With the holidays right around the corner, you may already be thinking about your family dinner menu. Whether you're expecting a lot of guests or just a few, it's never too soon to start planning. Since holiday meals require a lot of prep time, you'll want to use your time efficiently. To simplify the process, here are some must-have kitchen tools to make meal prep manageable.
To increase your oven's capacity, consider investing in a 3-tier oven rack. A durable rack will allow you to place more items in your oven at the same time. Your pies, potatoes, and vegetables can cook in unison while you tend to other holiday tasks. You'll also be able to serve everything warm and enjoy sitting with your guests instead of running back and forth to the oven.
After all your effort, the last thing you want is an overcooked, dry turkey. To keep your turkey moist, basting is necessary. A 3-head baster provides 3 functions: a silicone brush to coat food evenly, a shower head for quick basting, and the nozzle without an attachment for heavy stream. Your guests will rave about your expertise in the kitchen after using this tool!
Everybody's favorite side dish just got a lot easier to make. Use a potato ricer to make light, fluffy, mashed potatoes for your guests to enjoy. Select the fine, medium, or coarse setting and place your cooked potatoes in the hopper and squeeze the handles. This tool is also useful for cooked veggies and fruit purees.
Whether you're chopping up vegetables for a crudite or slicing cheese for a charcuterie board, a good cutting board is a must. Since counter space is often limited, a space-saving cutting board is your go-to solution. The oval-shaped board will fit snuggly over any corner angle of a standard counter surface to free up the larger sections of your counters for other things.
Whether your turkey is 15 or 30 pounds, you will need some assistance getting it out of the roasting pan. The stainless steel lifters can be used to lift your piping hot turkey out of the pan and onto the cutting board with ease. With gently curved, pointed prongs and broad bases, the turkey lifters, will support even the most unwieldy birds.
The French butter crock will not only keep your butter spreadable, it will spruce up your holiday table. Whether you're serving store-bought or homemade butter, the French butter crock will keep your butter fresh for up to three weeks. Simply add water to the crock to create a seal that blocks air from spoiling your butter. Warm rolls and mashed potatoes have never tasted better!
Hosting a holiday dinner is no easy task. Set yourself up for success by having these unique kitchen tools on-hand. It will make prep time and family time a whole lot more enjoyable.