Consumer Watch: Thanksgiving apps helping cooks in the kitchen

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS) -- Whether you're a first time Thanksgiving cook or the family's expert chef, Smartphone and tablet apps can make your dinner preps easier or just more fun. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has your Consumer Watch.

For those tasked with hosting a Thanksgiving meal, give thanks for some apps that can make cooking a little easier. 

The Thanksgiving menu maker app from 'Fine Cooking' for iPad does just what it implies. Recipes range from starters to desserts, create a shopping list of ingredients, and make a schedule of what to buy and what to cook when. There's even a Thanksgiving 911 feature with the most common turkey day troubles and how to fix them. 

Cooks tackling turkey for the first time can try the 'Chow' Thanksgiving dinner coach. The app has step-by-step instructions for the most popular Thanksgiving dishes, from buying items in the supermarket to stuffing them in the oven. The Thanksgiving recipes app for Android also includes instructions for the main dish and many traditional sides.

Turkey titan Butterball takes its Thanksgiving day hot line high-tech, with the Butterball cookbook plus app. In addition to answering common turkey questions, there are how-to instructional videos and recipes. The app even responds to voice commands so chefs can get information hands free and avoid smudges on their screens.

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