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.
Basters are simple to use — just squeeze the bulb, put the tip in the liquid, and release the bulb to suck up the juice. Then remove from the drippings and squeeze the bulb again to release.
Believe it or not... there are many variations for basters, check our our reviews and find the best baster for you.
01 of 07
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
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 to 450 degrees, so it can be used for hot liquids without worries of melting or cracking.
The glass is tempered for strength and the bulb is made from rubber. Hand washing is recommended.
03 of 07
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
If you use a baster once a year, you don’t need an expensive one cluttering up your kitchen. This simple baster is probably similar to the one your mom and grandmother used years ago, and the same design is sold today because it works. The tube is heat-resistant nylon and the bulb is silicone, so it can be used with hot juices from your turkey or roast. The translucent tube lets you see how much liquid has been collected, and measurements along the side in ounces and milliliters let you see how... much liquid you have collected.
This is dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
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
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
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 a 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 all over the surface of the food.
This mop is 18 inches long, so it’s perfect for reaching into a hot oven or barbecue grill, keeping your hands away from the heat and splatter. This includes two mop heads, so you can baste with different... liquids, and they’re machine washable for easy cleaning. Just hang to dry after they’re washed.
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