Editor's Picks: What We're Buying During Black Friday 2021

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Cast iron and carbon steel cookware, plus enameled cast iron Dutch ovens

Black Friday 2021 is here! We cannot wait to purchase some of our favorite and most noteworthy items for a discounted price. Like in years past, there's always a huge variety of sales to sift through, which is why we did the hard part for you. We asked our team to share their favorite purchases of Black Friday's past, and possibly a purchase or two they intend to make this year. If you were looking for an easy way to add some Serious Eats-approved items to your kitchen, now's the time to do it.

From the trusty Vitamix 5300 Blender to the Breville Smart Oven Pro, all the extras your kitchen needs this holiday season can be found below.

Read on to learn what Serious Eats editors are shopping for this Black Friday.

  • Misen Roasting Pan

    Misen Roasting Pan

    With very few exceptions, we have long discouraged roasting pans on Serious Eats. They take up a good deal of storage space and counterintuitively do more harm than good when roasting many foods. In almost any instance in which most recipes out there would tell you to grab your roasting pan, we at Serious Eats will tell you to reach for a (far less expensive, far easier to stow) rimmed aluminum baking sheet, sometimes with a simple wire rack set in it, sometimes not.

    But baking sheets aren't always perfect. For one, they can feel a wee bit flimsy when loaded with heavier roasts, and while the aluminum is an absolute beast at heat conduction, it's not thick enough to avoid serious hot spots when, say, deglazing over a stovetop burner to make a sauce or gravy. This roasting pan by Misen is the best effort I've seen yet at trying to resolve all of the above issues. It has heavy-duty handles and a thick aluminum core, making it much easier to haul an 18-pound turkey in and out of the oven. That hefty aluminum core also offers great heat conduction, while the stainless steel exterior ensures it won't react when exposed to acids like wine, tomatoes, or vinegar.

    Misen also lowered the walls compared to traditional roasting pans (but they're still a tad higher than those on a standard rimmed baking sheet), helping avoid trapped steam that can work against the goals of high-heat roasting while providing enough of a barrier that spills are unlikely if you do decide to deglaze and make a gravy in it. Oh, also, it still fits a standard wire rack sized for a baking sheet, if you need it. Win, win, win, win, win. - Daniel Gritzer, Culinary Director

  • Wusthof 8" Classic Chef's Knife

    Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife

    I use my chef’s knife for almost everything, and it remains the easiest, most low-maintenance anything I reach for in my kitchen daily. What a joy it is to destroy many, many ingredients for the same soup and only have to clean my knife and a cutting board at the end of it all. Plus, the white handle is cute. - Tess Koman, Senior Editorial Director

  • Vitamix 5300 Blender

    Vitamix 5300 Blender

    I have become a smoothie person, but only because of a high-powered blender (I did not understand the smoothie thing when all I had was an immersion blender). Obviously, the Vitamix is super powerful and can be used for all kinds of other things, like marinades and braising liquids, but I honestly use it every day just for smoothies. - Sho Spaeth, Editor

  • All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker

    All-Clad 99011GT Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker

    I’m a big breakfast person, but I don’t always love going out for brunch and spending money on overly-priced dishes that I can easily make at home. So when I moved into a new apartment this past summer, I decided to treat myself to this All-Clad Belgian waffle maker, and it did not disappoint. It’s something I use much more than I thought I would since it churns out the lightest, crispiest waffles—especially when I use Stella’s recipe. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and—contrary to what some may think—not a unitasker! You can make everything from hash browns to churros and mac and cheese. I’m particularly eager to make these waffled mashed potatoes with the leftovers I have from the holidays. - Yasmine Maggio, Assistant Editor

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  • Breville B0V845BSS Smart Oven Pro

    Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Countertop Convection Oven

    Toaster ovens do take up valuable countertop real estate, but they also reward you with speed and efficiency. Turning on the oven every time I want a piece of toast is a pain. But with a nifty little toaster oven, I’ve got the makings of pan con tomate, or miso-glazed salmon for that matter, in a flash. - Sasha Marx, Senior Culinary Editor

  • Viking 3-Ply Stainless Steel Stockpot

    Viking 3-Ply Stainless Steel Stockpot With Lid, 12 Qt.

    In a small kitchen with limited storage, it’s important to be discerning about what kind of cookware is completely necessary. As a result, I have tried to make do with the bare minimum. That means I’ve spent too long trying to use pots that are too small to make chicken stock or waiting for the water of my Dutch oven to boil before cramming spaghetti into it. Finally making room for a big stock pot in my life has made all of the above tasks much simpler—and I can finally enjoy soup season in all its glory. - Jina Stanfill, Social Media Editor

  • Staub Tall Cocotte

    Staub Tall Cocotte, 5 Qt

    While I wouldn't give up living in New York City for anything, one of the downsides of apartment life is that my wife and I have a stove so small it's effectively impossible to fit pots and pans onto all four burners at the same time. That's one of the reasons I love my Staub cocotte so much. Beyond the fact that it's a remarkably beautiful product from a long respected company—and will last more than a lifetime if properly cared for—it also has a small enough footprint that it fits perfectly on my minuscule stovetop. The tall, 5-quart model has a capacity that belies its petite diameter, making it perfect for space-limited cooks like myself. - Jacob Dean, Updates Editor

  • Material The Iconics

    Material The Iconics

    Material's Iconics base has earned a permanent place on my kitchen counter, says Editorial Director Taysha Murtaugh, who received the set as a sample. "Both the block and the utensils in it are beautifully designed and highly functional, tackling any task I could possibly need."

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  • Nordic Ware Half Sheet

    Nordic Ware Half Sheet with Oven Safe Nonstick Grid

    I have a stack of sheet pans in constant rotation at all times—roasting vegetables, baking cookies, cooling cooked grains...the list goes on. And the ones from Nordic Ware are, hands-down, my favorite. They're warp-resistant (that popping sound you hear when a baking sheet's in the oven, which creates an uneven surface) and have a sizeable rim that's easy to grip with a kitchen towel or even a bulky oven mitt. Just don't put them in the dishwasher: While it won't ruin them immediately, it will cause them to discolor and cause damage over time. - Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm, Commerce Editor