Wireless Tricks for Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

Tips to make Thanksgiving less stressful with your smartphone.

By Heidi Flato on November 20, 2012

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, people across the country are looking forward to sharing a delicious meal with their loved ones. If you’re in charge of preparing this year’s feast, there are tools and apps to help make the experience less stressful.

Cooking the perfect turkey can be a challenge. The iDevices iGrill is an app-enabled Bluetooth meat thermometer for iOS and Android devices. The tool lets you check your Thanksgiving feast from up to 200 feet away, check the temperature of two foods cooking at once and sends alerts when your food is done to prevent over- or undercooking.

Many websites and apps offer new twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes, so more people take their tablets into the kitchen instead of cookbooks. Folio display cases flip open to serve as a tablet stand, making it easy to read recipes at the perfect angle. Durable tablet sleeves keep your device safe from any spills or splatters that may occur while cooking.

There are also many other useful apps to help prepare your meal. Martha's Everyday Food app is perfect for finding fresh and easy recipes from Martha Stewart. Search by ingredient, course, meal and prep time. You can even use the Recipe Shuffle for extra inspiration with four randomly selected recipes that change with just a shake of your phone.

Epicurious has a line of apps for finding the best recipes. It lets you make interactive shopping lists, follow step-by-step stove-side instructions, access thousands of recipes, and more.

Check out the Thanksgiving Recipes app for step-by-step directions to make mouthwatering mashed potatoes, stuffing, desserts and more. Instead of using several kitchen timers while cooking multiple dishes at once, use an app on your smartphone. The Kitchen Timer app lets you set three different timers, customize alarms and save previous alarms.

Finally, don’t miss out on any of the Thanksgiving entertainment during the hustle and bustle in the kitchen. Download the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade app to keep track of the parade lineup so you don’t miss your favorite performances and floats.

This Thanksgiving, spend less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones.