Gear Up for the Big Day
Equip Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving
Here is our roundup of the top 10 gadgets you need for Thanksgiving success, starting with a large, sturdy roasting pan. In our testing, we found you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Our favorite is the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel Roasting Pan and Rack. It's stainless steel and 16 by 13 inches, which we found to be plenty of space; it can hold up to a 20-plus-pound bird. It’s sturdy, with big handles that make it easy to hold even when it’s full of a turkey and hot drippings. It comes with its own U-shaped rack to elevate the turkey off the bottom of the pan to get perfect crispy skin all over. We’ve used this pan in the test kitchen for years and we love it for roasting all kinds of foods, all year round.
Finding a Good Oven Thermometer
by Kate Shannon
For reliable, consistent results with recipes, a good oven thermometer is critical. When we used a high-tech digital thermometer to take the temperature of five different home ovens preheated to 350 degrees, some missed the mark by as much as 50 degrees. Only a good freestanding oven thermometer can tell you what’s really going on right in the middle of the oven, where most food cooks.