Do you have an Amazon Echo connected speaker in your kitchen? Whether it’s setting the timer, making grocery lists, or ordering food, in this tutorial, discover five Alexa voice commands that will make your kitchen life easier in your connected home.
When baking or cooking, the smartphone quickly turns into an object that is often impossible to touch. Indeed, to scroll through a recipe, you have to press the screen with greasy fingers. In this case, voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri can help you. In this tutorial, we’ll show you five Alexa voice commands that will make your life in the kitchen easier.
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You don’t even need a smart Echo speaker, although voice control and comfort are particularly good, if not excellent. You can also configure and use Alexa on your smartphone without any additional hardware.
Set and use the timer
Let’s start with the simplest and arguably the most intuitive voice command for Alexa. High-precision timers can be activated at any time, keeping you informed, for example, of the perfect cooking time for your pasta. To do this, simply say:
- “Alexa, set a timer for XY minutes and XY seconds”.
- “Alexa, set a timer for oven/paste/etc. to XY minutes and XY seconds”.
- “Alexa, how much time is left?”
- “Alexa, add XY minutes to my timer”.
After the stated time has elapsed, your Echo device or smartphone will sound an audible alarm. However, especially with longer timers, it can be practical to occasionally ask for the remaining time. That’s why I’ve added some advanced commands for controlling timers. If you regularly use the timer function, you can also buy a beautiful display as a wall clock with the Echo Wall Clock.
Making shopping lists
Once you get used to using Alexa as your connected kitchen assistant, making shopping lists quickly becomes second nature. For example, if the butter is running low, just say the correct voice command in the kitchen and the butter will be added to the shopping list. With the correct order, butter can also be ordered directly. Natively this is done by an Alexa command, but you can also sync your Bring shopping lists with Alexa.
- “Alexa, add XY to my shopping list”
- “Alexa, add XY to my Prime Now cart”
- “Alexa, add XY to my Amazon Fresh cart”
You can then view the shopping lists in the Alexa app on your smartphone or have them read again. With paper and pen in hand, you can write them down and remember what ran out in the past few days.
Order food with Alexa
Shopping with Alexa is certainly possible, but anything but practical in my opinion. Alexa always adds products that you have already ordered from Amazon. Plus, the voice assistant doesn’t ask for quantities, colors, or sizes, and when used without a screen, placing an order is still a bit like buying a shovel in a pokemon.
- “Alexa, add XY to my Prime Now cart”.
- “Alexa, add XY to my Amazon Fresh cart”.
To test the store feature, you need to enable it in the Alexa app. To do this, go to settings, then to account settings, select voice purchases and activate it.
Get food information
What else is in mayonnaise and can I eat eggplant raw? Alexa will be happy to find this information for you via Google search or the built-in answering function. Of course you can let your creativity run wild and experiment.
The skills of the “Cooking & Recipes” category also allow you to extend Alexa’s cooking features. For example with the “core temperature” function, which can be perfectly combined with a connected meat thermometer. In the linked category on Amazon you will find all the skills available in this category.
Automate actions in the kitchen
You’ve already shown how to use Alexa to automate your morning routine. You can apply the same tips to tasks in the kitchen. For example, you can automate the cooking of rice with a traditional rice cooker and a suitable 5-minute timer.
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Here too, plugged-in outlets or even plugged-in switches that push the buttons for you will help.
And what about recipes?
Connected food processors such as the Thermomix or Monsieur Cuisine are very popular, mainly because they guide novice cooks through recipes step by step. With an Echo connected speaker, this was also possible for a long time via the Chef Recipe skill. Unfortunately it has been removed from the library and the alternatives to the Skill Catalog are not really recommended.
What are your tips for using Alexa in the kitchen? Let’s discuss it in the comments!