These handy finds will help you cook and carve your Turkey Day bird to perfection.
Gift registry–style carving knives look spiffy, but their dull blades make you saw furiously, mangling the turkey and squeezing out precious juice. But high-quality, razor-sharp slicers make carving effortless and yield Instagram-worthy turkey slices. We like these three:
Western-style Wüsthof Classic Ikon features an easy-to-wield 8-inch blade ($160, amazon.com).
Shun Classic Hollow-Ground Slicer with swirled Damascus steel is handsome and glides through meat ($150, amazon.com).
Dexter Russell Sashimi Knife sports a precise foot-long blade at a tasty price ($44, amazon.com).
If your kitchen knives are anything like ours, they’re probably overdue for a sharpening. With these tools, it’s quick and easy to make them like new again.
Chef’s Choice Trizor XV
A three-stage machine that sharpens both straight and serrated blades in a minute flat; resharpening takes about 15 seconds. A smart investment for maintaining expensive, high-quality knives. ($210, amazon.com)
KitchenIQ Edge Grip Sharpener
The 50009 Edge Grip sets up on the end of a table or counter so you can manually run blades through two sharpening stages (coarse and fine). Although it’s not a powered sharpener, just a few pulls through each slot does the trick. Portable and easy to store at only 5 inches long, it comes in black, red, and green. ($6, amazon.com)
Check the Temp
A good thermometer takes guesswork out of turkey roasting. The Meater wireless thermometer goes beyond good—it’s great. The probe (complete with stylish wood-block charger) sends info to your smartphone to monitor turkey temp as it roasts, estimates remaining time, and alerts you when it’s done. ($69, amazon.com)