10 Kitchen Tools You Need to Create a Spectacular Thanksgiving Meal

Amazing Thanksgiving dinners don't magically appear on the table, even if it might appear that way to your guests. In fact, pulling off this eagerly awaited annual meal takes no small amount of planning, preparation and effort. It also...

Amazing Thanksgiving dinners don't magically appear on the table, even if it might appear that way to your guests. In fact, pulling off this eagerly awaited annual meal takes no small amount of planning, preparation and effort. It also takes the right tools. Read on for our roundup of 10 pieces of must-have kitchen equipment aimed at helping you get the job done with minimal stress and optimal outcomes.

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Transform basic ingredients into a beautiful meal with the right tools.

1. A Roasting Dish and Rack

Looking to grace your holiday table with its most glorious, golden turkey yet? A sturdy roasting pan is the key. A heavy bottom is ideal for everything from caramelizing vegetables to catching drippings, while the rack allows air to circulate resulting in moist meat and impossibly crisp skin.

2. Fat Separator with Strainer

It may not be a big ticket item, but it's a huge help when it comes to transforming pan drippings into rich, flavorful gravy.

3. Carving Board With Trench

Save yourself the mess while preserving your bird's precious juices by investing in a carving board with a built-in trench. One other time-saving trick? Chop veggies on one side then simply flip when it's turkey-carving time.

4. A Wireless Probe Thermometer

The only thing worse than an overcooked Thanksgiving turkey? An undercooked one. Avoid this holiday nightmare by using a thermometer to ensure that your bird is roasted to the perfect 165°F.

Don't want to be tied to the kitchen? This convenient wireless model offers remote monitoring up to 100 feet away!

5. A Carving Set

Speaking of carving the turkey, why devote all that time and effort to cooking the turkey if you're just going to hack away at after? Instead, ensure that your turkey is sliced to perfection by investing in a carving set.

Wondering how best to carve your turkey? Watch Real Simple's "How to Carve a Turkey" video for a handy primer.

6. A Stand Mixer

From whipping up the perfect mashed potatoes to all of the baking you'll be doing between now and the New Year, a stand mixer is guaranteed to become any foodie's new best friend.

7. A Rimmed Baking Sheet

Baking sheets aren't the exclusive domain of holiday cookies. You'll be reaching for this simple sheet pan again and again -- ideal for everything from roasting veggies to making dinner rolls.

8. Microwave-Safe Bakeware

When oven and stovetop space is at a premium, Thanksgiving hosts rely on make-ahead dishes. Microwave-safe baking and casserole dishes can be popped right into the microwave. Choosing bakeware that's also dishwasher- and freezer-safe further lightens your load.

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Fusing practical with pretty.

9. Pretty Pie Dishes

While a perfectly made pie is in itself a work of art, why not give it its due with a worthy presentation?

10. A Coffee Maker

If you're setting your alarm for four in the morning to put your gobbler in the oven, you'll likely need some caffeine to jumpstart your morning. Keep it brewing throughout the day as guests push through the post-turkey lull.

No one said making Thanksgiving dinner was easy, but smart hosts and hostesses don't have to do it alone. Rather, they have an arsenal of trusty tools for which to give thanks this holiday season. Browse ovenware, kitchenware, cookware, bakeware, and everything else you need to bring your holiday meal to life this Thanksgiving.