High-tech Thanksgiving cooking hacks

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(NBC) A smart home device can be your sous chef this Thanksgiving with Amazon’s “Guided Cooking” feature.

Molly Wade, Amazon Devices says, “Alexa will walk you through step by step so you don’t have to use your grubby hands phone, recipe book.”

Keeping all hands on deck and off of appliances for a more sanitary kitchen.

Alexa can also set multiple timers with names, so you can keep track of everything from the stuffing to the pie.

Says Wade, “Each one will go off, and she’ll tell you what it is, instead of what’s that bing for? Which is what I end up doing on thanksgiving.”

Esther Choi of Eater’s Kitchen Gadget Test Show suggests thinking outside of the oven with an electric turkey fryer.

Says Choi, “It could be kind of terrifying, but this is like the safest way to fry a turkey,” and a turkey can cook in about a fifth of the time in a fryer, saving time and oven space.

“It’s absolutely delicious as well,” claims Choi.

For sides consider using stand alone gadgets such as the Instant Pot that can be controlled remotely through an app. Choi is also a big fan of the versatile Vitamix Blender.

“It’s not just blender that does one thing it can make soups,” says Choi. Actually the best mashed potatoes I’ve had come from Vitamix”

If you do run into trouble, you can always seek advice from the Butterball turkey talk line, now accessible through Amazon devices.

Wade says, “You can ask Alexa questions about all of your turkey needs.”

Those experts will be working overtime through the holiday, so you don’t have to.

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