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6 Best Free Thanksgiving Apps to Make Your Dinner Planning Easier and Better

Posted by Diana Keller on November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. It will be one of the busiest times of the year if you're hosting a get together with family and friends. Browse recipes, plan your dinner, get grocery shopping list, create Thanksgiving meal to fill many hungry stomaches - it's easy to get overwhelmed. So we thought we should present some of the top Thanksgiving apps to do the work for you and make your holiday easier.

Whether you're a first time Thanksgiving cook or the family's expert chef, these best Thanksgiving apps will help you prepare everything correctly and make your dinner planning easier. Here is our round up of the best 6 iPhone/iPad apps to make your Thanksgiving dinner run as smoothly as possible.

Check out the Top 6 Free iPhone/iPad Thanksgiving Apps

#1 250,000+ Recipes and Grocery List - BigOvenCompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Free


With 250,000 recipes, a grocery list and menu planning tips, the BigOven app should be your first stop when planning your Thanksgiving holiday. You can organize your recipes, put them in the cloud and access them anywhere. Glance at complete menus that have been uploaded by other and then take pictures and add your own recipes. BigOven gets you inspired and organized in the kitchen and on the go.

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#2 Food52 HotlineCompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Free

Food52 Hotline

Have a Thanksgiving cooking question with dinner just an hour away? Can't find the right ingredient at the store? Pie crust too soggy? Just in time for all of your burning Thanksgiving questions on the go. The FOOD52 Hotline app delivers fast, personalized answers from experienced home cooks and well-known food authorities to all of your food and cooking questions.

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#3 CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner CoachCompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Free

CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach

Even professional cooks say cooking a Thanksgiving meal is stressful. CHOW comes to the rescue! This app guides you through everything Thanksgiving like a personal trainer for cooks–from prep to leftovers–with a strategic plan that covers everything from shopping to cooking times. This app allows you to pick out all the recipes/dishes you would like to cook for Thanksgiving dinner, organizes the recipes, creates a comprehensive shoppiing list, then details your prep and cooking work for the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

The app is free and only contains 9 basic recipes from which to choose (enough to create a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings), but it really helps you get organized. For first-time Thanksgiving hosts, simple is crucial. Free, easy-to-use, and very thorough, the Chow Thanksgiving Dinner Coach is a must for Thanksgiving dinner hosts.

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#4 Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine CookingCompatible with iPad. Free

Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking

With Thanksgiving Menu Maker, you have all the recipes you need in one place, plus it allows you to create your personalized menu. When you find a recipe that you want to cook for this Thanksgiving, just add it to your menu. Choose your favorite starters, main dishes, sides and deserts, and create an entire Thanksgiving Menu. All the recipes with high-quality photos and videos are categorized among multiple courses including Main Dishes, Starters, Dessert and Sides. Through Recipe selection screens, users are able to know the recipes which are inside the each course.

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#5 Epicurious Recipes & Shopping ListCompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Free

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

Search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks. On the other hand, there’s also a Featured section that offers rotating categories filled with suggestions like Thanksgiving, Weekend Brunch, Quick & Easy, or even Spring Cocktails.

If you're not sure how you want to cook your turkey, this is the app for you. There are a ton of turkey recipes, including Clementine-Salted Turkey with Redeye Gravy and Sage Butter-Roasted Turkey. It also has nutrition information available for many recipes, if anyone has specific concerns.

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#6 EvernoteCompatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Free


Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Find the recipes you like and clip them into Evernote. It's easy to organize them using their tags and notebooks system. With Evernote you can either just shop off the recipes or create grocery lists yourself. New York 'Top 10 Must-Have App'.

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We think these 6 free iPhone/iPad apps will truly keep you sane during a busy holiday season. Thanksgiving wishes for you and your family. Have a MID-FULL Thanksgiving!