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What are you using to cook your Thanksgiving meal?

I don't have much of a set-up, wondering what others are using in terms of equipment!

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  1. So far I have used a single burner induction plate with my only pot, soon I will use my only frying pan, I have put my stewed apples into a disposable aluminum dish for my crumble as I have no casserole dishes, I will do the same with the dressing. I have washed my only mixing bowl numerous times for the many jobs its needed for. I will cook my apple crumble and dressing in my combination microwave convection oven and tommorrow will reheat in the same. The turkey will be cooked in a borrowed roaster. We will be eating off paper plates with plastic utensils. I am not so well equipped either :D I do have many knives and various coffee parophanelia though.

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    1. re: TeRReT

      TeRReT, you are far more minimalist than I, put I admit to buying some of those tinfoil casserole pans "just in case." I also have a lot of knives, and myriad coffee-making "stuff."

    2. What am I using?? The better question would be what I'm NOT using... and without a dishwasher...

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        No dishwasher here either. And I just dug out a crockpot!

      2. Using disposable foil pans on Thanksgiving is a smart thing to do. I also saw several slow cookers in use at our Thanksgiving.

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        1. re: John E.

          Not to sound contrary but why waste resources like aluminum vIa disposable pans? Incredibly energy intensive to fabricate and then tossed as garbage after a single use seems much less responsible than washing out a roaster pan that once fabricated should have a useful life of 50+ years.

          1. re: ThanksVille

            I use "disposable" aluminum pans... but I put them through the dishwasher and don't dispose of them until they get holes (I test each time before use with water to see if I have any drips).

          2. I borrowed one of those three section crock-pots, to put my three vegetables in. It kept them warm for an hour and worked wonderfully. I loved not having to worry about everything being hot and serving at the same time.
            I also used an aluminum pan to roast the turkey, because I made my gravy ahead of time and froze it. No fuss at all.

            I have a galley kitchen and served a buffet, so having everything streamlined worked well.


            1. I used a Ron Popeil (of TV infomercial fame) "Showtime" rotisserie for the turkey so I could use my oven for a ham.

              1. I used all of the following:
                turkey roaster/rack
                immersion blender
                food mill
                assorted pots, pans and colanders
                assorted knives and knife sharpener
                whisks, wooden spoons and spatulas

                I ended up NOT using my crock pot, fat separator, baster or grill. All a first!

                1. We did two turkeys this year, one in the oven and one on the grill. I broke down and bought a disposable aluminum roaster for the grill turkey and two pans for the stuffing. We also had two slow cookers called into duty (mashed potatoes and corn) as well as several coolers.

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                  1. re: cleobeach

                    For Thanksgiving at my house, it's almost "all hands on deck" as far as kitchen appliances are concerned: gas grill, slow-cooker, regular oven, Breville Smart Oven, Showtime rotisserie, Presto deep fryer, Fagor pressure cooker.

                    OTOH, I didn't use my lefse griddle or my panini press... maybe next year!