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How Google Home Helps My Food Blog Workflow

As a cook, one of the things I’m THE WORST at is being clean and organized. OK That’s two things.

I can make the simplest dish, and manage to make the kitchen explode. This also makes it very hard for me to use any touch devices while cooking without getting everything dirty. I also find myself constantly forgetting simple tasks that I should be writing down. Or worse. Leaving food in the oven too long. Enter Google Home.

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Google Home, for me, is like having a third hand in the kitchen. I can keep my hands focused on cooking, while getting a little assistance from Google Home when I need it.

Google Home can answer my questions, create shopping lists, and integrates with other smart devices and services that I already use.

So, while our dinner is cooking in the oven I can say, “Ok Google, Set a timer for 20 minutes” And quicker than I could set a timer on my microwave, or even on my phone.

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With it’s far-field voice recognition I can have my Google Home speaker in my office, saving my Google Home device from oil splatters and anything else bound to happen in my kitchen.  Even at that distance (about 30 feet), I can talk in a normal volume and it has no problems picking up my voice. Really cool.

It can even do the math on converting measurements by saying “Ok Google, How many Teaspoons in a third of a cup?”. Google Home has my back.

And since we’re just waiting for dinner to cook we can play a game of mad libs with Google home. Yes. “Ok Google, Let’s play Mad Libs” Will queue up a game. It’s probably my favorite thing to do.

We have a Chromecast connected integrated into our Google Home App as well, so I can also keep our son entertained while food is waiting to be photographed (Yep, that’s kind of a thing in a food blogger’s home).

So I launch YouTube by saying, “Ok Google, watch videos of Fizzy Toy Show on my TV”. It’s that easy, I don’t have to leave the kitchen and get it set up. That’s what I’m talking about!

My son is addicted to those toy videos on YouTube. Like obsessed. He loves finding new toys to show me and tell me all about. It’s great, but with the free 6 Months of YouTube Red that comes with every Google home purchase, at least I can avoid having to walk over and skip ads for him, which is even better!

If you’re a IFTTT junkie like I am, there’s even IFTTT Recipes to really get down on some fun automation. I’m super excited to start getting a little “smarter” in the house and integrating it all with Google Home!

While I normally listen to Spotify off my desktop speakers, I love how loud this small device can get. It’s got crystal clear highs and I love how rich and full the bass is.

By simply saying, “Ok Google, play some Christmas music” the Google Home has the room filled with Christmas music using my Spotify account. Quicker than I can get it going on my computer by far!

Now that I’m in the Christmas spirit, I might be picking a few Google Home devices up as gifts too!

How I use Google Home to help set reminders, help me keep organized, and answer any of life's difficult cooking questions...

This post has been sponsored by Google. All opinions are my own!

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Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile

I’m an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to’s and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!

  • Zach

    Cool! Guess I’ll need to invest in one of these! Any deals that you know of? Thanks!

    • I know they had a deal earlier but I don’t see any at the moment.. I’ll keep an eye out for you Zach!

  • Michelle Atwood

    That’s really cool!! I’m actually getting a Google Home for my dad for Christmas, and it’s great to know that it will be useful in baking!

  • I have never heard of this before…haha I can think of lots of ways to use this handy little device. I will have to look into this.

    • Yeah! I just found out it can do multiple timers and save items to your shopping list too!

  • This sounds like a seriously handy thing to have! I too trash my kitchen with any sort of food preparation, so this would be really useful for me too!

  • Katrin Nuernberger

    This sounds like a last minute add to my Christmas wish list! Brilliant!

  • Fred Nonterah

    This is amazing!

  • I’ve been reading about this – so very cool!! Great to get another blogger’s perspective. Thanks!

  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    I saw one of these the other day and kept right on going. LOL! I’m usually the last person to pick up the latest gadget, phone, or techy thing but once I do, I feel like I’ve been missing out. Google Home sounds really cool and like a lot of fun! Thanks for posting about it.

    • Oddly enough I’ve been dragging my feed on getting any of this type of stuff, but glad I waited because I’m pretty happy with this one!

  • Tanya Harris

    Google Home sounds great. I have an Echo and use it daily, especially to play music when I’m cooking, baking, and cleaning.

  • Amy Nash

    I’ve never heard of google home. Sounds pretty amazing!

  • Wow! What a nifty little device. We are a robot type of family (my husband works for a company that makes robots) and always have robots running around the house helping out with a variety of tasks. I’ve never really thought of using robots this way. But why not? It really is genius. I mean. . .when I’m working on my recipes, I always have my computer within arms reach away so that I can type the recipe in at that moment. This is so convenient, but you can imagine the clean-up I have to do on my computer afterwards. . .not my idea of a relaxing afternoon. And like you, I’m always having to look up conversions, ingredient substitutions etc. . .which means more mess to that keyboard. Loving this idea as a way to streamline life so that I can spend more time doing the things I actually want to do versus cleaning up my never ending messes.

  • Okay, I need this in my life! It sounds like having a helper in my kitchen or a second brain. Not to mention playing music while I clean up!

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