.

Related:7 tasty, healthy soup recipes for fall and winter!

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Microplane grater | Williams-Sonoma

If you’re still using your cheese grater to zest citrus fruits, stop it! This microplane grater from Williams-Sonoma will rock your world. And leave your knuckles nick-free, whoo! Also great for fluffy, snow-like parmesan. Yes please.

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Souper Cubes

If you’re someone who uses turkey leftovers to make soup or broth, or who preps ahead of the holidays (wow, teach me your ways!), I think these Souper Cubes that Kristen discovered will come in handy. I like that they’re reusable (unlike the those Ziploc freezer bags) and let you portion out the servings.

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Silpat for cupcakes | Williams-Sonoma

Talk about handy kitchen gadgets! I found a Silpat for cupcakes! I’ve been using Silpats for my cooking, roasting, and sheet pan recipes for years now, so I was positively stoked to discover they make Silpats in madeleine and mini loaf shapes. Aluminum pan included.

Related: Holiday baking substitutes to make your cookies and pies a little healthier

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Oxo Good Grips scraper and chopper | Amazon

If you’re doing anything with dough this holiday season, I’d recommend the Oxo Good Grips scraper and chopper. I love that you can divide dough sections evenly, without it sticking to the chopper, and that you can use it to scrape up the leftover bits when you’re done.

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Echo Show | Amazon

It’s not specifically a Thanksgiving tool, but hear me out on why you need an Echo Show in our kitchen for holiday cooking. It boasts a trove of video recipes, which is awesome if I’m trying a new technique, like spatchcocking a turkey. I can set multiple timers and ask her to do all my conversions, hands-free, which is so nice if I’m cooking several dishes at once. Plus, I can ask Alexa for a recipe, scroll to the one with the best reviews, and have her add the ingredients to my shopping list.

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: OXO fat separator | Amazon

To me, making gravy is one of those, “a minute to learn a learn, a lifetime to master” skills. But if your in-laws are arriving soon and you don’t have a lifetime, go for this cool OXO fat separator instead. So useful for siphoning off the fat in other dishes, too.

 

10 handy kitchen gadgets that make holiday cooking and baking easier: Pie crust shield | Amazon

It’s a known fact that the pie crust always finishes baking before the rest of the pie. So avoid the burned edges with this lovely pie crust shield at Amazon, which I’m pretty sure is the ultimate of handy kitchen gadgets. Before I bought mine, I covered the pie with aluminum foil mid-way through baking, but these have been a game changer. And more sustainable, yay!

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