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Anyone who hosts Thanksgiving dinner has likely experienced the low-level panic of having to produce the perfect turkey—one that’s browned to a crisp on the outside and irresistibly juicy on the inside. You frantically research recipes, watch YouTube tutorials and hope this will be the Thanksgiving you’ll master the art of cooking and carving a world-class bird. For something you make only once a year, that sure is a lot of pressure.
One way to ease the pain is to invest in some tried-and-true tools, and Amazon has your back with not one, not two, but three Daily Deals to up your turkey game this Thanksgiving, including a Calphalon roasting pan for 35 percent off, Farberware turkey baster for 33 percent off, Mercer carving set for 41 percent off, and more of the items pros use to get their turkeys just right—all on massive sale. But you must hurry — the sale is just for today (though if you want to get everything in time for next week’s feast, you should probably get these ASAP, anyway).
The first step is to retire those flimsy tin sheets and upgrade to a real-deal roasting pan—and this sturdy piece of cookware is 35 percent off today. It’s made of medium-gauge hard-anodized aluminum that’s built to conduct heat evenly. An elevated nonstick rack makes sure the bird browns evenly, too, while letting fats and juices drip down.
“Could make some serious roast beast in this thing,” said one reviewer who proudly noted that the pan “swallowed a 13 pound Turkey like a Cornish hen.”
“I'm not a great cook by any stretch, but having the right tools makes any job easier,” writes another satisfied customer. “This roasting pan is a case in point...well-constructed from top-notch materials (like everything Calphalon seems to sell). You can probably buy something cheaper but you get what you pay for—take care of it and it'll last a lifetime.”
One shopper managed to roast a 22-pound turkey in this formidable pan, and says the non-stick coating was a major plus because of “very easy cleanup.” A like-minded shopper called the pan “super easy to clean in and out of the dishwasher, and extremely affordable for the novice or experienced chef.”
Shop it: Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized 16-Inch Roasting Pan with Nonstick Rack, $45 (was $70)
With only four- and five-star reviews, this turkey baster practically has its own fan club—and today, “membership” is just $8 a pop. The major selling points are superior suction and a brush attachment that lets you spread all that juicy goodness around. It’s also super easy to clean, which is a theme for most Amazon reviewers trying to tackle their post-Thanksgiving mess and rejoin the celebration as quickly as possible.
“Can we talk about the ingenious idea of selling a baster and a cleaner pipe that stores inside the thing when not in use?! And that it actually works and is not flimsy!” asks one astonished reviewer.
“This is SO much better than the old, plain baster (without the built-in brush). It is not as messy and easier to control where the juices are going when you are basting. I wish I had one of these years ago,” said another.
A third admitted that this tool undid their deep-seated resentment for turkey basters, writing, “I have always hated basters, but they are a necessary evil. This one really makes a difference. I find that it works better and easier [and] is surprisingly easy to clean.” So there you have it. This baster is clearly changing lives already.
So you’ve managed to outdo yourself this Thanksgiving with delectable turkey of your dreams. Now set yourself up for serving success with a professional-quality, ergonomic carving set. This one by Mercer—a brand that cooking academies rely on—is 41% off today, and comes with an 8-inch carving knife, 6-inch carving fork, kitchen shears, and its own storage roll for safekeeping.
“If you do not own a set of these...well you are missing out,” one reviewer says bluntly. “You are getting high quality at a low price. Very sharp. Hold edge well but also pretty easy to sharpen,” adds another.
A self-proclaimed “professional chef and restaurateur” and “knife snob” even weighed in with some pretty convincing praise. “I was about to plunk down about eight hundred for a set of Wusthof or Henkels knives because that's what one does to get fine, forged, German cutlery, right?,” they wrote.
“Well, I began reading about several brands of knives and Mercer caught my eye...They're made from the same fine, forged German steel as the old standards. They have solid handles, full tangs and only partial bolsters.”
“Well, let me tell you. Although I only have them a short time, they have performed flawlessly in every task I have thrown at them and they hold a razor sharp edge. Don't be afraid to snare a set before somebody smartens up and raises the price!”
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