9 Common Thanksgiving Fails + Easy Fixes

 

We’ve all been there… undercooked poultry, gloopy potatoes, less-than-pretty pumpkin pie…

Yes, Hannah Montana, everyone makes mistakes, but there are easy fixes that can save your rear.

Or at least help cover-up some Turkey Day kitchen flops.

1) Oops, turkey’s still frozen

Take the wrapped bird and plop it in your kitchen sink. Fill the sink with cool (not hot!) water. Be sure to change out the water every 30 minutes–it takes 30 minutes per pound to thaw that sucker. Immediately cook your turkey once it’s completely thawed. Phew.

2) Raw turkey

Carefully cut the turkey into pieces, keeping the legs and breasts whole. Place your sliced up turkey on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven. Check on your bird every 15 minutes until the internal temp of the turkey is 165 degrees or until the juices run clear. Serve it up!

3) Dry bird

Douse that thing with lots of gravy, plus make your mashed potatoes more creamy and buttery. Or slice up the turkey, put the meat in a pan with stock, then slowly simmer to introduce plenty of moisture. Did we mention butter?

4) Gluey mashed potatoes

Fix em up (or simply hide the problem).

Option one: create a well in the center of the potatoes, add a generous pat of butter, then sprinkle a bit of paprika right on top. Presentation is key, especially when your taters aren’t texturally on point.

Option two: spread your potatoes in a baking dish then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. The pleasant crunch of the breadcrumbs paired with melty cheese will distract guests from the camouflaged layer of goo.

5) Lumpy mashers

Lumpy potatoes call for a strainer or sieve. Things are going to get a bit messy, but you’ve probably dirtied about 37 dishes/utensils/gadgets already, so what’s one more added to the pile? After your potatoes get some strainer action, serve them up with dollops (plural) of butter for additional creaminess. Bonus points if you use browned butter.

6) Gravy shortage

You should always whip up a boatload of gravy. Quadruple your recipe… you can freeze leftovers if necessary. Otherwise, get creative and add a few glugs of wine or stock to stretch out your gravy supply.

7) Cracked pumpkin pie

Just add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top. Voila! Everyone knows it’s the taste that matters most. (Besides, who’s going to turn down pie?)

8) Overcooked veggies

Add some crunch and extra flavor with toasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts!), bright lemon zest, olive oil and fresh herbs. And let’s be real, no one is actually excited about the veggies anyway.

9) Cold turkey

To keep your Turkey Day feast nice and warm, have some chicken stock simmering on the stove or lots of hot gravy on hand. Ladle over the turkey, potatoes, and stuffing to add moisture and heat. Problem solved!

 

And remember…

Create a schedule and plan ahead. Prepare dishes in advance to reduce stress Thanksgiving day.

And if you somehow manage to burn your whole kitchen down, there’s always Chinese food.

 

 

A change when adding a public vs private recipe

We’ve made a change in our add-recipe functionality: public recipes, once posted publicly, cannot be changed back to private.

Choose Public or Private at Recipe Posting Time

When you add a recipe to BigOven, you have an option to make it public or private. Once you choose to make it public, you cannot then make that recipe private. You can however still delete a recipe, and you can make a private copy of a recipe, but you cannot make that recipe private which you originally posted publicly. If you want to keep a recipe private, you must now choose “Private” at the time you create the recipe on BigOven. Recipes that are private can later be made public, but not the other way around.
You can add recipes in many different ways:
  • Type in the recipe into the web form (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
  • Copy and Paste from text (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
  • Clip a recipe from the web (these are public, with instructions leading off to the site in question)
  • Let BigOven type it in for you, via RecipeScan (these are made private by default)
  • Add the recipe via the free apps, by visiting My Recipes > Add Recipe (+)
Once a recipe is chosen to be public, that recipe’s public/private status cannot be changed.

Why the change?

BigOven is a community of cooks sharing our best recipes, plus powerful recipe organization software for personal collections. When recipes are shared publicly, any BigOven cook coming across that recipe might favorite them, add them to a grocery list or meal plan, or add them to a folder. If the author of that recipe then makes the recipe private, it can cause a “disappearance” of the recipe to those users who have marked it for later. Also, going forward, if you have a private recipe and, say, share it with someone via the special, coded URL, your friend will still have access to that recipe if they, say, add it to a folder or favorite it.
We want you to be able to enjoy the many delicious public recipes available to you, without ever worrying about that recipe becoming inaccessible.
So next time you add a recipe, please remember to ask yourself: Do you want to share it with the BigOven community or do you want to keep it to yourself? Take your pick. Happy cooking!

The BigOven Grocery List is Now Available on Your Wrist

The BigOven Watch app helps home cooks with their grocery shopping experience

BigOven is launching its first-ever Apple Watch app today. The free app is available with the BigOven iPhone app in the App Store. Now grocery shopping for home cooks is as easy as a few quick taps on your wrist.

Enabling BigOven for Watch

Download BigOven’s 11.0.6 app version, then go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Launch Watch. In ‘My Watch’ tab, scroll until you find BigOven and tap on it. Slide to on position to show app on Apple Watch. Go back to My Watch main screen and tap ‘Dock’ to position BigOven as one of the apps you see in your Watch dock.

Adding Items to Your Grocery List

Add items as usual to your grocery list using your iPhone app or the website. The BigOven Apple Watch app will sync with your iPhone grocery list.

At the Store

Now when you go shopping, you can free up your hands for maneuvering your cart through the aisles, keeping your phone in your pocket or purse if you wish. Use your Apple Watch to tap items off your grocery list. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
    

Type In Your Recipes on Your Mobile Device, Quickly & Easily

Do you like adding your own recipes to BigOven on your mobile device? We’ve just released a simplified version of the input form to help you out.

Now you can easily type in the most pertinent information for your recipe: recipe title, ingredients, and preparation. Visit your My Recipes area, and (Android) tap ‘add recipe’ or (iOS) click the Plus button.

Keep in mind you can also visit any desktop web browser, sign into your BigOven account, add the recipe, and those recipes will be synced with your mobile devices.

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And remember, if you want to add recipes in other ways, you can use BigOven’s RecipeScan–take a photo of a recipe and we’ll digitize it for you — and our bookmarklet, Recipe Clipper.

Happy cooking from the BigOven team!

 

Are you an avid BigOven iPad user? We want your input!

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Come join BigOven’s Early Access Program

BigOven is looking for cooks who like to use BigOven on their iPad. Come join our Early Access Program and provide us with feedback on the upcoming iPad redesign.

With an inside-track to development, you’ll have a chance to voice your opinion directly into the product development process. To get started, please send an email: Request early access to BigOven apps.

Thanks and Happy Cooking!

 

What’s available Today? The BigOven iOS Widget

Now you can have a BigOven widget in your Today View

 

 

Can’t remember what you have planned for tonight? Or perhaps you need some recipe inspiration? The BigOven widget can help you figure out what’s for dinner.

 

Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications on your iOS device. You’ll see Today View with info on weather, news, stocks, and your favorite apps. Add BigOven to that view to easily access the BigOven app.

 

How do I add the BigOven widget to my Today View?

 

1. Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications screen on your iOS device to get to Today View. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.

 

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2. Add the BigOven widget to the top section by tapping the + button. Reorder your widgets by touching and holding the three horizontal bars next to the apps.

 

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3. Tap Done when you’re finished and you’ll see the BigOven widget in Today View. If you have something on your menu planner, the widget will show it to you. If you don’t use your menu planner, the widget will display our seasonal recipes.

 

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Let us know what you think of the BigOven widget. What other uses can it be more helpful for you?

How to set up BigOven’s iOS Share Extension

The newly released iOS 10.4 contains the BigOven Share extension. Share extensions appear in the ‘share sheet’ window that pops up whenever you tap the share icon on your iOS device.

How to enable the BigOven Share Extension:

1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to save. Tap the Share extension.
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2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left and choose ‘More’ option.
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 3) You will be in ‘Activities’ where you can toggle on/off and reorder your apps. Find BigOven and toggle it on.
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 4) To easily find BigOven next time you want to share, reorder the list and add BigOven closer to the top. Tap Done.
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 5) Now you’ll be able to see BigOven as a share option.
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That’s all there is to it. Start sharing more recipes and happy cooking!

BigOven’s iOS 10.4 release lets you share with friends and family

BigOven 10.4 release includes the BigOven Share extension

 If you are a big fan of sharing, we’ve got something really useful for you! If you happen to be browsing around your mobile phone’s web browser, for instance, and find an interesting recipe, you can easily share by using the BigOven Share extension. How do I set it up?

How does it work?

1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to share. Tap the Share extension.
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2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left until you find BigOven. Tap BigOven:
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 3) You’ll see a pop up appear with the recipe info. Tap ‘Post.’
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 4) Go to your BigOven app and tap on the Activity icon (bell). You’ll see a message about the recipe you just added.
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That’s it! Enjoy and share away. Happy cooking!

BigOven for Android 5.2 release is now available!

Drumroll please! For you menu planners out there, it’s finally here! With this update, you can now enjoy the following features:

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Change dates, servings, and meals in Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Menu Plan.” Add a recipe or note, choose a date, select a meal option, change servings if need be, and press ADD.  If you change your mind, do a long press on the recipe or note and a screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the save icon when you’re done.

 

Remove recipes and notes from Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes you’d like to remove. Once selected, tap the trash icon to delete. Another option is to do a long press on the recipe or note. A screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the trash icon to delete.

 

Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Grocery List.” Select the recipes and notes, then press ADD TO GROCERY LIST located in the upper right corner.  Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes. Once selected, tap the grocery icon and your items will be added to the grocery list.

 

Share your plan with friends and family

In the Menu Planner, tap the share icon and select recipes or notes you’d like to share with friends and family.  Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and make your selection. Once selected, tap the share icon to send to friends and family.

 

Marked Grocery List items get out of your way

And for you shoppers out there, we haven’t forgotten about you! Marked items now automatically move to the bottom of your list, making shopping faster and easier.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” in the GooglePlay Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!

Meet the all-new BigOven Android App Menu Planner

Let’s get planning!

Eating out can quickly rack up costs and calories. Why not plan your meals to help save time and money? Plus, get the added benefit of spending time with your loved ones over a delicious, more nutritious, homemade meal. Meals enjoyed at home create memories, stories and conversations. The new BigOven menu planner makes it easy to plan meals ahead of time.

Getting Started

Get started with over 350,000 recipes on BigOven or get inspiration from our Get Ideas section. Choose a recipe that strikes your fancy, go to recipe detail, and add it to the menu planner by tapping the red (+) button and choosing Menu Planner. Pick the date and meal option of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the menu planner, you can access all of your recipes — Favorites, Try, Added, as well as Custom Folders if you’re a Pro subscriber. To add a recipe to the menu plan, tap the red (+) button to type in one of your recipes, then pick a date and meal option. Opting for takeout or have a certain wine to pair with dinner? Add notes as a reminder or to help you plan what you’re making.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can plan meals a week at a time or a month out. It’s up to you.

Upcoming features

We will be adding a handful of features and improvements to the menu planner in the coming months: the ability to edit recipes, transfer items from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think about the redesign. Leave a comment below or send us feedback. Thanks and happy cooking!
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