The Best Turkey Essentials
Roasting a Thanksgiving turkey is easy if you have the right equipment on hand. Stock up on these Real Simple-approved tools, then fire up the oven for our simple turkey recipe. Not sure what to do with the leftover bird? Try one of these leftover turkey recipes and you'll eat well throughout the holiday weekend.
Best Carving Board
J.K. Adams Co. Pour Spout
This solid-maple slab has a well to hold your roast in place and a trench to corral juices. The best part? A notch on the rim makes funneling all that precious liquid into your gravy a cinch.
To buy: $85 (24 by 16 by 1 inches), jkadams.com.
Best Carving Set
Sure, you can use a regular chef’s knife on the bird—if you don’t mind shredded breast meat. The long, thin blade on this Japanese steel model, on the other hand, produces clean, even pieces. And the sharp tines on the matching fork help you steady the turkey as you work.
To buy: $50, amazon.com.
This heat-resistant gadget has a screw-on bulb and a super-tight seal, giving it extra siphoning power. With its three silicone tips, this champ can handle any basting task.
To buy: $20, williams-sonoma.com.
Best Roasting Pan
Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel
Wide, roomy handles make this sturdy pan easy to maneuver—even with bulky oven mitts. If this pan is too much of a splurge, skip the less expensive (and often inferior) models and opt for aluminum disposables from the supermarket instead.
To buy: $130, zappos.com.
Best Fat Separator
This staple’s wide, heat-resistant strainer catches pesky chunks before they can get into your gravy. Just pour in pan drippings and watch the fat rise to the top. Only the delicious juices on the bottom make it out of the low-slung spout.
To buy: $15, oxo.com.