Tivo – The Ultimate Cooking Tool

February 26th, 2007 by Jeff in General Cooking

Let me preface this by saying that I am using Tivo in the general sense of the term.  Any decent DVR will work providing it works in concert with your cable/satellite providers channel guide.

For those of you in the dark about what Tivo is, here is a quick, non-technical overview.  Basically it is just a very smart VCR.  Instead of using tape, it has a built in hard drive (just like your PC) and records all your programs digitally (DVR = digital video recorder).  You can set it up to record shows for an entire season with just one click on your remote.  You can also browse through a guide that will show you upcoming shows on any channel you want.  While browsing, you can tell it to record this show, or that show.  You can read a short description on each show before you decide.

Some cable companies have their own DVR.  Tivo is a brand name and that company hands down, beats every other DVR because it is so intuitive and easy to use.  If your cable provider supports it, go with Tivo every time.

So how does this help when it comes to cooking?  Well, if you haven’t found out yet, there are many cooking shows out there being broad-casted every day.  There is even a channel dedicated to cooking (The Food Network).  You can get many great ideas by watching these cooks whip up their recipes right in front of you.

Using your Tivo, browse for example, the Food Network Channel and go through each program and read the description of the show.  It will usually spell out what the chef is going to cook in that episode.  St. Patty’s day is coming up and you will notice that ahead of time, there are many Irish related recipe programs.  Click record, you might find a new technique or recipe that will come in handy for your party.

Often you will find a show featuring your favorite ingredient.  I know I usually hit the record button on any show relating to Duck, or Prime Rib.

This technique will provide you reams of new information that can only help you in your culinary journey!

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