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Top 5 Cooking Alexa Skills to Help You Become a Pro in the Kitchen

At this point I’m sure everyone already knows about Amazon EchoEcho Dot and its Alexa skills.  But how do you decide which skills to enable that will actually work for you?  I use Alexa a lot, in fact I have her in every  room in my home.  That’s how much I like her and how helpful she has been to me.

The one place I use Alexa often is in the kitchen.  Let’s face it, the kitchen is the hub of our home.  It’s where everything happens.  We cook, eat, and gather during special events.  It’s where the magic happens.  So with that being said, Alexa is practically part of the family.  She helps with daily reminders, news flash, entertains us with music as we cook or eat, create our to-do lists, schedules our activities and now she helps us cook in the kitchen!  Yup, she can even do that.  From finding new recipes, reading each step out loud to us as we cook or bakes, to even education us on how we should store certain fruits and vegetables.  I know, you had no idea.  So after much research and reviewing the latest skills for cooking, I selected the top must-have cooking Alexa skills.

Love and Lemons

This skill allows you to use your Amazon Alexa-enabled device to search, browse, and cook recipes from Love and Lemons, a healthy, seasonal, whole food-based cooking blog. You’ll be able to follow along with recipes step-by-step, as well as pause and resume the skill to do things such as setting Alexa’s timer or playing music.

Fruit Stand

This skill helps you find out whether you should put fruits or vegetables in the refrigerator or in the pantry. For example, you can ask Fruit Stand, “How do I store bananas?”

Ingredients Sub

Ingredient Sub is a handy and simple tool to help with many common ingredient substitutions while cooking. Ran out of brown sugar? Ask Ingredient Sub what you can use instead and it will respond if there is a substitute, with specific quantities and various options. Includes over 100 common ingredient substitutions.

Mini Chef

You tell Mini Chef what you want to cook, and he searches through a growing list of top rated cooking recipes, sends you the full ingredients list to your phone and then goes through the recipe instructions step by step till you complete your culinary masterpiece.

All Recipes

The Allrecipes Skill from Amazon Alexa helps you get dinner done right every night by providing convenient hands-free access to 60,000 of America’s favorite recipes from Allrecipes.com; there is no need to tap, swipe, type, or squint to get the five-star results your family craves.

The Allrecipes Skill provides you with the convenience of hands-free access to recipes that perfectly match whatever you’re craving or need – from everyday quick dinners to crowd-pleasing appetizers sure to be the hit of your party. Using just your voice, Alexa quickly finds recipes that match your desired dish type, ingredients you have on hand, your available cooking time, and/or your preferred cooking method. Prefer to make a family favorite recipe from Allrecipes? No problem, Alexa can retrieve recipes saved to your Allrecipes Favorites. Need to make a quick trip to the store for ingredients? Just ask Alexa to send the recipe to your phone. When you’re ready to start cooking, Alexa takes you every step of the way from start to finish by providing voice guided step-by-step cooking instructions at a pace that works just right for you. Curious what tips, tweaks and variations other cooks made to the recipe? Just ask Alexa to share reviews.

If you have your own list of favorite cooking skills, please do share.  Post in comments and tell me which one’s I should test out.  I’m always looking for more fun Alexa skills!

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About the author

Hi, my name is Lala Castro and I take pictures of my food and travel adventures (also, my friends pitch in). I love different foods from all over the world and enjoy it with a glass of wine. All though I'm a foodie, I'm also a passionate geek at heart. In fact, sometimes you'll see me covering tech segments on Univision. Follow me on Instagram if you want to know more about me: @sparklinglala

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