Holiday Food Prep 2.0  

The holidays are stressful. So often, all the work that has to be done in the kitchen can take away from the magic of it all. If you’re going to spring for any gifts for yourself this year, we recommend going for smart kitchen upgrades that will make your life — and the holidays from here on out — way easier.

KitchenAid Smart Oven+ 

OK; there’s seriously nothing this oven can’t do. Through a series of seamlessly integrated attachments, it can shift from oven to indoor grill to baking stone and steamer, all of which can be controlled from a touch screen or on your smartphone or tablet. It’s compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa, too — and is connected to the internet so you can start preheating on your commute home. $3,299

Drop Scale

Say goodbye to cooking and baking that’s messy and laborious. The Drop Scale seems simple enough — you can put ingredients on a heat-resistant surface and see the weight on your phone — but its compatibility with hundreds of recipes on the Drop Recipes app is what makes it unique. Drop guides you through interactive recipes step-by-step, all of which are designed for one bowl for quick and easy cleanup. $80

kSafe

Whether you’re spending all your time in the kitchen reaching into the cookie jar for just one more cookie or getting distracted by social media, kSafe has a solution for you. An oversized cookie jar, kSafe allows you to set a timer that prohibits you from accessing whatever is inside — whether a cookie or a phone — anywhere from 5 minutes to 10 days. Temptation: gone. $49 

Crock-Pot Smart-Pot Slow Cooker

This upgrade takes the convenience of the Crock-Pot to the next level, letting you check the temperature on your phone or turn it off while you’re still sitting at your desk. Prices Vary

Perfect Drink Smart Scale

Let’s go ahead and take the guess work out of mixology, which can be tricky to nail at home unless you’re a professional bartender. This scale comes with a drink recipe app that gives you instructions on which ingredient to add next, which you pour until you hear a ding. That’s a sure recipe for foolproof cocktails at all your holiday parties. $100

Electric Corkscrew

Let’s face it: A lot of us are probably opening a lot of bottles of wine in the next few months. Make it easier for yourself with an electric corkscrew, which will save you the hassle of pulling and wiggling and potentially getting some cork floating around in your wine. $20

MEATER smart thermometer

If cooking meat makes you nervous — especially when the stakes are as high as they are on, say, Thanksgiving — MEATER can save you a lot of stress. The wireless meat thermometer estimates how long you need to cook any type of meat for the desired results, giving you easy-to-follow instructions in an app on your smart phone. Whether the meat is in the oven, in a pan, or on the grill, it makes sure your dish comes out perfectly. Take that, dry turkey! $69

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is a staff writer for 425 magazine, who graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a double degree in English and French. She likes podcasts, tiny cacti, and Margaret Atwood, and can never say no to a French fry.
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