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Tech for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Tech

If there’s one thing that’s bound to get the cortisol pumping through your veins, it’s planning Thanksgiving dinner. Between coordinating the guest list, finding recipes, buying ingredients, planning entertainment, and actually cooking, it’s a wonder we make it through in one piece.

This year, there’s something you can be extra thankful for: tech devices that make planning and executing the big day easier. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or hosting your first gathering, here are a few smart devices for a fail-proof T-Day.

If you’re prone to overcooking the turkey…

Range Thermometer: Thanksgiving Tech

Pro and rookie cooks alike will appreciate the ingenious Range thermometer, which connects to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to show you real-time food temperatures as you cook. It sends alerts to you anywhere (so you can run to the store and still track your temps) and comes with USDA- and gourmet-recommended presets for meat and candy. Overcooked turkey? Never again.

If you want a home-cooked meal but don’t want to spend all day cooking…

Mellow Sous Vide: Thanksgiving Tech

Remember when the Crock Pot was the go-to for busy people who wanted to prep dinner in the morning and forget about it till, well, dinnertime? The Mellow applies the same concept to sous-vide, a chef-loved way to cook food in temperature-controlled water. Here’s how it works: Put meat, fish, veggies, or eggs into zip sealed bags with seasoning, then pop them into the Mellow’s water chamber. Select your temperature and control the cooking process from anywhere via your computer or app on your smartphone. Mellow has built-in refrigeration, so you don’t have to worry about food going bad before you hit “start.” A great solution for those who want to go out or mingle with guests on Thanksgiving Day – not spend it all in the kitchen.

 

If you’d like a chef-prepped meal without the chef…

Tovala Oven: Thanksgiving Tech

Think of Tovala as the microwave’s healthier, chef-approved descendant, paired with the ease of prep you find with fresh meal delivery services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. You sign up for a certain number of meals per week, which are then delivered to you cold-packed and ready to cook in the Tovala oven, which has steam, broil, bake, and convection heat functions all in one place (bye, old-school toaster and microwave). You can also use the Tovala oven on its own, sans pre-prepped meals, for a pro-chef cooking experience with just the touch of a button.

 

If you need to be guided from start to finish…

Hestan Cue Guided Cooking: Thanksgiving Tech

The Heston Cue “guided cooking” system hasn’t been released to the public yet, but it’s worth mentioning so you can sign up for its upcoming launch. The sensor-enabled trio includes an induction burner, sauté pan, and chef’s pot that sync to your smart device, where the Hestan Cue app offers up a slew of recipes with instructions and video how-tos. The app talks to the burner, so your pan is perfectly heated for fluffy mashed potatoes, or crispy green beans, every time.

If you want to make basting the turkey a sleeker experience…

thermobaste

The Thermobaste set from JosephJoseph doesn’t have any techy parts, per se, but it’s just so darn handy: The baster is large, and has measure marks on the side so you can see how much liquid you’re imparting to your bird. It comes with a cleaning brush (because it’s usually impossible to clean a baster!) and a meat thermometer so you can keep track of doneness while you baste away. All the parts fit together for compact storage. They thought of everything.

If you want some music but don’t have time to make a playlist…

Spotify: Thanksgiving Tech

Spotify is a streaming service that has tons of curated playlists for every mood, taste, and occasion, and you can easily control the tracks from your computer or the smartphone app. It’s a cinch to build your own playlist, too – if a ‘90s hip hop dance party spontaneously erupts at the end of the night, for instance.

If you want to mix the perfect cocktail for every guest…

Perfect Drink: Thanksgiving Tech

The next best thing to hiring an actual mixologist? Perfect Drink 2.0’s scale-and-app combo, which helps you craft stellar cocktails for everyone at your party. Use the app to enter the liquors you have on hand, and a selection of recipes they work with will appear. Choose a cocktail and start pouring – the accompanying scale syncs with the app to show you exactly how much of each ingredient you need to add, alerts you when you need to stop pouring, and helps you time out the perfect shake or stir. Messy measuring and too-strong or weak drinks are thing of the past.

If Thanksgiving Day football leads to big fights over the remote…

Dish Hopper 3: Thanksgiving Tech

This could be your winning game plan. With the Hopper 3, you can watch and record up to 16 primetime games and shows at once – so everyone gets to root for their teams – and skip the commercials on some recordings. The remote is voice-activated and has a helpful “finder” function, so time spent searching for it in the couch cushions is at a minimum.

Hoping you have a lovely Thanksgiving, and your turkey comes out perfectly! Let me know if you’d be excited to try any of these gadgets in the kitchen. 

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