Wield your Thanksgiving duties like a Jedi

These four gadgets could ease your hosting burden this Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and if you're the one hosting this year's dinner (like I am), it's coming at light speed. While I look forward to spending time with the family and musing over what we're thankful for, I'd be thankful to have the help of at least one of these gadgets.

Sanitizing wand: Though I'm not a germaphobe, I've heard one too many salmonella and e-coli stories. This CleanWave Sanitizing Wand actually gets rid of bacteria, germs, and dust mites. Dust mites?! After de-germing my cutting boards, countertops, and towels, I can actually use it on my bed sheets, sofas, and anything with a surface. Hello, sanitation!

The Verilux sanitizing wand might bring out the Jedi in you. Veriliux

Oil-less turkey fryer: As the 'rents get older, they're also getting more cautious of oil, fats, and everything in between. The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer actually uses infrared technology to "fry" your turkey, giving it a deep-fried effect. I know my guests will appreciate it, and so will I--here's hoping it still has that "fried" taste.

Digital remote thermometer: If you're more of an old-fashioned chef, check out this thermometer. After placing it in the turkey, you can roam around your house with a clip-on receiver that will alert you when your turkey is done. With all the dishes to prepare, phone calls to answer, and premature food grazers to discourage, this could mean one less thing to keep track of. It also doubles as a kitchen timer--just don't confuse it with the baby monitor on your other hip.

Food tumbler: I'm a last-minute kind of chef, so marinating is definitely not my forte. My Ziploc bag method usually ends up with a sadly marinated piece of meat. The Eastman Food Tumbler actually marinates any meat in 10 to 15 minutes, and it's even large enough to accommodate a whole chicken (or a really small turkey). Careful though; it's nearly 20 pounds and demands a whole cabinet for storage.

What about you? Which gadgets will you lean on to help you through this holiday season?

About the author

Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.

 

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