Thanksgiving in America is nearly 400 years old. You’ve got to figure that over that time span there’ve been more than a few overcooked turkeys, bland canned side dishes and too many occasions where there just weren’t enough mashed potatoes to go around. These top five Thanksgiving cooking apps should usher in the next 400 years of Thanksgiving tradition, where no turkey comes out dry, the made-from-scratch side vegetables are vibrant and fresh, and recipes are effortlessly doubled or tripled to make sure our tables are never bare. Yes, let us give thanks for the cornucopia of cooking apps that will bring merriment and full bellies to our annual feast.
Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner – Find a recipe
If the set-in-stone turkey menu isn’t inspiring you and you want to bring a little spontaneity to the kitchen, there’s the Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner. Allrecipes.com has as large a selection of recipes as any other cooking app out there, but it adds a delightfully fun element of randomness to the process. Just give your phone a shake, and it will choose your dish type (Appetizer, Main Dish, etc.), your ingredients and your “ready in” time. Then view your results. With over 40,000 recipes to choose from, you’re sure to roll a winner fairly often. Or, you can select the categories yourself and use the search feature if you don’t want to trust your food to Lady Fortune.
Perfect Produce – Keep things fresh
If your Thanksgiving staples are anything like ours, every year you feast on cylindrical, ribbed cranberry sauce and the ubiquitous green bean casserole where every ingredient comes from a can. This year you can rejuvenate those old standbys by buying fresh fruits and vegetables with confidence using this app. You’ll always know exactly when veggies are in season and at their peak of ripeness, as well as how to keep them that way up until the big feast. You’ll even get a few suggestions for how to prepare your veggies, because who really knows what to do with a butternut squash anyway?
iGrill – Don’t burn the bird
How many times in your life have you actually cooked a turkey? Chances are you only do it once or twice a year. It’s not a well-practiced procedure, and it can be a bit of a challenge getting the turkey between just fully
-cooked and dry as a bone. Add to that the pressure of getting the main dish right on the big day and you could really work up a nervous sweat. You can manage the heat with iGrill and the iGrill App Accessory, available at RadioShack. Together they turn your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a sophisticated meat thermometer so you can monitor your cooking time in the kitchen or even from your easy chair with a Bluetooth connection. You can also use it year-round, from ham on Christmas to grilling in the summer.
KitchenMath – Keep count of your quantities
Keeping the math straight when you’re doubling or tripling recipes for a large Thanksgiving gathering is hard enough, but when you get those recipes that throw you a metric curveball like measuring flour in grams, it’s almost impossible. It’s enough to make you throw up your hands and accept that your mother-in-law was right to criticize your cooking. But, have no fear! KitchenMath will help you untangle your cups, ounces, grams and teaspoons without having to strain your brain or spend all day typing conversions into Google.
Mixologist Drink Recipes – Dare to drink dessert
Thanksgiving is the holiday where we’re supposed to eat, DRINK and be merry, but too often we’re all turkey and no tequila. We focus so much on the food that we neglect the lively libations that turn gatherings into celebrations. This year, stir the holiday spirit with…spirits! Mixologist lets you search through nearly 8,000 cocktail recipes, including one called “Pumpkin Pie” with Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps and cinnamon schnapps. Now THAT’S dessert for grown-ups!
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