With only a few days left until Thanksgiving, many of us have food on the brain—which dishes we’re planning, what ingredients we need to pick up, how we’re going to use up all of that tasty turkey, etc. With all the food talk around the holidays, however, one vital piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked; what food prep tools and strategies can make the holiday meal ritual an easier and more stress-free occasion for the cook?
We gave it some thought, and here are our four best problem solvers to keep holiday food prep clean, hygienic, quick and easy:
1) Slice and Catch Fruit and Vegetable Slicer
Love cooking, but hate slicing and dicing all those fruits and vegetables? Food prep can be a time-consuming task that can leave even the most enthusiastic cook feeling uninspired. Plus, there’s always the danger of nicking a finger (or worse), especially when you’re feeling rushed. Avoid any potential kitchen mishaps with the Slice and Catch Fruit and Vegetable Slicer, a handy kitchen tool that basically slices your fruits and veggies for you! Simply press the ergonomically shaped cup down on top of the fruit or vegetable you’d like to slice, and let the built-in stainless steel blades do the rest. Reduce prep time dramatically (and safely!) with this one go-to gadget.
2) Silicone Spill Guard for Stovetop and Microwave
With all the commotion involved in coordinating holiday meals, it’s easy to overfill pots, forget about boiling water, splatter liquids in the microwave or generally make a mess of your stovetop. With the Silicone Spill Guard for Stovetop and Microwave, however, you can rest assured that this unique dish-shaped spill guard will prevent boiling over and splattering by “catching” any bubbling liquid before it ends up everywhere. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe to help minimize post-Thanksgiving dinner cleanup, giving you more time to kick back with a slice of pumpkin pie and snuggle with loved ones.
3) 3-Tier Oven Casserole Baking Rack
When you’re catering to a large crowd, it can be difficult to find the resources to prepare a large number of dishes quickly and efficiently. The 3-Tier Oven Casserole Baking Rack, however, was designed specifically for this purpose! This ingenious baking solution accommodates three tiers of heavy casserole dishes in your oven, and still leaves you enough room for a large roasting pan. Now you can roast your turkey and your sides all at once—cutting hours off prep time! Relax and watch the game or the parade with family, and rest assured your turkey and sides will all be ready in time.
4) Vacu Vin Trivet Rings, Six-Pack
Like a game of Tetris, organizing a number of piping-hot pots, pans and serving dishes can be challenging—especially if trivets are in short supply. These six small, versatile trivet rings are a perfect solution to bring out for big holiday meals (or all year long!) to protect table and counter surfaces. Simply arrange the Vacu Vin Trivet Rings in the required shape and safely support any pan or dish—no matter its size! Plus, when the meal is over, the rings stack and click easily and compactly out of the way, taking up minimal space. Use them for both special and everyday occasions, and you’ll never rely on towels or other makeshift solutions again.
A stress-free Thanksgiving? Add that to the list of things we’re grateful for!
These (and many more!) versatile, food prep problem solvers can all be found in our Kitchen Solutions collection.