Kitchen Think: Everything AND The Kitchen Sink

November23

This is funny. Or maybe not.

My girlfriend, Sheflisa, asked me to drop by to check out her mise en place before she started her Thanksgiving preparations. It looked like the housewares section of Bed Bath & Beyond. I don’t think anyone (except Mr. Williams of Sonoma) has such a vast private collection of kitchen tools.

Now, I’ll give her props for making sure she had everything she’ll use (that’s what mise en place is all about)… but really, do you need a plastic pop-up disposable turkey timer/thermometer AND an instant-read thermometer AND a leave-in oven-proof thermometer to cook one turkey? Talk about leaving absolutely no margin for error.

Have a look at what she set aside to make each dish. I’ve attached links to some of the more, ahem, “unique” items. How many of these will you be using this cooking season?

Turkey

Spoon and Roller Baster


Oven Liner
• Poultry Shears (for cutting off the nubby tail)
• Brining Kit
• Roasting Pan
• V-shaped rack with Turkey Lifter
• Parchment paper
• Flavor injector
• Trussing needle and string
• Plastic Bulb Baster
Spoon and Roller Baster
• Measuring cup
• Pop-up Thermometer
Instant Read Thermometer
• Oven-proof leave-in Thermometer
• Timer (yes, she already has one built into her oven)
• Cutting Board
• Serving Platter
• Slicing Knife and Fork

Gravy

Fat Separator cup
• Large Saucepan
• Measuring spoons

Pastry Mat• Whisk

• Blender (in case there are lumps in the gravy)
• Spoon
• Measuring cup
• Ladle
• Gravy Boat

Stuffing:
• Measuring cups
• Cutting Board
• Chef’s knife
• Food Chopper
• Large Dutch Oven
• Large Spoon
• Serving Dish

Mashed Potatoes
• Potato peeler
• Measuring cup

Skimmer

• Chef’s knife
• Cutting board
• Large saucepan
• Fork
• Colander
• Potato masher
Potato Ricer
• Large serving bowl
• Whisk
• Electric beater
• Serving bowl

Green Bean Casserole
• Can opener
• Colander
• Knife
• Cutting Board
• Measuring cup
• Baking dish
• Large Spoon

Cranberry Sauce
• Colander
• Saucepan

Temperature Controlled Butter Dish

• Measuring cups
• Large spoon
Skimmer
• Serving Dish

Pumpkin Pie
• Large Mixing bowl
• Measuring cups
• Pastry blender
• Measuring spoons
• Fork
Silicone Coated Pastry Mat
• Rolling Pin
• Pie Pan
• Can opener
• Medium size mixing bowl
• Pie crust shield
• Pie server

Dinner Rolls
• Baking Sheet
• Bread Basket
Temperature Controlled Butter Dish
Butter Curler

Can you believe it???

 

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.