Tools aren’t just good on a job site – they’re super handy in the kitchen too. But not just for kitchen remodels – you can use them to prepare your meals. There’s no better day for this than on Thanksgiving! Here are some ways that we’ve seen craftsmen using their power tools for turkey time:
You probably use the air compressor most often to clean off sawdust from your woodworking table – but it’s also handy on turkey day too! If you like crispy skin without dry meat, you’re gonna love this trick. After you clear out the gizzards and other insides, you want to use the air compressor to inflate the turkey from the inside, which will separate the skin from the meat. And then make sure to stuff the turkey with bread, veggies, or other! Stuffing the turkey will get you a delicious side dish, but it also helps when roasting it so that air dry the turkey out from the air circulation.
Gloves are one of the best ways to protect your hands on a job site and in the kitchen! Especially if you have a pair that is both heat and cut resistant, they can help you when you’re grating cheese and carving the turkey – as well as taking the turkey out of the oven. And if you’re using a cast iron skillet, you probably have already figured out this trick as heat resistant gloves are far superior to your average potholder.
The paddle mixer attachment to your power drill is great for mixing sparckle – and mashed potatoes! You’ll find this is much easier than your hand mixer or ricer too. Just make sure you use a big enough bowl to put your prepared and boiled potatoes in, then add your butter and any seasonings to the bowl before you take your paddle mixer to it. Don’t go too crazy at first, we know you love the power – but start off slow to make sure the potatoes don’t go everywhere!
Your Sawzall is an amazing compact saw which is great for removing the backbone of a Thanksgiving turkey! We also talked about the Rockwell Circular Hand Saw in our roundup of cool new power tools, which is another option for cutting your turkey, and can even help you cut it into sections if you prefer it that way. But for the actual carving after cooking, we recommend you do it the old-fashioned way with a nice carving knife. Or, yes, you can use your electric knife too – we know you have one!
The cordless drill is also really great for Thanksgiving cleanup. You’ll have a ton of pots, pans, and dishes to scrub, and attaching a scrubber to the drill will save you some serious work. Hey, it might be overkill – but we know some of those side dishes can really leave some crunchy cheese and other food that stubbornly sticks to the pan! Just drill a hole in a binder clip and then clip the scrubbing sponge to the drill with a nut and bolt. Voila, cleaning just got a heck of a lot more fun.
If you’re looking for a good place to use your tools outside of the kitchen, we can help! Call Madden if you want a new project or job to grow your career. We’re always looking for talented craftsmen like you. And we’re wishing you a wonderful turkey day with your tools!