Much like some great-tasting but underappreciated side dishes on the Thanksgiving menu (looking at you, boiled carrots), some kitchen tools and equipment are vital to preparing the meal but never quite get their due. In this installment of Ask the Test Cooks, we posed the following question to members of America’s Test Kitchen’s TV show and books team: What piece of cooking equipment is absolutely vital for Thanksgiving cooking, but not always appreciated for the role it plays? Their answers are below.
Once you have the right equipment, put it to work with our holiday recipes. Cook your best-ever Thanksgiving meal with recipes for everything from the main dish and savory sides to homemade dinner rolls and pies (plus more reviews on our favorite kitchen tools and ingredients) in our comprehensive Thanksgiving Guide.