10 Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Holidays

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I LOVE the Holidays! I can’t tell you how much time I have already spent thinking of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and all they delicious food I am going to cook. Not to mention all of my loved ones being around the table together with me. There is something almost magical about those moments spent around the dinner table. I am SOOOO EXCITED!!! And of course, I LOVE to cook! I wanted to share with you my 10 Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Holidays this year. I couldn’t work my magic in the kitchen without them. 

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1. A Slow Cooker (or two) I use my slow cookers to keep side dishes warm or cook a whole HAM in the crockpot! My stovetop and oven space is limited. The slow cookers free up space so I can make my giant feast even bigger. I make my mashed potatoes on the stove top and then put them in the slow cooker on warm with lots of butter melting on top! The locking lid is a bonus for those of you taking a dish on the road to a friend or families house.


2. Baking Sheet Pan I absolutely love my half sheet baking pan. It is perfect of course for baking cookies. But there are a thousand other ways to use it. Bake your pies sitting on this sheet pan to catch the bubbled over sauce. Place a pan beneath your casseroles to catch any drips and splatters. Make these AMAZING Pumpkin Spice Bars using this sheet pan. So many things to cook!

3. Stackable Cooling Rack I love this space saving tool. You can cool multiple things at once and keep them off your precious counter space. If you are like me, you are very protective of the very little counter space you posses. These stacking cooling racks are perfect for the holidays.

4. Large Glass Measuring Bowl I have three of these babies and I use them the entire day of Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays! I love them because I can easily measure large quantities, use them as mixing bowls, they can go in the microwave and keep things fresh in the fridge. Grab at least one of these, although I would totally recommend two or three in your cupboard.

5. Food Mill If you want the creamiest and most amazing mashed potatoes for your feast…You need to grab a food mill! (I learned this from watching Food Network while pregnant and on bedrest.) The food mill isn’t just for mashed potatoes. You can use it for creamy soups, making applesauce, and so much more!

6. Roasting Pan If you want to have an amazing Turkey or Prime Rib for your holiday dinner you need a good roasting pan. I really like the roasting pans that come with the roasting rack already fitted and ready to hold up your big bird. Getting the bird up on the rack makes such a difference in cooking and flavor. 

7. Baster The secret to moist and flavorful meat is basting. I am convinced that basting your meat consistently throughout the cooking process will give you well cooked and moist main course. I love my baster. This one is especially my favorite because it come with a cleaning brush. It can be a bit difficult to get in all those small areas of the baster to clean.

8. Meat Thermometer There is nothing worse than raw meat at your big holiday dinner! I have a horror story that I will refrain from sharing at the moment… But to avoid embarrassment and disaster, grab yourself a good meat thermometer and make sure everything is cooked to perfection and not overdone or undercooked.

9. Cute Apron Let’s face it. I will be spending most of the day wearing an apron. But that’s okay. I have a very cute (and might I even add a bit adorable) apron! There is absolutely no reason to have splatters all over your nice clothes. Put on a cute or fun apron and cook away… And look good doing it!

10. Wooden Cutting Board I love my wood cutting boards! They are so versatile. Obviously, they are perfect for chopping veggies and helping with all my prep work. But I love serving things on them. Our newest favorite appetizer is a meat and cheese platter. I love the way these cutting boards look as serving trays and they are perfect for slicing foods directly on.

BONUS: Portable Speaker for Holiday Tunes For me, the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without some holiday music! I love our JBL portable speaker. It hooks right into my phone and bonus… It charges my phone too!

I hope your holidays are a magical and memorable time with family and friends. And of course, EXTREMELY YUMMY!!!!!

Happy Holiday Eating!
Keikilani

Ps. What are your MUST HAVE kitchen tools for the holidays? 

32 thoughts on “10 Must Have Kitchen Tools for the Holidays

  • November 9, 2015 at 2:08 am
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    I agree with all of these things! I love that apron. It is super cute. I have a bazillion aprons but NONE of them are cute.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:57 am
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    I only have a slow cooker! i bought it last year. I’ve only used it a handful of times but the meals have come out yummy 🙂 so I’d say that’s a win.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    Yes, to all of these. I could not get through the holidays without them. I use my slow cooker a lot this time of year.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 8:12 am
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    I really need a stackable cooling rack. I have two cats and can not put things on the window sill to cool anymore.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 10:30 am
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    I host Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I do tons of cooking and baking over the holidays!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm
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    I need to pick up one of those stackable cooling racks! We tend to do a lot of baking during the holiday season and I never have enough room on the one I have now. Thanks for the reminder on the meat thermometer…our last one broke and it was a little iffy at Thanksgiving to make sure our turkey was cooked.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    This is a great list of kitchen must-haves especially if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner! I love the idea of including a portable bluetooth speaker so that you can get in the holiday spirit with some music while you’re slaving away in the kitchen! lol

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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    My baking sheet gets lots of use during the holidays. I am always baking

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  • November 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm
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    I host Thanksgiving so these are definitely needed. You reminded me a need a new meat thermometer.

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  • November 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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    Great list. I couldn’t live without my slow cooker. I also don’t think you can enough cutting boards. Thanks for sharing!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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    This is such a great list! I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time at my home this year and I need to pick up a few of these. That stackable baking rack is especially awesome!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm
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    I’m usually not the one playing hostess during the holidays, although that apron is cute enough to make me reconsider hosting a holiday party at our place! 🙂

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  • November 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm
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    I agree these are must have!! I love my crockpot in the winter!!! The only thing I don’t have from this list is the speaker – but I’m working on it!

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  • November 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm
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    I love my crockpot lately. I love those stackable cooling racks too.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 12:37 am
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    I have that JBL speaker and it works great. We use it to blast christmas carols … after Thanksgiviing of course … from my iphone play list. Isn’t bluetooth tech awesome!

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  • November 10, 2015 at 1:46 am
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    These are all great things to have especially during this festive season. I really need a baster , sheet pan and a slow cooker

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  • November 10, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    These are all great tool recommendations! I wouldn’t be able to live without my slow cooker! I use that and my sheet pan the most!

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  • November 10, 2015 at 3:02 am
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    I had no idea what a food mill was. Seriously want one, however, I hate my wooden cooking boards though. We are trashing ours and getting some that are dishwasher safe

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  • November 10, 2015 at 4:53 am
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    These are great kitchen tool picks. I do a lot of baking during the holidays and could use that stackable cooling rack.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 5:48 am
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    I am notorious for making a mess and burning things in the kitchen – I am sharing this post with my spouse and want that apron!

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  • November 10, 2015 at 5:52 am
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    I have all of the first items on the list but none of the last items. I need lots of measuring spoons and cups so that I’m not having to constantly wash dishes as I go!

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  • November 10, 2015 at 9:47 am
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    I really do love a slow cooker for holiday prep. It’s perfect for cold weather too, when you want something hearty and homecooked but you want it fast.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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    Those ALL look like great kitchen must have’s. I love my crockpot – must for all year!

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  • November 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm
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    I love my crockpot. I’m not a fan of cooking, but I love pumping the jams while making food.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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    I would love to have them all at my kitchen too. Will put them in great use this Holiday season.

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