Here are 7 surprisingly helpful Alexa cooking hacks to try tonight
Alexa can make your time in the kitchen much easier and more productive.
#1. When your recipe calls for olive oil but you just ran out…
Alexa is great for finding recipe substitutions when you don’t have an ingredient on hand.
- “Alexa, what’s a substitution for olive oil?”
- “Alexa, can you substitute butter for olive oil?” (to find out whether an ingredient you have will work)
#2. When you don’t want to forget where you keep the garlic press…
Or the lemon zester… or the carrot peeler. Just ask Alexa to remember where you keep those infrequently used kitchen tools. Then next time you need it, you can ask Alexa where it is.
Tell Alexa where you’re putting the item: “Alexa, remember the lemon zester is in the third drawer next to the sink.” Alexa will respond “Okay, I’ll remember”
Next time you need it: “Alexa, where’s the lemon zester?”
#3. When dinner is ready but you don’t want to go room to room shouting it out…
Ask Alexa to announce it over the Echo speakers across your home.
“Alexa, announce that dinner’s ready”
#4. When you forget what temperature is medium rare for salmon…
Or steak. Or what internal temperature you should cook chicken or pork to. Just ask Alexa to fetch it for you.
- “Alexa, what temperature is medium rare for salmon?”
- “Alexa, what temperature should you cook chicken to?”
If you have an Alexa Echo Show, Alexa will display the information on the screen so you can easily scan and scroll through it.
#5. When you want to remember a recipe as you create it so you can make it again…
Add each ingredient to an Alexa list as you mix it into your culinary creation.
First, create the new list: “Alexa, create list called Sunday night pasta”
Then add ingredients to the list:
- “Alexa, add 2 boxes of cherry tomatoes to Sunday night pasta list”
- “Alexa, add 6 basil leaves and 1 lb of ground sirloin to Sunday night pasta list” (yep, you can add multiple items to a list in one command!)
Next time you want to make the Sunday night pasta, just open up the list in the Alexa app to see your recipe:
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
- Tap Lists
- Tap “Sunday night pasta” (/ insert name of your recipe) under the “My Lists” section
#6. When you forget how many tablespoons are in a stick of butter…
Alexa can do the unit conversion for you. (The answer is 8!)
Ask Alexa any unit conversion question such as “Alexa, how many tablespoons are in a stick of butter?”
#7. When you’re considering having dried fruit for dessert but you’re curious how many calories are in those prunes…
Alexa will know the answer.
“Alexa, how many calories are in a prune?” or “Alexa, how many calories are in a medium size apple?”