The Great Smoky Mountains area is a prime destination to buy a variety of kitchen essentials at excellent prices. You’ll find outlet stores carrying bargain-priced items and specialty stores with unique gadgets and a wide selection of quality brands. We put together a handy list of recommended shops for you to visit below. Plus, we included a few top picks for must-have items along with some cool tools to try out.
Lodge Factory Store
With two locations in the Smokies (Sevierville, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN), the Lodge Factory Store is all about American-made cast-iron. It’s been family-owned since 1896. You’ll find quality here, as well as perhaps a cooking lesson or two.
Silicone Hot Handle Holders
Because cast iron gets HOT, these are a great asset to any sized Lodge collection. Lodge has different holders for different types of cookware.
Squeeze the fat out of your meats and hold in heat. Grill presses are perfect for burgers or grilled cheese sandwiches.
If you plan to go camping around the Smokies or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, buy one of these to take with you. The lid inverts so you can use it as a griddle. Designed to sit perfectly over hot coals, this is the perfection of an invention that has spanned 300 years.
Home to several stores that sell kitchen products, Tanger Outlets in Sevierville is a stop you should add to your list. Home to CorningWare Corelle & More, Kitchen Collection, Le Creuset, and the Lenox Factory Outlet, you’re certain to find several items to put to good use in your kitchen or campsite.
CorningWare Plastic Lids
Sometimes you want to bake a nice big casserole for a family reunion, but want a lid that isn’t so breakable. Instead of using the traditional glass top, CorningWare also has plastic covers that help keep the food safe and secure in the containers.
Microwave Bacon Crisper and Henrietta Egg Cooker
This is an excellent choice for bacon-lovers who are traveling. The best part about this crisper is it has channels for the grease to run off. You can also use it for reheating pizza. If you like eggs with your bacon, get the Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker too. Both the crisper and egg cooker at the Kitchen Collection store are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Aerator Pourer Stopper
Apparently drinking a glass of wine is like spending an hour exercising. Why not accessorize your new exercise? Available exclusively at Le Creuset this 3-in-1 design aerates the wine with two chambers and has a pouring edge to reduce drips. To top it off, it has a stopper you can use to store the rest with a twist of your hand (if you have any left).
The Lenox store at Tanger Outlets in Sevierville is a great stop if you are looking for monogrammed or personalized items (great for gifts!). You’ll find flatware, serving ware, and table settings that can be personalized as well as other items including ornament selections, picture frames, and figurines.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Sevierville, Tennessee, houses the retail location for Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, there are over 50,000 square feet of showroom space at your shopping disposal.
Knife Sharpeners & Guards
If you are going to make those knives sharp with either an electric or hand-held manual sharpener, you should also make them safe! SMKW has knife guards for Dexter, Oneida, Wusthof, Victorinox, Forschner, Henckels, and more. They also sell wire mesh gloves for protecting your fingers and hands while cutting.
Dexter Pizza Cutters
It’s stainless steel and made in the USA. Who could argue with that? Sure you could cut pizza with a regular knife, but why would you? They sell them in the colors of the Italian flag—you can pick from white, green, or red. If you want to go fancy, get a Dexter Pizza Rocker like restaurants use.
Hungry Bear Bear Paws
Handle your meat in Smoky Mountain style with bear claws. They work well for transferring food and shredding meat. These are made in the USA and are top-shelf dishwasher safe.
We hope you found some interesting items in our list of top picks and unique kitchen gadgets and essentials in the Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are two places you should definitely check off your list for great outlet locations. Plus, after you’ve grabbed all the cooking items you need, head over to The Island to stock your pantry. You’ll find a host of excellent options, including The Beef Jerky Outlet, The Paula Deen Store, and Pepper Palace.
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