Thanksgiving Prep with the KitchenAid® Range

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how we’ll celebrate. For my family, Thanksgiving Day is always full of food and family. The day starts early with breakfast at my parent’s house, followed by a festive lunch with my husband’s side of the family. Then, we rush back home so I can begin preparing a meal for my parents and extended family.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

The KitchenAid® 5-Burner Dual Fuel Convection Slide-In Range helps me efficently prepare a memorable, cooked-to-perfection Thanksgiving meal. Here’s how I use the special features of this appliance to prepare my family’s Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

Even-Heat™ True Convection

First up, the turkey. The Even-Heat™ True Convection ensures my turkey is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, with minimal effort on my part. I use a roasting pan to cook my turkey, and simply rub the turkey skin with oil and place fresh herbs and a few butter cubes under the skin. Covering the turkey isn’t necessary in a convection oven.

To use the convection feature, press the “Bake” button under the “Convection Oven” option on the glass control top. The EasyConvect™ Conversion takes all the guess work out of converting my grandmother’s turkey recipe over to a convection oven recipe. I simply press “1” on the control top to convert the recipe, and enter in the temperature and time listed on her recipe card.

I recommend using a meat thermometer when cooking a turkey using the convection method, or any method. While the turkey cooks, it’s time to make the sides on the cooktop

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

5 Burners

The side dishes are my favorite part of a Thanksgiving feast. My go-to side dishes are fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, balsamic Brussels sprouts with shredded cheese, steamed green beans, biscuits, and bread.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

This KitchenAid® Range allows me to prepare all of these sides (with the exception of the biscuits and bread–we’ll get to that) at the same time.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

Steam Rack

Once the turkey is done, and removed from the oven to cool, I convert the oven from convection to steam. To use this feature, press the “Steam” button on the glass control panel, followed by the number that indicates which food will be steam baked (the control panel provides a selection, ranging from bread to fish to reheating a meal). I choose the bread option to make biscuits and a loaf of bread, and then place the steam rack inside the oven and fill it with water.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

The steam creates extra moisture in the oven, causing the oven to act like a steam oven, which is perfect for making crusty breads and fluffy biscuits.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

Baking Drawer

When we remodeled our kitchen several years ago, I was set on purchasing a double oven. Unfortunately, a double oven wasn’t going to work with our kitchen layout. When I read about the KitchenAid® 5-Burner Dual Fuel Convection Slide-In Range (a slide-in range was the best option for our space), I was sold on having an extra baking compartment under the main oven – a previously wasted space. This drawer is perfect for baking a Thanksgiving pie (or galette) while the oven is busy cooking a turkey and bread.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

Once the pie is done cooking, I’m able to use this drawer as a warming compartment to keep a couple of side dishes warm, freeing up even more space on the stove-top.

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

What will you be making this Thanksgiving? And how will you make it?

Thanksgiving Preparation with a KitchenAid® Range

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*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*

FEATURED PRODUCTS

This versatile dual fuel range provides a Baking Drawer that adds more options to the oven. The separate compartment allows you to bake at a different temperature. This range features flawless cooking results from Even-Heat™ True Convection. The unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature. It also has a Wireless Probe that allows you to read internal food temperatures even when you’re away from the kitchen. Learn more

KitchenAid® 30″ 5-Burner Dual Fuel Convection Slide-In Range with Baking Drawer

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