Best holiday cooking tool gifts

Those succulent roast turkeys, honey-glazed hams and bubbling apple pies don’t make themselves. Holiday cooking is a lot of hard work, but you can make it a delight with the right kitchen gift. Make life easier on the home cooks in your life with the gift of this year’s best kitchen tools, courtesy of the folks over at Reviewed.

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$145-$200

Viking 3-Ply Roasting Pan w/Rack

The tri-ply stainless steel construction definitely gives it some heft, but the handles are super wide and comfortable, distributing the pan’s weight nicely. It had excellent heat distribution as well. It’s big and sturdy enough to handle a 20-pound turkey and it’s capable of cooking anything you throw at it.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$64

ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Thermometer

Spending $60 on a thermometer might not be for everyone, but, this model is well worth the price tag, not only for your Thanksgiving Day meal but also if you’re serious about BBQ, making cheese, or boiling sugar for candy. In addition to being the most accurate probe we tested, it also has a nice backlight display.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$34

ThermoWorks ThermoPop Thermometer

The probe is long enough to keep your hands safely away from any hot steam. It also features a super thin tip that didn’t allow for many poultry juices to escape after probing. With a click of a super soft button, the display rotates 360 degrees for ease of viewing. Another click and the backlight illuminates the large numbers.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$25

OXO Good Grips Good Gravy Fat Separator

A fat separator is essential for making the best gravy. Some of them have temperamental levers, but the trigger on this model is super easy to control and by design will minimize splashing, creating less mess than some other models. There’s also a pour spout on the top, which makes it much easier to remove the fat left behind.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$20

J.A. Henckels International Poultry Shears

This set of poultry shears is easy to handle and their super-sharp blade cuts through tough turkey bones like they’re butter. They’re easy enough to sharpen when they get dull and they lock for safe, easy storage, so you won’t cut your hand digging for them in a drawer.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$28

Mercer Culinary Renaissance 11″ Knife

After you’ve spent all that time and money to prepare your turkey, you definitely want to present it just right. You could use your Chef’s knife, but there’s something ceremonious about pulling out a good carving knife. This one is so sharp, I’ve never had reason to replace it.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$18

Black & Decker EK500B

This electric knife aced all of our performance tests, and also has the most comfortable handle and was the quietest knife we tested. The round handle fit perfectly in our hands and stayed put, even when our hands were covered in chicken grease. The low price makes it the best value, too.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$99-$115

Teakhaus Rectangle Carving Board

This carving board is perfect for resting and carving a Thanksgiving turkey; it can easily hold a 25-pound bird! It also happens to be a gorgeous piece that makes a stylish addition to your kitchen. The use of teak (a high-oil wood) fought off moisture better than other wooden boards.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$37-$40

Chef’n FreshForce Potato Ricer

A potato ricer is the gadget you need to make fluffy, airy mashed potatoes. We loved the way this potato ricer effortlessly pushed the potatoes through the hopper, thanks to a gear-powered mechanism that requires less arm strength to use. The hopper is stainless steel, which is easier to clean.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$26

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

If you ask me which I prefer (glass or stainless steel bowls), I’ll say stainless every time. There’s nothing to shatter or chip, making them both durable and long-lasting, and their lightweight profile makes them easy to use. This set of 3 comes with airtight lids, making it easy to store and transport food.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$18

Pyrex Easy Grab Bake ‘N Store 8-pc Set

For convenience, there’s nothing like making casseroles for Thanksgiving. These Pyrex casserole dishes certainly aren’t fancy to look at, but I’ve been using my set for years. They heat evenly, they’re easy to clean, and those snap-on lids to make food storage a breeze.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$159-$200

Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY

This gadget excels at almost every task, from chopping onions and slicing tomatoes as well as a razor-sharp chefs’ knife, to kneading pizza dough into a smooth elastic ball. As an added bonus, the Cuisinart is so quiet while it’s running that it won’t shut down conversation in the kitchen!

 — Sharon Franke, contributor

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$20-$30

Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Some years, I skip the casserole dishes entirely and make my mac and cheese, stuffing, or cornbread straight in the cast iron. Lodge has been making its cast iron cookware since 1896, but its durability is one reason why Lodge has become a household name—and why they make our favorite cast iron pan.

 — Keith Barry, editor in chief

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$188-$250

Cuisinart MCP-12N 12-Piece Cookware Set

We love how easy these pans are to use. The tri-ply construction gives the pans the benefit of heat conductivity, but the aluminum core ensures they’re not too heavy to handle. The set includes everything you need to cook a meal, all with comfortable handles.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$280-$289

Zwilling J.A. Henckels 18-pc Knife Block Set

You don’t need every knife in the block to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, but this set gives you everything you’ll need at a great value—especially considering that it comes with eight really nice steak knives and a killer set of kitchen shears. The chef’s knife  is lightweight and easy to wield.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$14-$24

Nordic Ware Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet

Planning on making cookies for Thanksgiving? Roasted vegetables? You’ll need a good baking sheet, and there’s a reason this American-made baking sheet tops charts around the internet. It’s lightweight, large enough to fit more than a dozen cookies, and distributes heat like a dream.

 — Bethany Kwoka, contributor

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$11

Checkered Chef Stainless Steel Rack

Wire racks aren’t just for cooling your cookies and cakes: Use one to line a baking sheet and you’ll create the perfect convection cooking space. You see, the air will be able to circulate underneath your food, creating the crispiest bacon or Brussels sprouts on the block.

 — Lindsay D. Mattison, chef and food writer

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$30

Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish

It’s almost a Thanksgiving requirement to serve pie, so why not do it in style? You can’t beat the Emile Henry Pie Dish for looks or turning out a pie with a crispy, flaky crust. It’s made in France of ceramic and comes in lots of pretty colors. Plus, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe.

 — Sharon Franke, contributor

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$15-$28

J.K. Adams Plain Maple Rolling Dowel

It’s really just a sturdy wooden cylinder of a medium-heavy weight. But during testing, it rolled out perfect dough every time. The simple design of this rolling pin, combined with its weight, makes it easy to control the amount of pressure you use based on what you need for your dough.

 — Bethany Kwoka, contributor

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$40

Glasslock 18-Piece Oven Safe Container Set

We love that these containers nest within each other for easy storage, they don’t impart off-flavors into our food, and they’re marked as dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe (just the glass, not the lids). They also didn’t burst open or shatter when we dropped them from a countertop.

 — Christopher Snow, managing editor

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$20

Williams Sonoma All-Purpose Pantry Towels

Not only do these towels look good in any kitchen (choose from six colors), but they’re a pro at drying irregular objects like wine glasses and vases while still feeling soft to the touch. They retain more water than competitors, meaning it should be able to wipe water from plenty of dishes before you need another.

 — Courtney Campbell, e-commerce writer

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$60-$70

PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack

If you don’t want to run your good china, crystal, and silver through the dishwasher, a good dish rack is essential for an organized post-Thanksgiving dinner cleanup. Our favorite is this one, a smartly designed double-decker that holds more dishes than others we tested, without leaving a very large footprint.

 — Kori Perten, editor, home and outdoors

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