Must-Have Items for Thanksgiving Dinner

The Marketing Department at Organize-It has taken it upon ourselves to create an all-encompassing Thanksgiving Pinterest board full of recipe ideas and our favorite meal preparation and serving products.  While we love all of our entertaining products, here’s a few of our favorites that will definitely come in handy on your day of thanks:

 

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without turkey, and this Scrollwork Oval Serving Tray is a beautiful way to present your main dish to your guests.  Made from recycled, food-safe metal, this serving platter will not rust, crack or break and is backed by a manufacturer warranty.

 

Speaking of turkey, this Prepara Roasting Laurel is a great cooking accessory that will help better cook your turkey, roast or other large cuts of meat.  A great addition to your existing roasting pan, this roasting laurel prevents your meat from sitting in its juices and creates better air circulation for even cooking.

If you’re looking for the perfect pan for preparing your bird, consider this 16.5 Inch Stainless Steel Deep Roasting Pan.  Coming with a removable stainless steel basting grill and V-shaped roasting rack, this roasting pan measures 16.5 inches wide, with a depth of 14.25 inches and a height of 3.75 inches.

Who has turkey without gravy?  That’s like celebrating Independence Day without fireworks!  This Metal Gravy Boat holds a large amount of yummy gravy and has a large handle for easy pouring and passing.

This Fleur de Lis Collection 4 Piece Hostess Serveware is an elegant way for your guests to dole out all of their delicious turkey and side dishes. Coming with a serving spoon, slotted spoon, meat fork, and sauce ladle, this serveware set is made from 18/10 stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.

Whether they’re used for appetizers or desserts, these Ceramic Buffet Trays are a fancy way for guests to help themselves.   Available in a set of three, these serving trays are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.  The metal stands in the photo above are shown in a satin finish but are also available in bronze and chrome.

Product Round-Up: Organize-It’s Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Catalog

Just recently released in time for the holiday season, Organize-It’s Fall 2013/Winter 2014 catalog is chock full of wonderful kitchen gadgets perfect for preparing holiday meals and baked goods.  In honor of its release, here’s a list of some of the Marketing Department’s favorite products from the catalog.  To check out this catalog in full, go to http://www.organizeit.com/catalog-turner.asp

 

This Expandable Cooling Rack is the perfect baking tool for someone who makes dozens and dozens of holiday cookies.  A great gift for the baker in your life, this cooling rack expands from 14 inches wide to 35 inches wide and collapses to 14 inches x 13 3/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches so it can be easy stored in the most narrow of spaces.

 

Speaking of easy storage, if you’re looking for a mixing bowl set that won’t take up much space, look no further than the OXO 9-Piece Nesting Bowls and Colanders Set.  This set comes with three bowls in 1.5, 3 and 5.5 quart sizes, in addition to three colanders in 1, 3 and 5 quart sizes.  To round out the set, each bowl comes with a clear lid that allows you to easily take food from the table and store it in the refrigerator.  All pieces of this nesting bowl set are dishwasher safe and BPA free.

In the world of kitchen appliances, high-end blenders are all the rage!  Whether you are trying to eat better or simply want to reduce kitchen clutter, this Blendtec Designer Series Blender with WildSide Jar does the work of 12 different kitchen appliances.  With its powerful 1560 Watt motor, this blender can act as a whole juicer, food processor, bread mixer, grain mill, stick blender, ice cream maker, hand mixer, hot soup maker, ice crusher, coffee grinder, milkshake maker and latte machine.

Know someone clumsy?  The Mighty Mug might make for a great stocking stuffer gift.  This coffee mug has a specially designed suction coaster that prevents the mug from easily tipping over.  Available in four different colors, this travel mug can hold up to 16 ounces of your favorite hot or cold beverage and is made from BPA free, biodegradable plastic.

The Chop N’ Clear Cutting Board is a wonderfully designed product that helps make meal prep a snap.  Made from thick BPA-free polypropylene, this cutting board comes equipped with two removable pull-out drawers that allow you  to store chopped food, making more room on your cutting board and creating a tray to easily transport chopped ingredients to your skillet or baking dish.

We’d be lying if we said that this Woll Concept Plus Covered Pot wasn’t one of our favorite items currently in stock.  Recently added to OrganizeIt.com, this covered pot has a 5.25 quart capacity and recently won the 2013 International Housewares Association Innovation Award for cookware and bakeware.   This covered pot comes with a collapsible silicone cooking insert that can be used to steam vegetables or cook pasta. Heat resistant up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit/260 degrees Celsius, this silicone steamer can also be used as a splatter guard, colander or cool mat when your pot comes off the range.  One of the most unique features of this Woll covered pot is the multi-functional lid. Made from glass, the lid is lined in silicone and can be placed in three different positions: flat, to keep heat in the pot; raised, to let out extra steam or to pour out excess liquid; and locked in the handle, which elevates the lid allowing you to stir the pot’s contents.

This Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer is so fancy it’ll make James Bond jealous.  Holding up to 18 ounces of your favorite mixed drink, this cocktail shaker mixes your libation with just a touch of a button.

How to Organize Your China

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are falling…autumn has definitely arrived.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am going to give you some tips for organizing your china.  Whether you use china or other dinnerware, these tips will apply to any dishes that you use on an occasional basis.

First, you need to decide how to store them.  There are some great china storage sets available that allow you to safely protect, store and organize your dishes.  Most sets include quilted, breathable containers with zipper closures to keep them free of dust and bugs.  They also come with cushioned plate dividers to prevent chips.  You can purchase a set that includes containers for plates as well as serving pieces or individual containers to expand an existing set.

Next, you need to decide where to store them.  A china cabinet is a great storage spot, but many people don’t have this piece of furniture in their homes.  Alternative storage locations include upper shelving in your pantry or basement.  By keeping them up high, they are less likely to get broken, and it opens up middle shelves for items that you use more frequently.  If you take the time to organize and protect your dinnerware, you will find your holidays easier and more enjoyable, and you will protect you collection for years to come.

 

Donna Lindley, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Rochester Hills, MI-based Organize Your World, Inc.