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The holidays can be tiring – especially if you are the one who prepares and organizes the ($ 35 with Amazon) to help you. The Alexa speech assistant can help you if you don't know how to cook a turkey, have forgotten to order something important or if you just need a nice cocktail after a long day.. However, it may not be as stressful as you think if you use your Amazon Echo
Let Alexa help you remember what to do now, so you can spend time with your family instead of panicking because you have forgotten to set the kitchen timer. Here are 10 ways Alexa can help you on Thursday. And here isfrom to when you shop for .
Make a shopping list for Thanksgiving
Who doesn't forget at least one thing they went to the supermarket for? Fortunately Alexa can keep a running shopping list for you, so you won't forget anything. Just say "Alexa, create a shopping list" and then you can add items along the way.
If you want to know everything you've added to the list, you can ask Alexa what is on your shopping list or you can view it in the Alexa app.
Create a to-do list for Thanksgiving Day
Like a shopping list, Alexa can also keep a to-do list for you. Just say "Alexa, make a to-do list" and call it "Thanksgiving" so you can find it easily. You can then add your tasks for the day, such as defrosting the turkey and setting the table. When you're ready to hear what's on your plate today, just say "Alexa, what's on my to-do list?"
Keeping all the things to be done on Thanksgiving in one place can help you cut or delegate the seemingly never-ending list in no time.
Get tons of recipe ideas
An area of Alexa & # 39; s skills catalog that is particularly rich are his recipe and cooking skills. Five of the most striking are Allrecipes, Best Recipes (from Hellmann & # 39; s), Betty Crocker and Food Network.
Not only will these skills provide some recipes to try, they will tell you the ingredients needed and guide you through the process. With Food Network you can search for recipes per chef or TV program. Allrecipes sends a route description to your phone. Betty Crocker will tell you how long it takes to cook a ham. And the best recipes give you recipes for the ingredients you already have.
Choose the right turkey
Choosing the right turkey is difficult – is there enough? Too many leftovers? But if you prepare for the Turkey Planner skill, Alexa will tell you how much turkey you need based on the number of guests that visit. It also lets you know how long you have to cook it.
Just say, "Alexa, ask Turkey Planner how long it will take to cook a 12-pound turkey," or "Alexa, ask Turkey Planner what size of Turkey is needed for 10 people."
Setting multiple timers
Setting timers on your stove, microwave and telephone can be a nightmare – especially if you try to figure out which timer goes to the ham and which the cake. So if you are going to set the timer, think twice about using one of these and using your Echo device.
You can not only create multiple simultaneous timers, but you can also name them so that you can easily keep everything straight. Say "Alexa, start a three-hour Turkey timer" or "Alexa, make a fill timer for 30 minutes." To check your timers, just say "Alexa, how much time is left on the turkey timer?"
Keep drinks for everyone
When you have several guests for Thanksgiving dinner, it is a nice touch to have a selection of wine, spirits or beer at hand. With skills such as The Bartender, What Beer? and MySomm, you can easily find drinks that best suit the food you are going to serve.