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Oh sure, we call them turkey basters and think about buying them when Thanksgiving approaches, but basters can come in handy at any time of the year, think roasts and steaks. They’re also useful for removing hot liquids from pots or pans, or for removing a layer of fat from a simmering stock.
01 of 07
Best Overall: Tovolo Dripless Baster
The most annoying thing about basters is that they can drip and make a mess, but this baster has solved the problem with a small valve that keeps the liquid inside the baster instead of leaking onto your oven or counters.
The baster’s tube is clear so you can see how much liquid you have, and it fits comfortably in your hand so you can baste often or use the baster to remove liquid from a pot or pan. A similar model is also available with a stainless steel tube that will never break.
This is heat resistant to 600 degrees, so it can be used for boiling liquids with no worries about melting or cracking. The baster’s tip is removable for thorough cleaning, and all parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A spare tip and a cleaning brush are included as well.
02 of 07
Best Glass-Made: Norpro Glass Baster
If you don’t like the idea of hot liquid foods coming in contact with the plastic materials used in many basters, this glass baster might be just right for you. It’s clear, so you can see the liquid in the tube, and it’s heat resistant up to 450 degrees, so it can be used for hot liquids without worries of melting or cracking. Because it's made of glass, you won't have to worry about this baster absorbing any unwanted flavors.
The glass is tempered for strength and the bulb is made from rubber. Hand washing is recommended. Reviewers say that for a glass baster it has a decent price, and it does a good job of sucking up liquid.
03 of 07
Best Stainless Steel: Norpro Deluxe Stainless Steel Baster
How many basters have you found broken or cracked in the bottom of a drawer from age or from being crushed or bent in storage? That won’t happen with this stainless steel baster – it’s nearly indestructible. The stainless steel is also stain-resistant and won’t rust or discolor, even when you’re using it with acidic juices containing citrus or tomatoes.
Even better, this comes with an injector tip, so you can prep your turkey by injecting it with flavorful liquids, spice infusions, melted butter or other flavorings prior to cooking. Just remove the injector tip to use it as a standard baster.
Not just for turkey, and not just for oven use, this is great for any kind of roast or for transferring hot liquids from one pot to another. This is just as handy on the grill as in the oven since the bulb is heat-safe to 450 degrees, and the stainless steel can withstand the same heat as your stainless steel cookware and bakeware. The baster is designed to have powerful suction, so it will draw up the maximum amount of liquid each time, and it releases just as easily.
This is dishwasher safe, and also includes a cleaning brush for easy hand washing.
04 of 07
Best Budget: Norpro Nylon Baster
If you use a baster once a year, you don’t need an expensive one cluttering up your kitchen. For an affordable pick that gets the job done, we love the Norpro Nylon Baster. This affordable budget baster will remind you of the one your mom or grandma used, with the translucent nylon tube and squishy bulb. It’s heat resistant up to 450 degrees, so you don’t need to worry about it melting or deforming as you baste your turkey or roast with hot drippings. After you're done using it, throw it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
This sturdy baster will last for years, but it’s inexpensive enough to keep a few on hand for nights when you’re cooking more than one roast. Reviewers say that this baster works better than some expensive stainless alternatives, and it's a great value for the price.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Multipurpose: Cuisipro 3-in-1 Baster
If you need a baster, but wish you’d have more uses for it, this is the one for you. The tube is made from see-through tritan material with measurements on the body, so you can check how much liquid you have, and it includes two tips for added versatility.
Without a tip attached, this functions like a standard baster with a heavy stream of liquid. The shower attachment provides a wide shower for fast, wide basting coverage while the silicone brush attachment is handy for even coating of barbecue sauces, melted butter, or other liquids.
The large, comfortable silicone bulb makes it easy to draw up the maximum amount of liquid and dispense it just as easily. This is top rack dishwasher safe.
06 of 07
Best Turkey Set: OXO Good Grips Roasting Set
Perfect for a new kitchen, a first Thanksgiving, or to replace old, warn, or low quality tools, this set includes the two tools you need for perfect roasting and gravy making – a baster and a fat separator.
The baster has an angled tip that makes it easy to get the juices from the bottom of a roasting pan, and a silicone bulb that’s easy to hold and squeeze. The baster tube is clear and has measurements in both US and metric, so you can easily see how much juice you’ve collected.
The integrated stand attached to the baster tube keeps the curved tip upright on the counter when it’s not in use, so it won’t drip and make a mess in between your basting sessions.
The 4-cup fat separator has a strainer lid to keep the large bits out, and an innovative plug on the spout that keeps fat from entering the spout. Measurements on the side let you see how much liquid you have, and make it useful as a standard measuring cup all year long. Both the baster and fat separator are dishwasher safe, but a cleaning brush is also included if you prefer washing by hand.
07 of 07
Best Basting Mop: Silicone Turkey Baster and Pastry Brush Set
Basters are great when you have larger quantities of thin liquids, but a basting mop comes in handy when you have a thicker liquid like barbecue sauce or melted butter that you want to mop all over your food. It picks up a lot of sauce and easily spreads it over the surface of the food.
A combination between a traditional baster and a basting mop, this baster works much like a traditional baster that sucks up pan juices, but the difference is that it is designed to brush the liquid onto the food rather than squirting it.
Not just for pan juices, the glass bowl can be filled with oil, melted butter, marinades, or sauces for basting. A filter dock acts as a rest for the brush when not in use, while it keeps the brush from directly touching the liquid below, helping to prevent cross contamination. When you’re not making a roast, you can use this as a pastry brush, to oil your cooking pans, to brush barbecue sauce on ribs, or to brush melted butter on your corn on the cob. Reviewers say that this product is incredibly well made and helps contain the mess around the kitchen.