Kitchen Tools and Festive Extras You Need for a Happy Thanksgiving
This year, we’re thankful for all the usual things: our families, our health, our Netflix subscriptions. And, of course, the meal soon to be set before us—made better by all manner of useful devices, from an otherworldly potato masher to wine that pairs really well with…seeing your extended family for the first time since 2019. Come to think of it, we’d like to give thanks for those things, too.
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Viking Hard Anodized Nonstick Roaster, Terra Bella Local
Thanksgiving faux pas number one—besides bringing up the midterm elections in the buffet line—is making it too far into November without nabbing a heavy-duty roaster. If you’ve got a hen with any heft, using one of those last-minute disposable options will feel like mashing potatoes with a toddler fork. This one has you covered up to 25 pounds and comes with the tools you need for carving.
EH Works Canvas Apron, Flora and Henri Local
EH stands for Erica Hanson, whose Seattle-manufactured aprons and accessories are as simple and functional as they are good-looking. Seriously—we’ve seen people look cute in aprons before, but cool feels like a designation reserved for this sturdy canvas number. Which makes it ideal for anyone too distracted by the prospect of stuffing to remember to take the apron off for dinner.
Le Creuset Pumpkin Pie Dish with Lid, Sur la Table Local
If your TikTok For You page looks anything like ours, it’s been a parade of gourd-themed cooking vessels since approximately August 30 (if Starbucks can get lost in the pumpkin sauce while it’s still 80+ degrees outside, so can we). Le Creuset’s, in classic French fashion, proved most covetable. Even if you’re not recording it for likes and posterity, it’s hard to imagine a holiday scene quite like lifting this glazed enamel lid to reveal the perfect pie.
Turkey Stuffing Bags, Terra Bella Local
Stuffing is a little like sausage: The squeamish among us have no interest in hearing how it was made. These mesh bags allow your dressing to soak up flavor from the turkey juices (honestly, there has to be a less disturbing way to say that) while making the removal process less, ahem, graphic. And for seasoned chefs unbothered by the prospect of digging bread out of a bird: This way, you won’t waste any of the good stuff.
Pints of the Month: Thanksgiving Series, Salt and Straw
Salt and Straw’s Thanksgiving flavors—yes, one contains actual turkey—test the limits of the long-held belief that dessert is stored in a separate stomach. Head to one of the Portland-based ice creamery’s Seattle locations to try a scoop, or order the whole meal deal online to subject unwitting family members to the taste test. Though you might want to keep the pint of Parker House rolls with salted buttercream to yourself.
Le Creuset Heritage Gravy Boat, Terra Bella Local
Gravy: brown, definitely, especially on Thanksgiving. Gravy boat: white. Or maybe Caribbean. Or perhaps Cerise. Whichever color you pick, a bona fide gravy boat—as opposed to, say, the measuring cup you were going to frantically yank out of the cabinet—brings an elevated element of tradition to the table. If you regularly host Thanksgiving, it’s a must.
Laurel White Wine Glasses, Viski Local
$27.99 for two
Whether you’re simply not a wine drinker, or simply a wine drinker who needs more wine glasses, Thanksgiving is the occasion to stock that bar cabinet: Even those with a preference for lagers are likely to eschew brew in the name of tradition.
World’s Greatest Potato Masher, Terra Bella Local
This spring-loaded, two-in-one instrument efficiently pulverizes potatoes beyond recognition—if the topic of chunky-versus-smooth causes tension at your dinner table, scroll on.
Sparkling Rosé, Princess and Bear Local
When you think of Thanksgiving wine, you probably think of poultry’s traditional white wine pairing, or a festive red—but the folks at South Park wine shop Princess and Bear recommend serving this sparkling rosé from its private label. It’s “substantial enough to hold up to a meal,” but really shines alongside “fruit pies slathered with whipped cream.”
Trickster Playing Cards Exclusive Edition, Flora and Henri Local
Cards provide an ideal (and tryptophan-friendly) post-dinner diversion. This deck features hand-designed art from Tlingit artist Rico Worl, cofounder of Trickster, a company that strives to promote Indigenous design through “products that non-Native people can wear and appreciate without appropriating”—an especially worthy cause on a day when the true history of colonialism is often grossly misrepresented.
Lift Trivet, Fruitsuper Local
Don’t disrespect your carefully chosen cookware by displaying it atop singed oven mitts. This simple, Seattle-designed trivet from Fruitsuper protects surfaces from calamities real and aesthetic, and it still looks good on the table long after the dishes are done.
Le Creuset 9-Quart Signature Round Dutch Oven, Terra Bella Local
Ideally, you’d have a cooking pot in every size Le Creuset has to offer. But for those with a crowd to cook for (and without Mary Poppins cabinets), the extra-large nine-quart provides holiday peace of mind: Just about anything you could think to make will fit with room to spare.
Pro Leave-In Meat Thermometer, Terra Bella Local
It’s a simple suggestion, but a crucial one: Don’t undercook the bird.