12 Must Have Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools

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We're 1 week into WGC Thanksgiving and before it gets too late in the month, and the supply chain gets even crazier... let's talk about the 12 Must Have Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools!

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With the WGC Thanksgiving continuing to roll out over the next few weeks, let's take a minute to suss out our kitchens and make sure we have all the tools to make an incredible Thanksgiving feast! So let's talk about the 12 MUST-HAVE Thanksgiving Kitchen Tools.

There are a few things that make life SO much easier come Thanksgiving! Here's my list so you have plenty to time to find these tools, buy them from the store, borrow them from neighbors, or steal them from family members!

  • Roasting Pan - for the Turkey!! Duh. This All Clad one is my all time FAVORITE and it's on sale!! Also available on Amazon
  • Carving Knifes - don't even try and carve the bird without them! I mean, you'd be able to do it, but an actual carving knife is so much easier to maneuver around the turkey or chicken breast when you're breaking it down. Here's one if you want it to match your Global Knives... and here's a Wusthof one if you want to match that!!
  • Turkey Baster - because we want that turkey to be loaded with as much flavor as possible. Here's another option too!
  • Meat Thermometer - we've all questioned whether or not a turkey was done once or twice before in our lives... so here's the solution. A REALLY good quality thermometer that instantly reads the temp and tells you if you're ready to take the bird out of the oven. The one linked here is my all time fav (and here it is on Amazon),  but if you want a cheaper option this one is awesome as well.
  • Carving Board - carving the bird 🙂 obviously!! I just got this one to match my every day cutting board and while I might only pull it out for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it's worth it so the juices from the bird don't spill all over my kitchen floor!
  • All Clad Dutch Oven - you've seen this baby on my instagram-lives and let me tell you something... I AM OBSESSED. I use it for everything. And I mean everything...  sautéing, braising, boiling etc. I love the high sides so things don't splatter. I love that you can pop it into the dishwasher. I'm fully obsessed.
  • Baking Sheets - a LOT of them! For roasting all the veggies and anything else that needs time in the oven. The Gold Touch ones are my favorite because they are actually non-stick and so easy to clean. They also make great cookies because of the way the pan is shaped so there is air circulation around the cookies or whatever else is on them!
  • Potato Ricer - if you take anything away from this list, THIS potato ricer is probably the most important. It's going to give you the most perfect mashed potatoes of all times. It's cheap, easy to store, and truly a game changer.
  • Wine Opener - It's fast and efficient and really saves the day when you've got a crew of people opening up wine bottles every hour or so! And if you really want to splurge... this is your best bet!
  • Prep Bowls - I just ordered 2 new sets of these because prepping a feast without them is basically impossible!!
  • Food Scale - I know, I know, it's a pain in the butt to weigh out ingredients for any baking recipes that go by weight... but here's what I'll tell you! Most of my recipes are done by cups/tablespoons... but those few that are done by weight are done that way for a reason. Trust me, I'd never make you break out the scale unless it was totally mandatory!
  • Glass Storage containers - for some reason I always am running low on leftover storage by this time of the year. And hot tip - if you're feeding a crowd, ask your guests to bring their own food storage so they don't have to "borrow" and never return yours! These larger ones are amazing

Get ready for the next few weeks guys - we're kicking it into high gear!

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!
And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas


  1. Hi Gabby, just wondering what knife would you recommend for a bread knife. Just purchased the veggie knife from the global knife series & just love it. Happy Holidays since were so close

  2. Gaby,
    Thanks so much for the awesome Thanksgiving tool list. Very helpful ideas.

    I just LOVE the serving platter that the turkey is on. Where did you get that????

    Thanks so much

  3. My niece is a student in Switzerland. I sent her the brownie bites and she loved them. Also I made my son the m&m bars he loved them. Thank You.

  4. Thank you so much! You're the best! How about a shopping list of items I can get before my whole family arrives from Portland! Just so I can shop early! Thanks!

  5. Love this list! You should definitely add your favorite garlic press to this list though. I go through a lot of garlic during the holidays and I need that thing in my life. Another tip I'd add would be to buy a set of the cheaper plastic Tupperware for those guests who didn't bring their own for leftovers. Most people feel kind of tacky about bringing their own to-go containers.

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