10 Cooking Essentials You Need Before Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

As the holiday season begins, you'll want to make sure your kitchen is stocked and ready to host Thanksgiving dinner. With our list of must-have cooking essentials, you'll have everything you need to make and serve a delicious feast the whole family will enjoy.

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Turkey Roasting Pan

If your family likes to keep things a bit more traditional, then it's no surprise that turkey will be the main course at your Thanksgiving dinner. To ensure it's juicy, full of flavor, and cooked to perfection, you'll want to have this roaster on hand before the food prep starts. It's dishwasher-safe, made with nonstick carbon steel, and even comes with a removable rack to help the meat cook evenly. Pro tip: Save the excess liquid and use it to make homemade gravy for the mashed potatoes!

Buy It: Turkey Roaster, $35 (originally $40), Wayfair

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18-Piece Kitchen Tool Set

Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or it's just time to replace your old worn-out cooking utensils, look no further! This 18-piece set comes with everything you could possibly need to whip up appetizers, dressings, desserts, and so much more. The set includes everyday essentials like a spatula, slotted spoon, pasta fork, and a whisk, along with more unique items that are easy to forget about until you need them (such as: a lemon press, apple slicer, and a cheese grater).

Buy It: Kitchen Utensil Set, $190, Williams Sonoma

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Better Homes & Gardens Dinnerware Set

Fall dinnerware doesn't have to cost a fortune; instead, set your table with this 16-piece set from Walmart. For just $50 you'll receive four mugs, bowls, salad plates, and dinner plates that feature a dark speckled design that's fitting for the season. And did we mention they're made from durable stoneware that's dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and oven-safe? This set allows you to store and reheat leftovers without getting more dishes dirty—it doesn't get much better than that!

Buy It: Dinnerware Set, $50, Walmart

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Cuisinart Knife Set

Having an up-to-date, sharpened knife set can be a total game changer when it comes to meal prep. And when you add this 15-piece set to your kitchen, chopping, slicing, and dicing ingredients will be a breeze. It includes a chef, slicer, bread, santoku, utility, and paring knife along with six steak knives, shears, sharpening steel, and a wooden storage block. Not only is the knife set useful, but it'll look good on your countertop, too.

Buy It: Knife Set, $130, Crate & Barrel

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Emeril Cookware Set

High-quality cookware sets can cost more than $500, but we've found an affordable option you'll want to get your hands on before the holidays. The 11-piece set has just what you need to make anything from savory side dishes to the mouthwatering main course including a stockpot, deep sauté pan, two saucepans, two fry pans, steamer insert, and lids. Each piece is made with hard-anodized aluminum and coated with a scratch-resistant, nonstick finish.

Buy It: Cookware Set, $150, Bed Bath & Beyond

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KitchenAid Hand Mixer

Whether you use it to make smooth mashed potatoes or homemade pumpkin pie filling, this KitchenAid hand mixer is a must year round! It features nine different speeds to ensure you get the right consistency every time no matter what you're mixing. The best part? It comes complete with four attachments for kneading dough, whisking, and blending ingredients to make the most of your small kitchen appliance.

Buy It: KitchenAid Hand Mixer, $100, Sur La Table

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Oven Bakeware Set

A six-piece bakeware set for $25 is practically unheard of—until now! Thanks to Amazon you can make Thanksgiving favorites like green bean casserole and cheesy potatoes in nonstick, carbon steel pans. It even comes with a muffin pan and loaf pan so you can make homemade bread and pumpkin muffins for your guests to enjoy with the rest of the meal.

Buy It: Bakeware Set, $25, Amazon

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Cuisinart Toaster Oven

Not only is this Cuisinart toaster oven great for reheating leftovers, but it's also a seven-in-one appliance so you can say goodbye to cluttered countertops. The multiple cooking functions will allow you to toast, fry, reheat, bake, and broil your food to perfection while using less oil than traditional methods. Plus, it includes an oven rack, baking pan, and frying basket so you can use it right away.

Buy It: Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $146 (originally $200), Bed Bath & Beyond

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Silicone Oven Mitts and Pot Holder Set

Safety always comes first, which is why every host needs these silicone oven mitts and pot holders. They're made from high-quality materials like platinum-grade silicone and soft cotton—that can keep you protected up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit—and are machine washable. Available in four shades (Blueberry, Peppercorn, Maple, and Rhubarb), this set is just too stylish not to show off; Food52 even added small magnets to this innovative design so you can conveniently hang them on your fridge, dishwasher, or oven.

Buy It: Oven Mitt and Pot Holder Set, $60, Food52

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Fall Dish Towels

Is your kitchen really ready for holiday hosting without decorative dish towels? These adorable pumpkin towels come in a set of two so you can switch them out when it's time for one to be washed. They are just as stylish as they are functional and will help set the tone for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Buy It: Dish Towel Set, $17, Crate & Barrel

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