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Ask the Experts: What are your Must-Have Kitchen Tools for the Holidays?

Ask the Experts: What are your Must-Have Kitchen Tools for the Holidays?

Words Emily Connelly

To help make your holiday entertaining go smoothly, we asked what tools experts use and can’t live without at the holidays.

Entertaining over the holidays can be stressful; being unprepared can make things even worse. From mashing potatoes to decorating baked, here’s what the experts can’t live without.

For Mashing Potatoes

“My favorite OXO tool for the holidays is the Dough Blender with Blades. Don’t let the name fool you, it is not just for pastries. I have two of them and I use them to make my way through enough mashed potatoes to feed 20 hungry loved ones. I use it for some pretty killer sweet potato pie also; [it’s] the best way to mash up anything.”
James Kent, Executive Chef at Nomad NYC

For Decorating Baked Goods

“My favorite holiday secret weapon is the Baker’s Dusting Wand because I love the ease with which it lets me sprinkle confectioner’s sugar over my pastries and cakes. There’s a little chamber that encloses the powdered sugar and prevents it from flying all over the place giving me more control in the final presentation.”
Nik Sharma, blogger at A Brown Table

For Winter Citrus

“My favorite OXO holiday utensil is my Citrus Juicer. With all the winter citrus that brightens up the season – oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits – I use it to juice lemons for a bright, tangy tart filling, ruby grapefruits for a colorful sorbet (extra festive with a pour of Champagne over it), and limes for margaritas, which most appreciate any time of the year.”
David Lebovitz, pastry chef, cookbook author, and blogger

For Pie

“My favorite holiday secret weapon is my Pie Server. Since it’s serrated on both sides, it is perfect for both righties and lefties to serve a perfect slice of holiday pie. Also, this Silicone Basting Brush to brush egg washes on top of my holiday pies.”
Katie McDermott, cookbook author of The Art of Pie

For Peeling Veggies

“I actually use my OXO peeler all the time. It’s the only one I use because it’s so comfortable in my hand. And it’s a lifesaver when I am peeling a ton of carrots for the holidays. I even made a video about how I use the OXO Peeler and it went viral!”
Irvin Lin, cookbook author of Marbled, Swirled and Layered

For Salads

“I love a good salad, whether it’s simple or complex, and while making a simple vinaigrette is by no means difficult, I’m way more likely to make a salad if that vinaigrette is ready and waiting for me. Enter the Salad Dressing Shaker: just measure your vinaigrette ingredients directly in the container (I like to make at least a week or two’s worth at a time), close it up, and put it in the fridge. Any time you want a salad, just shake it up to emulsify, pull back the stopper, and pour it on. No mess, no sharpies, no cleaning up measuring cups, no whisks, no bowls, no problems. It’s one of those tools that just works.”
J. Kenji Lopez Alt, cookbook author & The Food Lab columnist at Serious Eats

For Making Veggie “Noodles”

“My favorite OXO product is the Spiralizer. It’s super easy to make noodles out of vegetables, which are great vehicles for sauces without adding pasta or tons of carbs to a meal. Summer squash and all of the fall vegetables—like celery root, butternut squash and carrots—are all easy to spiralize.”
Lee Wolen, Executive Chef at Boka Restaurant in Chicago

What are your kitchen must-haves during the holidays?

By Emily Connelly

Emily Connelly is part of OXO's Brand Communications team. She enjoys running, backpacking, dad jokes, and Bruce Springsteen. She once broke her wrist falling out of a doorjamb.

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