Planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday shouldn't be a problem — even when schedules are overridden with travel and dinner plans — all with a little help from some very useful and timely apps.
Airports and supermarkets are often flooded with people rushing to enjoy a special feast with family and friends. Here are some of the best apps that can make Thanksgiving an unforgettable and stress-free celebration.
TurkeyTimer is perfect for those who need an extra hand in the kitchen while preparing turkey dishes. There's no need to worry about forgetting a step in the preparation stage. It works by tracking details such as the weight of the turkey (whether or not it's stuffed), the desired internal temperature, basting options and more.
The app uses algorithms guided by instructions from top cookbooks. Using these algorithms, the app can also track particular cooking phases, such as the time when the turkey turns brown, achieves the desired internal temperature, or is ready to be taken out of the oven. It also alerts users if it's time to baste the turkey. TurkeyTimer is available on the App Store for $1.99.
Google Flights allows users to find flights quickly. The results are easy to scan. The tool also helps travelers discover nice places to go to, thanks to a map where ticket prices for a destination are also shown.
Information can be filtered by airline, price and flight duration, and the best or cheapest time to travel to one's destination. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Hotel Tonight is handy when there's a need to look for a hotel at the last minute. Although the app is not yet available in all cities, it nevertheless adds new destinations on a regular basis. The latest additions so far are hotels in Dubai. It also comes with a blog called The Turn Down where travelers share their inspiring adventures and pro tips. The app is available as a free download on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Butterball Cookbook Plus
The term "Butterball" has always been associated with Thanksgiving, and the app Butterball Cookbook Plus has become a top kitchen companion when it comes to grilling, baking, deep frying or roasting holiday favorites.
Butterball Cookbook Plus is packed with helpful suggestions on the many ways one could enjoy the huge variety of Butterball turkey products. These include whole turkey, turkey sausage, turkey bacon, turkey burger and ground turkey, among other items. It's available for free on the App Store.
The Skyscanner app is a handy tool for searching, comparing and booking cheap flights on the go. It offers free instant search for millions of flights from several hundred airlines, making it easier to find the best arrangements suitable to one's travel.
Skyscanner claims its method of finding flight deals is independent and unbiased. Other notable features include price alerts, refined search, recent searches, seamless experience and frequent flyer miles. It's a free app for both iOS and Android devices.
With the Food Network app, users can get cooking tips and a huge variety of recipes from Food Network veterans, including those from celebrated American chef Bobby Flay. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Available for both iOS and Android devices, the GateGuru app can be very useful in finding food, restrooms and the boarding gate for one's flight. It also gives users information on restaurants and special services offered at the airport.