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7 Apps That Could Save Your Thanksgiving Dinner (PHOTOS)

11/12/2013 09:18 am ET

For home cooks, Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful days of the year. Between navigating timing, tasting, and checking the temperature of the turkey 100 times a day, it can be hard to juggle the many components of everyone's favorite food holiday.

While Thanksgiving cooks of yore could rely on call-in hotlines to help save an impending disaster, smartphones have introduced a new kind of Thanksgiving rescue: the Thanksgiving dinner app. These apps can save time, stress and even an undercooked turkey -- they help with everything from recipe ideas to scheduling out your day. We've picked out 7 Thanksgiving dinner apps that are replacing the antiquated hotline, and that offer all assurance you'll need to approach this yearly feast without fear.

  • 1 Food52 Hotline
    iTunes: Food52 Hotline
    This app is free, and offers users the chance to ask (and to answer!) Thanksgiving questions on a time crunch. You'll get quick responses from others in the Food52 community, whether it's months or hours before the big meal.
  • 2 Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach
    iTunes: Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach
    This free app focuses on easy, traditional Thanksgiving recipes and is geared at beginners. It includes a timeline, ingredient list, equipment list, summary and step-by-step directions!
  • 3 Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual
    iTunes: Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual
    This free manual includes 101 recipes, advice, and how-to's from the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen. Although it includes some simple recipes, this app is more geared at more advanced home cooks.
  • 4 Thanksgiving Recipe Collections: Food and Drink Recipes
    iTunes: Thanksgiving Recipe Collections: Food and Drink Recipes
    Gojee's free recipe collection pulls from food bloggers, and categorizes by which part of the Thanksgiving feast each belongs to.
  • 5 iFeast Thanksgiving
    iTunes: iFeast Thanksgiving
    iFeast Thanksgiving costs $2.99, and focuses on planning out your schedule for the busy, cooking-filled day. For people who tend to feel overwhelmed by juggling all the elements of the feast.
  • 6 Turkey Dinner Step-by-Step
    iTunes: Turkey Dinner Step-by-Step
    This $0.99 app plans out your Thanksgiving schedule for you -- you just enter the date and time you want the meal ready, the number of guests, and foods you're cooking, and it creates a step-by-step plan for you. It also includes how-to and recipe functions.
  • 7 Butterball Cookbook Plus
    iTunes: Butterball Cookbook Plus
    This free app isn't limited to turkey recipes, but includes all types of desserts, sides, and mains that are perfect for Thanksgiving.

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