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Best Apps For Tackling the Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be competing on Iron Chef anytime soon. I don’t burn water, but when it comes to things like Thanksgiving I can use some extra help in the kitchen. I’ve rounded up a few very helpful apps for those of us who aren’t bionic chefs. This list covers everything from tackling the turkey to grocery list planning to counting calories between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t see your favorites? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Appetites’ Easy As Pie for iPhone and iPad is a wonderful tool for folks who need some dessert inspiration and a step-by-step guide for achieving delicious pies. Appetites presents this new pie making adventure featuring Evan Kleiman. Easy as Pie shows you how-to create 20 homemade pies, doughs and toppings in over 5 hours of step-by-step video recipes.

Thanksgiving Menu Maker is not only free, but it gives you the tools you need to tackle the feast. Tap your way to a customized holiday menu from more than 75 of our all-time favorite Thanksgiving recipes and get a customized shopping list and schedule. The app features handy tidbits like: How-To Videos (on everything from brining a turkey to perfecting pie crust), 21 Turkey Tips (from which pan to use for roasting turkey to what temperature to cook the bird), what to drink (perfect wine pairings made easy plus seasonal cocktails), and Thanksgiving 911 — the top 10 holiday-food disasters and how to fix them. This is a great how-to guide for the novice or the first-time Thanksgiving host.

The Safeway Chef Assistant can put all your turkey fears to rest and guide you through he preparation, cooking and carving process. The app features Safeway’s exclussive 2-hour Turkey Recipe™.  Some great features you’ll get out of this free app include: a handy list of needed ingredients and tools, see step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your turkey, turkey timer to keep you on track with a countdown from start to finish and reminders to make sure you don’t miss any important steps, and even watch video demonstrations to see how easy the 2- Hour Turkey really is and also learn how to carve the perfect turkey.

How to Cook Everything is an invaluable app for foodies and the-foodie-challenged alike. You’ll be able to use this wonderful app all year (not just during the holidays). If you buy just one food app this holiday season, this is the one to get. From this award-winning book: Mark Bittman’s 2,000 recipes and recipe variations—as well as his no-nonsense cooking guidance, including hundreds of how-to illustrations; equipment, technique, and ingredient information; and meal-planning ideas. What are a few of the features you can expect? Timers, recipes, lists, guides and so much more. This app is not short on content and is worth it’s weight in turkey.

Grocery IQ is a wonderful app for those of us who NEED to keep grocery lists. I try to wing it too often and inevitably forget the most important ingredient. Grocery IQ is free and comes with a database of millions of items so you can build lists quickly and easily. One of my favorite features is the barcode scanning which allows users to add items to lists by simply pointing your camera at any product barcode. There’s also a handy, new list sharing option – sync your Grocery IQ lists with family and friends (the hubby’s gonna love this). Money savers will love the integrated coupon option that finds free coupons for items they’re shopping for and print them or add them to your store loyalty card. Grocery IQ also allows for favorites list, creating lists for multiple stores, product details and sorting by aisle. This app is not only invaluable, it is also free – what are you waiting for?

Calorie Counter by MyNetDiary is the calorie counting app to own. I could go on and on and on about the increible features and the massive food list (more than 400,00) as well as the barcode scanning option. We all know that the holidays are a time we can easily pack on the pounds. While I’m all for splurging, I know I’ve got to watch the calories in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This version is free (you can upgrade to pro if you like it enough), so go ahead and give it a try!

Hannah is an educator, mom to three wonderful children ages 3 and younger and proud wife of an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. She is the founder of and

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  1. Hannah,

    I had NO IDEA these were out there. Only you would think to do such a great compilation. Though I’ll be avoiding the calorie counter. 🙂

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