The holidays are right around the corner. If you’re playing the role of host for this season’s festive meals, look no further than this list for a rundown of some of the cool kitchen gadgets you could be using over the next few weeks – and possibly all year-round too!
Did you know that the secret to a moist and beautiful golden-skinned turkey is to cook it in its own juices? Now you do. The Kaycrown baster has a silicone bulb (which is heat resistant up to 450°F) and provides powerful suction to suck up all the meat’s juices, fats, or gravy from the roasting pan without mess. Differentiating itself from others on the market, this one has dual measurement markings that make it convenient for you to read the capacity on the clear tube. The set also includes two injector needles that can be screwed on as attachments to the baster to penetrate the meat and directly impart marinades so that every bite of your bird is full of flavor.
Your holiday baking needs have finally met their match: the 5-qt capacity of the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer’s stainless-steel bowl can mix up to nine dozen cookies in a single batch. (Santa and his helpers won’t be going hungry this year!) Easily add ingredients with the tilt-head design; you’ll have better access to the bowl when adding ingredients or attaching one of the many included accessories. Just lock the head back in place before mixing. Equipped with 10 speeds for any and every recipe, choose a low setting like speed 2 for folding chocolate chips into your muffin mix and setting 8 for chipping cream or mashed potatoes. Either way, you’ll get thorough ingredient incorporation every time.
Mastering the art of mixology requires extensive training, but why not simplify the process with a device designed to craft cocktails on your behalf? Impress your guests with the bev by Black & Decker, a useful cocktail-making machine that connects to five 750-milliliter bottles without requiring any decanting. Load one of the cocktail capsules (sold separately) that contain real juices, extracts and bitters, select the drink strength and press the mix button – then sit back while your robot bartender gets to work! The bev only weighs about 17 pounds and sits 18-inches tall, so it can fit on almost any kitchen countertop or bar cart.
A meat thermometer is a crucial holiday kitchen tool because it takes the guesswork out of cooking a perfectly tender turkey or roast. The MEATER+ uses a Bluetooth Repeater that extends its range up to 165 ft, offering you peace of mind if you are tending to another area of the kitchen. Simply check in on your phone through the app and have it alert you at a designated temperature. It features two sensors in one probe: one to measure the internal temperature of your meat (up to 212 F), and the other to measure the ambient temperature of the grill or cooker (up to 527 F). Make sure you handle the hot probe with care and wash it thoroughly after every use.
No more tedious chopping—quickly and directly cut onions, parsley rosemary and leek for your pizzas, casseroles and soups this holiday season. These herb scissors have a five-blade design that increases your productivity by four times; and with a non-slip handle plus soft rubber construction, you can ensure a comfortable grip. Each herb length is always uniform so whether it’s being used in a marinade or to garnish a dish, it will look presentable. It’s recommended to clean the scissors with the included comb after each use and wipe it dry before covering them with the protective sheath for storage.