Cooking for Thanksgiving dinner can cause quite the mess. But there are apps and gadgets out there that promise, with a dash of technology and a pinch of Internet know-how, to make the frenzy a little more manageable.
Prep Pad and Countertop App
How much chopped celery goes in the stuffing? The Prep Pad, a cutting board that measures what you're chopping and even estimates calorie data, takes some of the guesswork out of preparing your fruits and veggies. It's battery-powered, so no plug needed. Just make sure you have an iPhone or other iOS-powered device for the companion app.
Kitchen-proof iPad case
If you're using your smartphone or iPad to look up recipes on the fly, you'll probably want a good case to protect from the inevitable spilled oil or broth. The aXtion Bold is a good all-purpose rugged iPad case for cooking and travel, but you can also grab a Chef Sleeve for just $20.
Nest Protect smoke detector
A great addition to the home, especially if you have a Nest thermostat already. Nest's Protect smoke detector will do more than beep if it detects smoke or excessive heat — you'll get a notification on your phone.
Vessyl smart cup
This elegantly designed device senses what you put in it and checks online for calorie count, alcohol content, and other vital statistics. At last you'll know exactly how much wine you put away that night! Alas, you'll have to wait for next year for this one. It's still on pre-order, set to ship in early 2015.
Digital measuring cup
Not exactly cutting-edge tech, but these dandy little devices let you measure out liquids or solids by the pound or by the fluid ounce, saving you a step and freeing up the kitchen scale for other things. This Camry version has the screen on the top of the handle, making it easy to read, and the price is right too.