One of the best places to have an Amazon Echo in your home is in the kitchen, as many people spend most of their time in the area eating breakfast, cooking, preparing meals, and more. Here are some great ways to get the most out of your Amazon Echo in the kitchen.
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When cooking or baking, it’s always nice to know what the conversions are for different measurements, like how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or how many cups are in a gallon. These are basic transformations that are common knowledge to many people, but if you don’t spend much time in the kitchen, you can ask Alex for help.
For example, you can say «Alexa, how many tablespoons are in a cup?» Or «Alexa, how many pints are in a gallon?» Alexa can convert just about anything and give you the units of measurement you need without having to go to Google on your phone.
This is one of the most basic features of the Amazon Echo, but it’s also one of the most useful features in the kitchen. No more fiddling with the oven timer.
Just say «Alexa, set the timer to 20 minutes» and it will start counting down. When the timer hits zero, it will make a noticeable but calm beep that won’t make you jump like a loud beep.
Add stuff to shopping list
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Too often you start doing something and realize that you don’t have eggs, milk, bread, etc. There’s nothing you can do about it unless you decide to take a quick walk around the store right now and then, but with Amazon Echo, you can at least make it easier to add these items to your shopping list.
Just say «Alexa, add [товар] on my shopping list.» From there, when you go to the store, you can open the Alexa app on your phone and view your in-app shopping list, checking off items as you pick them up off the shelves. Or you can send your shopping list to your email or another app like Wunderlist using IFTTT.
If you don’t like cooking, but you understand that it’s a necessary evil, a great way to pass the time and improve your mood is to listen to your favorite music while you’re messing around in the kitchen, and you can do it. easy with Amazon Echo.
You can say something like «Alexa, play some 90s music.» You can also mention a specific artist or choose a station on Pandora. You can even connect your Spotify account to Echo and play one of your playlists on a third-party music service by saying «Alexa, play (playlist name) playlist on Spotify.»
Learn how to make mixed drinks
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If you’re feeling creative and looking to collect exotic alcoholic mixed drinks, you can do so with Alexa helping you along the way.
Bartender is a cool third-party Alexa Skill game that you can install and includes over 12,000 drink recipes to choose from. Just say something like «Alexa, ask the Bartender how I can make Tom Collins.» Alexa will tell you what ingredients you need and how to prepare the drink.
Learn how to make certain dishes
Another useful 3rd party Alexa Skill is called Recipe Buddy and this was one of the few 3rd party skills I could find that could do what it does. Basically, you can say something like «Alexa, ask Recipe Buddy how do I make chicken picata».
Alexa will tell you what ingredients you need and walk you through the steps. However, one issue I’ve had is that while it stops a bit between steps, you have to start over completely if you take too long, which can be a little painful. But if you want, you can just jot down notes while you’re listening and then walk away from it.
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