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November 7, 2017

3 Spare Items You Should Have on Hand This Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  All I have done so far is make a list so I guess I better get moving.  We host our family each year and end up with anywhere from 20-25 people.  Luckily, I can count on a few people for sides dishes and desserts.  That takes the pressure off a bit!

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Thanksgiving Table and 3 Spare Items You Need to Have on Hand

Even though each year I prepare a delicious homemade cranberry sauce, about half of my guests/family prefer the "traditional" jellied cranberry sauce in a can.  (Why?)  Last year, we almost had a "cranberry disaster" when my hand held can opener broke in half while I was trying to open a can.  Luckily, I used my amazing kitchen skills and somehow pried the can open the rest of the way.

Thanksgiving was saved.

Needless to say, the next day I bought not one, but two new can openers.  I couldn't take a chance of another cranberry emergency.  I also assessed my kitchen to see what other kitchen tools I should have in duplicate...just in case.

Here are 3 items I think you should have in duplicate this Thanksgiving or any time in the future...

Can Openers...
Can Openers - Good to own at least 2

This OXO can opener (on the left) is the one I have and recommend.  As you can see on the right in the photo, I also own a Walmart one.  I actually bought two of those in my mad rush to restock before the next disaster.  Unfortunately, one Walmart opener didn't stand up to our can opening needs and kept getting stuck.  That's when I tried the OXO one instead.  If you want to spend a little more, this electric can opener seems to be popular.  I just prefer the hand held ones because they are easier to wash.

Glass Measuring Cups...
Pyrex measuring cups - you can never have enough

With all the liquid measuring you will be probably be doing for Thanksgiving, glass measuring cups are essential.  As you can see, I actually have a few - two 1-cup measuring cups and one 2-cup measuring cup  It may seem easy enough to just wash one when you are done using it, but when you are cooking several dishes for a large crowd, it's nice to be able to just grab another clean one out of the cabinet.  This 3-piece set is also a nice option.

Potato Peelers...
Potato peelers - so helpful to have 2

Thanksgiving is not complete without mashed potatoes!  But do you know how many potatoes you have two peel for 25 people?!!  This is a job where it's nice to have a helper so two peelers are essential.  I like the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler to get the job done.  They also make a 3 Piece Peeler Set in some cute colors if you want to go crazy with them.

Speaking of cute...
A few years ago, I enlisted the help of a darling little boy.  (Don't be surprised if this picture disappears suddenly.  I am supposed to get his approval!)

If you are looking for more Thanksgiving ideas, I have a great tip to Clean Silver Without Harsh Chemicals.  Which reminds me, I need to put that on my list too...

What kitchen items to you have in duplicate...
just in case?

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Kitchen Essentials for Thanksgiving - When it's good to have a spare

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  1. I just bought a new can opener. I hate it when one quits working. Great post.

  2. Great ideas! I don't have a potato peeler, but I never peel my potatoes.

  3. In our house the three things we need to have on hand during any holiday are: Wine, Wine, and Wine. Have a great weekend, Shelley!

  4. NOOOO I'm not ready at all, just had a 60th for my MIL with 40 people. I love all your tips, thank you for sharing!

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  6. Very good advice! There's nothing like finding out that your peeler or can opener is broken in the middle of preparations when all the shops are closed. Sharing on Twitter. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party! Hope you are having a great week!

  7. Funny that you have this post up... and very timely! I was hunting through our drawer for our potato peeler and realized that the last time we had mashed potatoes (and needed a peeler) was when our daughter was still living with us ~ a year and a half ago! I never peel carrots as I eat them with their skins on so I haven't missed the peeler, until Thanksgiving afternoon this year (of course!). Thanks for a fun post!

    Barb :)


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