Rimmed Baking Sheet
A sturdy rimmed baking sheet (also called a half sheet tray) can be used to roast a side of vegetables (such as maple-roasted brussels sprouts and carrots), bake a batch of golden flaky biscuits, or toast nuts for salads and stuffings. We love that this one has a large surface (18-by-13 inches) and cooks foods evenly. Plus, we guarantee you’ll use it all year round.
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
When it comes to creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, there’s one major no-no: using a blender or food processor to whip them. Though it may seem like a time-saver, it will result in gluey potatoes. Instead, invest in a ricer, which turns hot potatoes into a silky-smooth mash. Be sure to pass them through the ricer while they’re hot, which will keep the potatoes from becoming gummy.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.
Busy days in the kitchen call for oven mitts you can trust. We love this signature mitt from Williams Sonoma, which has a thick protective cotton terry interior. Just be sure to keep it dry—a wet mitt or dish towel won’t keep your fingers protected from the heat.
To buy: $10, williams-sonoma.com.
1-Quart Measuring Cup
Whether you’re measuring chicken stock for stuffing or milk for mashed potatoes, you’ll be thankful to have a larger liquid measuring cup on hand. We love that this easy-to-read Pyrex is microwave-safe, too.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.