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10 Must Have Utensils For Your Holiday Meal Preparation

Running a restaurant can be a lot of work. This is especially true if you decide to open and serve Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner and maybe even stay open on New Years Day!  There is much work to be done in order to be fully prepared for the dinner and not all of it involves food. You also have to ensure that your staff has the proper tools. This includes important smallwares that are used for various purposes throughout your restaurant. As you prepare for your Holiday Dinner extravaganza, you will want to ensure that you have the top ten tools of the trade.

10 Must Have Utensils For Thanksgiving Preparation

Kitchen Utensils

Many of the kitchen tools that you will use are items that your customers will never see. They are utilized in the kitchen to make cooking and serving simpler for the staff. There are many utensils that you are will be using to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, from   basting spoons to chefs knives.  However, the top tools that your staff will utilize are:

  • Pie Servers: everyone knows that Thanksgiving and Christmas Day comes with a variety of pies. Serve them easily with the right pie server.
  • Ladles: a good ladle can be used to dish out the gravy that everyone loves.
  • Spoons: many of the best side dishes require a spoon for serving.
  • Slotted Spoons: the slotted spoon allows you dish up items without unwanted juices, food particles and sauces. 
  • Butter Spreaders: this gives you the ability to spread butter on rolls, biscuits or other bread.


Not all of your important kitchen tools are things that are kept in the kitchen. Some things are out for the customers to see and use.So it is important to make sure that these items are of good quality. This is especially true with Thanksgiving Dinner. You want to give the best impression to your customers and having the right flatware is the ideal way to do that. Obviously you could choose to use plastic flatware, but to make the best impression you will want to use your finest flatware including:

  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Knives

Condiment Holders

There are a number of other tools that are used throughout the restaurant and many of them may be used throughout your Thanksgiving Dinner. You might need special pitchers or cruets for your oils and liquids. However, those are not the top condiment holders that you will use in your restaurant. When you serve your meal, you will want to have the best condiment holders to truly impress your customers. The top two condiment holders that are utilized most often are the:

While there are many other tools that you will be using throughout the preparation and the serving of your Thanksgiving Dinner, these are the top ones that you will see utilized year after year. Add to that spatulas and other kitchen utensils, gravy boats and other condiment holders, as well as the right cookware, and you are ready for your Thanksgiving Dinner.

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