You might be surprised to learn that the English settlers in North America who celebrated the first Thanksgiving had a smart kitchen. Lacking an oven, they hollowed out pumpkins, filled them with food, and tossed them into an open fire to cook. Smart, eh?
Today’s kitchens are somewhat smarter. You can use smartphone apps and sensors to remotely program and oversee cooking from nearly anywhere. While most of the practical applications tend to revolve around refrigerators and ovens, some unique smart kitchen technology includes devices that can track to freshness and number of eggs in the fridge, an appliance that doubles as refrigerator and an oven, and a 3D chocolate printer.
With some help from fortune.com, we’ve rounded up five smart kitchen devices that you might consider getting to help simplify your Thanksgiving this year.
1. Range Dial
The Range Dial is perfect for the bird. Simply attach the ovenproof thermometer to the turkey, pheasant, or goose and then set the temperature dial to the appropriate animal symbol or temperature setting. Your cell phone will warble when the food is done.
2. Amazon Echo
‘Alexa, What’s a good wine to serve with turkey?’ Get answers to last-minute culinary questions or use it as a kitchen timer. Echo does all this and much much more.
3. Drop Kitchen Scale
A kitchen-ready scale that links to an iPhone or iPad, the Drop Kitchen Scale helps you measure the amounts of ingredients that you need and then tells you when to add them. You can also use the Drop app to access recipes.
4. Anova Precision Cooker
The Anova Precision Cooker connected thermometer helps you make the best sous vide (French for sealing food in a water-tight container and cooking it in hot water).
One invention that could help prevent Thanksgiving overeating, the Hapifork uses indicator lights and slight vibrations to alert people when they’re eating too fast.
If you don’t have the time to get one of these gadgets, there are a number of apps that can help with the holiday as well. Find new and unique recipes on Pinterest and Epicurious. With Vinino, you can take a photo of a wine label to get reviews, suggested pairings, and even find information on where to find that particular vintage at a local store. Meanwhile, the Timeglass Timer app helps coordinate cooking times and statuses for dozens of foods at a glance.
Whether you’re cooking over an open fire or using a fancy smart kitchen this week, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.