Make the Best Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasting concentrates the flavor and caramelizes the exterior of root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, potatoes, onions, and turnips. Armed with our list of essential equipment—and a hot oven, of course—you’ll be swiftly on your way to roasted-vegetable success. A great place to start: Our recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables (don't miss the how-to video, either).
Make the Best Roasted Root Vegetables
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Victorinox 8" Swiss Army Fibrox Chef’s Knife

The secret to success in our recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables? For uniformly tender, caramelized results, we cut each vegetable into a specific shape and size: celery root planks, carrot sticks, parsnip disks, whole shallots, and turnip chunks. Our favorite chef's knife by Victorinox sports a “super-sharp” blade, and it retained its edge after weeks of testing. In the test kitchen, it's still the best—and a bargain—after 20 years.

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$39.95
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Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

Don’t be fooled by its featherweight design and cheap price tag. This Y-shaped peeler easily tackled every task, thanks to a razor-sharp blade and a ridged guide, which ensured a smooth ride with minimal surface drag.

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$3.50
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OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board

Our favorite bargain board sports rubber strips on both sides that keep its lightweight frame anchored to the counter—and make it reversible. It's also dishwasher-safe.

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$21.99
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Wear-Ever Half Size Heavy Duty Sheet Pan (13 gauge) by Vollrath (formerly Lincoln Foodservice)

Our winning rimmed baking sheet is heavy-duty and indispensable; we believe that every kitchen should be equipped with at least two of these kitchen workhorses. Roasting tip? Place the vegetables on a preheated baking sheet to jump-start the browning process.

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$14.99
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Wusthof Gourmet Turner/Fish Spatula

For maneuverability, surgical precision, and crisp, high-end construction, this spatula could not be beat. It supported a 4-pound brick without the slightest slip, and its sharp, gently uplifted front edge could slip under anything and hold it in place. We like to use it to stir the vegetables as they're roasting, spreading them into an even layer.

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$44.95
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Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set

Comfortable and accurate with long handles, this set nests nicely. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to sweep accurately.

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$11.95
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Amco Houseworks Professional Performance 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set

This stainless steel set measured with near-perfect accuracy and offered moderate weight, great balance, and long, level, clearly marked handles.

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$14.95
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