TECH BYTE: Use Tech to Help Cook Your Thanksgiving Meal


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Preparing your Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be stressful.

If your job is to take care of all the cooking, a smart oven can help you out. It makes it easy to multitask.

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Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says all you need is your smartphone.

“That gives you options to not only be able to preheat the oven, turn it on and off, even have predefined settings,” Roach said. “For example, if you wanted to cook salmon, you’re able to go in and actually put in the predefined settings, it will set your heat for you, tell you which rack to put it on, and it really makes it super easy so you can’t mess it up.”

A smart oven can give you access to your recipes, right at your fingertips.

“You can plug in what you want to make on there,” he said. It’ll tell you how to do it. It really just simplifies everything.”

Roach says Instant Pots are a good go-to for making an easy dish your family and friends will love.

“You’re able to actually control them with your phone or tablet, so you set your food in there, and then when you’re ready to go ahead and get it started, you can simply just go to your phone or tablet and start it right from there.”

Another device you can use to make more of a fancier meal is a sous vide.

Roach says a lot of high end restaurants use it to make steak, chicken, or fish.

“It’s actually a device that you’ll put into a pot or kettle of some type, and you’ll actually be able to cook the meat or vegetables, whatever it may be, and that’s another device that is connected through your WiFi, and you’ll be able to control it through your phone or tablet, and start it at your convenience.”

You can always use a voice assistant like a Google Home or Amazon Alexa to help with your cooking too – like turning on the oven.

The Google Home Hub and Alexa Echo Show can also help with finding recipes.

“They have hands-free access to recipes, really whatever they need right then and there, and they don’t have to use their hands,” Roach said.

Best Buy’s Black Friday sale is already underway. Roach says appliances are up to 40 percent off until December 5.


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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’