5 ideas for utilizing an iPad in your kitchen

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The iPad ($319.47 at Amazon.com) is a flexible kitchen device. It may well act as cookbook, kitchen timer and unit converter. Here’s a handful of tricks to make the iPad probably the most useful kitchen support for the vacations — or any evening of the week.

Do not sleep on me, iPad

It is the worst: You are smack in the midst of meal prep — with messy palms — and also you go to examine the subsequent step of the recipe solely to search out your iPad has shut off. It is a good suggestion for each battery life and privateness to have your iPad shut itself off after a set time period, however I’d flip off autolock for occasions when it’s going to spend hours in your kitchen counter.

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To disable autolock, go to Settings > Show & Brightness > Auto-Lock and choose By no means. Or, should you’re nervous about your battery life or prying eyes, choose 15 minutes.

Get a superb timer app

iOS has a built-in timer, however with the turkey within the oven and potatoes, Brussels sprouts and no matter else on the range, a Thanksgiving feast requires greater than a single timer. There are a selection of free iPad apps that offer you a number of timers. I take advantage of the Timer+ app as a result of it lets me label the timers so I do know what every alarm means when issues are actually cooking in my kitchen.


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Preserve it clear

I do not suppose you could run out and purchase a brand new iPad case particularly for kitchen use, however you additionally don’t need it sitting bare in your counter, the place it is prone to encounter splashes and spills. If you do not have an iPad stand or a case with a built-in stand, you may take the DIY route and flip a coat hanger into an iPad stand. I’ve seen folks use a ziplock bag as a display screen protector — you should use the touchscreen by means of the plastic — however I believe such a precaution is extra hassle than it is value. I simply wipe the display screen clear together with the counters after I’ve completed the dishes.

Preserve it cool

What is the expression, if you cannot stand the warmth, keep out of the kitchen? I am extra nervous about damaging my iPad from kitchen warmth than kitchen grease. It sounds apparent however I am going to say it anyway: Do not arrange your iPad subsequent to your oven or range, regardless of how handy such a spot could also be. Preserve it away from warmth and open flames. Apple recommends maintaining it between 32 and 95 levels Fahrenheit (zero and 35 levels Celsius). 

Siri the converter

Siri will help preserve your iPad clear. When questioning what number of tablespoons are in a cup, for instance, as an alternative of tapping away in Safari or the Google search app, ask Siri. With the “Hey Siri” command enabled (Settings > Siri & Search > Hear for “Hey Siri”) you will get your reply with no need to the touch your iPad.


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For extra Thanksgiving ideas, discover ways to defrost a turkey and how you can brine a turkey.

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