Spotify’s “Turkey Timer” Will Match Your Bird to the Perfect Playlist
Spotify has created a tool to make Thanksgiving prep a lot more enjoyable. The popular music streaming service has created a “turkey timer” that generates a playlist based on exactly how long your turkey takes to cook.
Turkey timer takes out all the guesswork—simply choose the weight of your turkey and select whether your turkey is stuffed or not. Then, the timer will tell you the recommended cooking time, which Spotify generates based on the USDA-recommended roasting timetable.
Then, choose from one of Spotify’s six, pre-made playlists: Bastin’ (top pop hits), All the Seasonings (hip hop and R&B), Deep Fried (country), Fam Faves (oldies and goodies), Holiday Countdown (holiday music), or Sabor de Sangsgiving (Latin). Then, once you’ve picked your jams, click “bake this playlist”, and select the playlist graphic to open it in your Spotify app. (A quick note: you'll need to have the app installed on your desktop or mobile device to get to the playlist. It doesn't work in the web player right now.)
For the next few hours, while you cook your Thanksgiving sides and bake your holiday desserts, simply enjoy the music. Just one tip from Spotify: “Playlists are best left unshuffled—the final track will remind you to take your food out of the oven, as well as call your hungry guests to the dinner table.”
When you’re done with dinner, make sure to queue up Spotify’s bonus “Stuffed Snooze” playlist. Your tryptophan-induced sleep will come even quicker with soothing acoustic melodies lulling you off into dreamland.
Another tip? Even though Spotify bases cooking times on USDA’s recommendations, always check your bird to make sure it’s done. Use a meat thermometer to check the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and then again in the thickest part of the breast. It should reach 165 degrees in both spots. If it’s not quite there yet, feel free to keep the kitchen dance party going a little longer while your bird cooks.