5 Must-Have Kitchen Deals for Holiday Cooking

By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, which means lots of large family gatherings with ample foodstuffs provided for all. The season starts with Thanksgiving in late November and ends with (let's face it) the Super Bowl in early February, and includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, New Year's Eve, and Twelfth Night. Basically, if you're not expecting to prepare (or devour) five or six massive feasts, you're probably kidding yourself. We've rounded up a bunch of cooking-related offers to ease any kitchen-related holiday worries.

  1. cooks Portable 1300W Electric Induction Cooktop
    Price: $44.99 via coupon code "HUGENESS" with free in-store pickup or add $7.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $22

    Is It Worth It?: Holiday gatherings may be the one time of the year when you'll find that the four burners on your oven range just aren't enough! This portable cooktop is just the ticket to help make your heavy-duty cooking tasks a lot easier. It features a digital timer, adjustable power setting, auto shut-off, and more. Note that only cookware with magnetic bottoms are compatible with this item.

  2. Extra 30% off FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Kits
    Discount: Extra 30% off via coupon code "B8FC30A"
    Shipping: Free shipping

    Is It Worth It?: Big holiday gatherings mean big holiday leftovers, and FoodSaver's vacuum sealer kits are a fantastic way to store your next week's meals. With FoodSavers, you are far less likely to experience freezer burn, because it creates an air-tight seal. Each FoodSaver kit features a vacuum sealer and an assortment of containers and bags. We like the FoodSaver Deluxe Savings Kit (pictured) for $96.23 after the coupon. For more offers from FoodSaver, click here.

  3. Mikasa Italian Countryside 45-Piece Dinnerware Set
    Price: $109.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $74

    Is It Worth It?: The simple, clean lines of this cream dinnerware set work great on tablecloths of any color. That makes them perfect for the awesome party you'll throw for Thanksgiving, New Years, and then the Super Bowl in February. This set includes a dinner plate, bowl, and mug for eight people, plus one round platter, round vegetable bowl, sugar bowl with lid, and creamer (for the fancier meals on your calendar).

  4. Oster 3-in-1 Hand Blender, Chopper, and Knife
    Price: $19.99 with $4.97 s&h, or free Site-to-Store
    Lowest By: $15

    Is It Worth It?: If it's the holidays, you can count on there being plenty of purées and soups, which means that this Oster hand blender is especially valuable. Plus, it comes with a chopper cup attachment and electric knife, both handy tools when creating a massive meal. We find a hand blender to be an essential component of any well-stocked kitchen, and this model features a powerful 350-watt motor and ergonomic grip.

  5. KAI Pure Komachi 6.5" Stainless Steel Santoku Knife
    Price: $6.99 via coupon code "KAIXXX5" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $5
    Expires: November 20

    Is It Worth It?: Get ready to chop and dice! Lots of chefs think these blades look funny, but these single-pieced high-carbon stainless steel blades provide a razor-sharp edge, and the color coatings make it easy to choose the right knife to help prevent cross-contamination. The handles are lightweight and ergonomically shaped for a comfortable grip. If you're a fan, you'll be pleased to know that this is the lowest total price we've seen for a KAI knife.

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