Must-Have Turkey Prep Tools

I think we all know the absolute stress that comes with Thanksgiving Day prep. And if you make turkey for any other holidays, you’re pretty much my hero! It’s just not an easy thing to get right. Too many things can go terribly wrong; your bird dries out, it doesn’t have enough flavor, or maybe you don’t have the right equipment to get it fried perfectly. But there’s no need to stress this year!

“Why?” you may ask. I’ll tell you: I’ve got everything you need to make the perfect turkey for any of your holiday meals. And even a few things that are just helpful in general. Trying to make the perfect stuffing? Try this amazing veggie chopper that will save your hands and wrists. Want to make quick work of tearing up the turkey for leftovers? These plastic meat claws are amazing! Or maybe you’re missing the basics. If so, this amazing roasting pan is perfect!

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Let This Tool Do the Work for You

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There’s no need to spend your time sawing away at a turkey anymore, these awesome, stainless steel shears do the hard work for you! They’re heavy-duty to cut through the toughest parts and the handle is slip-resistant so you don’t have to worry about greasy, turkey hands sliding where they shouldn’t.

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Give Your Wrists a Rest

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There’s a lot of veggie chopping during the holidays, especially if you’re stuffing your turkey, and this cool gadget gives you the ability to chop them up in just the right size pieces without putting your wrist to work. Any gadget that makes my Thanksgiving cooking easier is a win for me!

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Get Your Meat and Potatoes Ready

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This is a dual-purpose tool. Not only does it break up your meat into easily usable chunks for delicious casseroles or sandwiches, it also serves as a potato masher. There’s nothing quite like a tool that serves double duty. It’s a must-have for prep for any big meals you’ve got coming up.

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Veggie Chopping Just Got Easier

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Talk about a multi-purpose tool! This tool does just about anything you could think of and is infinitely helpful. I use this for my Thanksgiving rolls and to chop up my Thanksgiving veggies. But you could use it anytime, for just about anything. And that non-slip handle is a real finger-saver!

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Make Quick Work of On-the-Bone Meat

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Every year after Thanksgiving I wind up with tons of leftovers. There’s just too much turkey to eat all at once! We like to cut it up and use it for sandwiches, but who has time to actually cut all that meat off the bone? That’s where these meat claws come in! They do all that tough work for you.

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Keep That Turkey Moist

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I know that’s not everyone’s favorite word, but it’s a super important word when you’re cooking meat! The last thing you want is a dry bird that no one wants to eat. This awesome turkey baster helps you to keep your main dish as moist, and therefore tender, as possible while it’s cooking away.

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Truss Your Turkey

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I have never trussed a turkey in my life, it just seems complicated, but I know it’s an important step if you’re looking to stuff your turkey! This kit has everything you need to get it all tied up right so you can keep your delicious stuffing right where you want it.

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Mix Up Your Stuffing

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I’m from the South where there are two kinds of stuffing; the kind you eat and the kind that goes in your bird. These bowls work for both, but I recommend using them for your inside-the-turkey stuffing because they’re metal and easy to get all that butter and grease off of.

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Inject Some Moisture

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I think this tool is absolutely revolutionary! I’ve never seen anything quite like it before, but it keeps your meat moist from the inside out. It injects moisture into your food so you can get the best cut no matter what and you don’t have to baste quite as much.

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If You Deep Fry Your Bird

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If you’re a turkey deep-frier you need these gloves. It’s so scary to drop your turkey down into that vat of boiling oil. Fortunately, these great gloves ensure you’re well-equipped for that terrifying drop with their heat-resistant and sturdy exterior. You can handle hot food with ease and without fear.

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Try the Julia Childs Method

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The only way I cook a turkey is the Julia Childs way. Sure, it takes absolute hours, but it makes an amazing turkey that’s so moist and delicious you’ll be shocked. But the odd thing you need in order to make it? Cheese cloth! It’s what keeps that moisture and buttery goodness locked in.

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Make Quick Work of Your Turkey

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This electric knife has absolutely changed my life. It makes speedy work of even the largest of turkeys and keeps you from having to injure your wrists when you saw away at the meat. It’s a must-have tool if you feed a lot of people during your Thanksgiving Day feast.

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Get a Good Read

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I love this thermometer! It’s got a rubber casing so it doesn’t get ruined by grease and it’s heat resistant with a long reach so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself when you check the temp of your turkey. It’s also an electronic read so you don’t have to stare at that little dial forever.

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Lock In Moisture

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Another, more popular, way to lock moisture in is with turkey bags. And not only does it lock in moisture, but it also locks in heat so you’re able to cook it a little faster. My grandma is a huge fan of the turkey bag and I can tell you — it makes an unbeatable one!

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Brine It Right

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Brining is such an easy way to pack a ton of flavor into your meat, especially in turkey. These flavored brines from Kosmos are designed to give you the best and most powerful flavor from your brine and to give you a tender piece of poultry that everyone’s going to love.

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Fry It Up and Serve It

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If you haven’t tried a deep-fried turkey, you’re missing out! There’s something about the deep frying process that gives it the perfect taste. Crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Delicious! This rig has all you need to get your turkey just right for your next big event.

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Roast It Right

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This roaster allows you to clear up some much-needed space in your jam-packed oven without sacrificing precious turkey cooking time. You can get your bird going in here while you get your green bean casserole and rolls going in your oven. It makes a tasty turkey everyone will go crazy for.

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A Must-Have Turkey Tool

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If you’re going to cook a turkey, you’ve got to have a roasting rack. There are just no two ways around it. If you don’t set the bird up on a rack before you start cooking it, the bottom of it will stay soaked in liquid and it won’t properly cook. This rack is an excellent choice to fit your needs.

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The Best Roasting Pan

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You know what I’ve never purchased in my adult life? A roasting pan! I didn’t have one until I saw this pan and thought “oh yeah, I need one of these so I don’t have to borrow my mom’s!” It’s a sturdy, heavy-duty pan that’ll last your family for years of turkey days to come.

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Give Your Bird a Good Rubbin’

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If you want a deliciously flavored turkey, you’ve got to try out this delicious blend of herbs for chicken and turkey. It’s a tasty way to add something extra to your traditional turkey setup. You could also use this in a marinade or with butter if you’re trying something different!

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Keep Your Turkey Covered

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I love this basting brush! We have two in our house right now and they’re amazing for basting thicker sauces and marinades. The rubber is heat resistant so you can feel comfortable using this on the grill or on a fresh-from-the-oven turkey. A good brush for all your brush needs!

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A Built In

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What’s better than a basting brush? A basting brush that’s built into a great sauce well! This is designed to keep your brush from covering the kitchen with sauce and to keep your sauce from spilling all over everything. It even has a handy little handle for ease of use!

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