Monday, November 19

10 Kitchen Supplies To Make The Holidays Easier


If you don’t have the basics for cooking a holiday dinner, you should probably head to Target and buy yourself some kitchen basics that won't break the bank. Before heading out, check my list of 10 things to look for to make Thanksgiving and Christmas a bit easier. In my opinion.....

ROASTING PAN
Roasting pans can retail for up to $200.00. If the only time you'll use it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, then you can make do with a less expensive version. In fact small turkeys can fit nicely in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. You can also use a disposable aluminum tray on top of a large cookie tray for extra support and ease of movement. Check the options for your specific needs.

PIE WEIGHTS
Pie weights are ceramic balls that are used to prevent bubbling in pre-baked crusts. If your recipe calls for them, you can find them on the baking isle. 

GRAVY BOAT
Fancy dinnerware is a sight to behold, but if you're making a fantastic meal, your guests are more likely to remember the meal than what it was served in. Splurge on some nice plates if you need them, but find an inexpensive gravy boat and spend the extra money on good ingredients.

TURKEY BASTER
A turkey baster makes the job of keeping your bird moist a little easier.

ROLLING PIN
If you're a frequent baker, you probably already own one of these; if not, you can find them on the baking isle.

GLASSES GALORE
Here at our house we don't drink wine; our drink of choice is the 'house wine' of the south...iced tea! However if you'll be drinking lots of wine, you might wish you had wine glasses. Check out the dollar store for inexpensive choices - seriously.

APPLE CORER
Apple corers aren't expensive and come in handy when baking a homemade apple pie.

FLAVOR INJECTOR
Injecting a little extra flavor and fat into your bird will turn out one flavorful turkey. You can find these inexpensively at Target.

FAT SEPARATOR
Spooning fat out of bowl of meat juices isn't my favorite pastime. Skim fat from liquid easily with a fat separator, keeping your gravy flavorful without all of the extra fat.

POTATO RICER or MASHER
You may prefer perfectly-mashed potatoes, but here at the P's house we like them a little lumpy. If you insist on smooth mashed potatoes, go for the ricer, if not a simple potato masher will do. You can also use an electronic mixer to whip your potatoes into shape.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S BETTER TO SAVE YOURSELF A LITTLE  MONEY

WITH A LESS EXPENSIVE KITCHEN GADGET CHOICE. IN FACT, YOU CAN ENJOY
MAKING A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY MEAL WITH TOOLS YOU ALREADY
OWN. EVALUATE WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND BEFORE HEADING TO THE
STORE, YOU'LL BE GLAD YA DID!

ENJOY!

~THE DOMESTIC CURATOR~
RONDA

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