Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays: eating carbs is encouraged, pants can be unbuttoned, I mean it’s practically perfect. That said, prepping a feast for a crowd— and one that involves a tender and perfectly timed turkey—is always a bit stressful. I popped by KTLA with some of the smartest connected kitchen gadgets I know, all designed to take the stress out of food prep and make your Thanksgiving meal is a snap.
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Here are all the gadgets I featured, along with recipes I plan to try in each one. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Meater Wireless Thermometer
Brag alert: I have never made a bad Thanksgiving turkey, and it’s because I have always used a digital thermometer. The moment your bird is the perfect internal doneness, it lets you know— no guesswork— so you never end up with dry poultry. Meater ($69) is next level because it’s completely wireless: Just sink the probe into the deepest part of your dark meat (of course you can use it on any cut of meat you like, post-turkey-day), and then get the read out on the Meater app… your phone will alert you when dinner is ready, so you can mingle with your guests instead of staring at the turkey through the oven window…
Recipe to Try: Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey
June Smart Oven
June ($1,495— yes, it’s expensive) is an intelligent oven that knows what you put in it and then cooks it to perfection… even if you don’t have a clue what you’re doing in the kitchen. An internal camera and Food ID technology identify the food you’re cooking (and let you watch it while it cooks, which is super-fun). Simply choose your doneness preference (if you like your steak medium rare, or if you want your salmon cooked through), and June’s adaptive cook presets will take over, and provide consistent results every time. Oh, and you don’t have to preheat it, you can start it from anywhere, and its exterior never gets hot to the touch. Smartypants appliance.
Recipe to try: The Kitchn’s Very Best Stuffing
Joule Sous Vide
On to Thanksgiving sides, the Joule ($199) is a game-changer when it comes to cooking them to perfection. For anyone unfamiliar with the sous vide cooking technique, it’s a french trick for cooking food at a low, constant heat submerged in water.
An app makes it a breeze to choose a recipe, set the water temperature, then attach the ingredients (protein or otherwise) in a large zipper lock or vacuum seal bag that you clip to the side of your pot. The water begins to circulate and before you know it your dish is ready to serve, perfectly cooked. One of my favorite features on the Joule is the voice control, so that I can make adjustments to the temp and timer when my hands are dirty from prepping another dish at the same time. And while Joule takes a bit longer to get dinner on the table, you can start the Joule from wherever you are using the app, so you can get a head start on Thanksgiving dinner anytime.
Recipe to Try: Sous Vide Butter Poached Potatoes
Hestan Cue Smart Induction Burner
On Thanksgiving, dessert is essential, and show-offy desserts are an added bonus. While I’m not at all confident making candy, the Hestan Cue ($400) gives me the ability to make fabulous homemade candy confections, like almond brittle. The smart pan and smart induction burner are designed to pair wirelessly using Bluetooth with a recipe app that sets the precise controls to do everything from simmer a sauce to sautee a paillard— walking you through each step of the process. It’s like putting a recipe on autopilot with a guarantee that, no matter what you’re making, it will come out perfect every time.
Recipe to Try: Salted Almost Brittle
Alchema Hard Cider Maker
Alchema ($499) takes the guesswork out of home brewing, making it more precise, less messy, and incredibly simple. Infinite flavor combos mean you get to make the cider you’ve been wanting to buy, or a flavor you wish someone would sell. An app tells you precisely when your cider is fermented and ready to drink, and a UV-C LED sanitizer ensures you don’t have a bad batch. It’s a bit steep at nearly $500, but if you or someone on your list looooves cider, this makes the whole process a cinch.
Recipe to try: Pomegranate Cider
Drop Scale Connected Kitchen Scale
When baking, precise measurements can mean the difference between flaky biscuits and unappetizing bricks. Weight is always more accurate than cups and tablespoons, so having a scale is a coup, especially one as smart as the Drop ($80). Paired with it’s app, the scale will walk you through a recipe step-by-step, letting you add the perfect proportions flour, baking soda and salt to ensure everything is executed perfectly (even if your’e not the world’s best baker). With lots of recipes to choose from, plus instant math-free conversions (if you want to double the recipe, or reduce it to accommodate your lack of butter).
Recipe to try: Bon Appetit’s Best Buttermilk Biscuits