Turkey Time: Having the Right Kitchen Tools Makes Thanksgiving Prep a Breeze

Happy Thanksgiving week! As everyone prepares to enjoy the holiday, we’d like to salute those that will be preparing the Thanksgiving meal this year. Whether at home or at a restaurant, it’s no small task to create such a large meal to satisfy several guests. You will want to make sure you have the right kitchen tools to create a feast that everyone will be thankful for. Central is here to help! Let’s take a look at the Thanksgiving tools of the trade.


For a majority of Americans, the main event is good ol’ Tom Turkey. Of course, there’s a lot that goes into preparing such a big bird. First of all, you’ll need a good roasting pan. We carry heavy duty roasting pans to fit any sized bird. Check out Central’s large supply of roasting pans here.

Of course, you shouldn’t serve undercooked turkey (unless you want to ensure never to host Thanksgiving again). Make sure your turkey is cooked to a safe temperature by using a cooking thermometer. Dial thermometers are okay, and will get the job done. Digital thermometers, however, will give you more accuracy. Some models, like this one from our Value Series, is ideal for checking temps in ovens and holding cabinets.

Once the turkey is done, it’s time to carve. You’ll want a sturdy cutting board, to start. Central offers poly cutting boards with non-slip grips, or if you’re more traditional, wooden cutting boards from John Boos are in stock and ready to ship. If you are new to carving, check out this helpful blog from Serious Eats on how to carve turkey. The best tool to carve with is either a chef’s knife or a carving knife. Ensure your knife is sharp with our wide array of commercial knife sharpeners.

Side Dishes and Dessert

Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

A turkey is only as good as its supporting cast. From dressing and green bean casserole to cranberry salad and pumpkin pie, whatever you decide to serve up as side dishes and dessert for Thanksgiving deserves the proper preparation and presentation.

At my family’s house, one of our favorite sides is mashed potatoes. If you want really whippy potatoes, check out our immersion blenders. They will create silky smooth mashed potatoes in seconds. If you’re a little more old school, then yes, we do carry potato mashers. It takes a little more elbow grease, but your potatoes will have a thicker consistency to them, perfect for holding gravy. Speaking of which, if you don’t have a gravy boat already, you need to get on that, stat! It adds a little bit of class to the act of slathering your plate in delicious, delicious gravy.

What’s for dessert? Anything you want, as Central’s selection of bakery equipment will help you make almost any dessert you desire. Choose from cake and pie pans, specialty pans and more. Need to add a flourish? Our selection of cream whippers will help add the perfect dollop of whipped cream to your pies, and our pastry bags and tips help make a decorative touch sure to please.

Finally, you’ll need to have something nice to serve everything on. Central has you covered, from serving platters for your meats to china and melamine dinnerware for each guest to load their meal onto.

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We hope you have a great and festive Thanksgiving! If you need anything before Thursday (and beyond), Central is here to help. Click here to shop now. We have several items in stock and ready to ship today if ordered by 5 p.m. EST. You can also contact one of our Product Consultants at 800-215-9293 with any questions you may have about how to winterize your truck’s cooking equipment. Live chat is also available!

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About Cody Bell

Cody Bell is a Content Specialist for Central Restaurant Products, a foodservice equipment and supply distributor in Indianapolis. Cody writes for the catalog, website and blog. He interacts with Central's customers each day through Central's Pinterest account. Each year, Cody attends the National Restaurant Association Show. In addition, Cody has attended Vollrath University and the NAFEM Show.

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