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Using the iPad in the Kitchen


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#1 Chris Hennes

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 12:04 PM

In many ways, the iPad is the ideal kitchen computer, with no moving parts to get grimy, no external anything to get caught, chopped, or destroyed, and a single flat easy-to-keep-clean input surface. I basically use it purely as a web browser, I don't have any actual cooking apps installed on it, though I'm sure there are some.

Functionally, the first order of business is finding a case that is acceptable for kitchen use. This means it must be very water-resistant, must COVER all the ports (something almost no cases do, since they want you to be able to access them), and must be either easy to clean, or disposable. Enter the super classy, always-high-tech solution invented by our good friends at Ziploc:

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Seriously, after considering all the other cases I could find, this was the best (and cheapest!) solution. I can leave the iPad in its normal case, and just slip it into a Ziploc bag. When my wife wants it back, all I have to do to clean it is take it out and throw the bag away. Perfect.

Anyone else using their iPad as a kitchen computer? Any tips or tricks, or great apps you have found?

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#2 jsmeeker

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:08 PM

can you actually work with the iPad through the plastic bag?

I imagine either hanging the iPad from a cabinet door our using some sort of stand/mount.

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#3 Chris Hennes

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:13 PM

Yeah, the plastic bag doesn't appear to affect its functionality in any way. It's not different from one of the plastic screen protectors, really.

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#4 percival

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:27 PM

If you're going to bag it, why not a sous vide iPad?

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Just did it right now for kicks. I took a bad photo -- the screen is clear. Reynolds Handi-Vac bag. I actually opened it a bit and let in a tiny bit of air to let the button depress to make it usable. Just push the air bubbles and creases off of the screen to make it flat.

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#5 Chris Hennes

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:31 PM

Oh, very clever! Using the Handi-vac bag lets you easily remove and reseal whenever you want, I like it! My only problem is that I put mine in the bag with the little stand popped up so the typing angle is better, I don't know how well it would work.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:37 PM

Ah I use my iPad in the kitchen primarily just to look up a recipe or notes. Grab, drop, cook, grab again. Keeps water and food gunk off, and you don't have to wash your hands. If you need a stand, just find a place to put an iPad coat hanger stand.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:09 PM

Might want to be careful with overheating. Sealing it all up like that it's going to have a hard time venting...

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:16 PM

I don't think it has a fan in it, and there are a lot of cases out there that are a lot better insulators than this flimsy bag. I doubt that is an issue here.

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#9 percival

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:38 PM

Rick -- iPad's have no fans. They don't even get hot. My cellphone gets hotter.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:10 AM

I love my iPad in my kitchen. I've been using Evernote to flag recipes I want to try (you use an Evernote browser plugin or you can email your Evernote account a link and it automatically files it.) I'm slowly moving recipes I have on my computer in documents into Evernote as well. I also use the Epicurious app and I have Bittman's iPhone app but haven't cooked from it yet. And of course, there's the web.

I use an M-Edge trip folder case which is not particularly kitchen friendly as it's fabric. However I have a eating bar in my kitchen near the prep area so I put it there. Since my case doesn't include a stand my husband made me a very high-tech one out of a piece of cardboard. Works great.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 02:19 PM

I use my iPad in the kitchen constantly. Because I use MacGourmet, all my recipes are on my iPad. I either use it without a case, but on the keyboard dock, or I use this one, with a screen protector
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 06:43 PM

Geez. I've been using my iPod touch in the kitchen for the last year entirely in the nude (it, not me). It's gotten wet, spattered with hot oil and tomato sauce, covered with chocolate fingerprints, and more. Wipes clean just fine. An iPad is just an oversized iPod touch. It's sturdier than you think.


 


#13 BonVivant

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 05:02 AM

here's someone's iPad in the cupboard in action. clever!

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:54 PM

Just found the new Culinary Fundamentals IPad app. Over 260 culinary skills videos on all sorts of kitchen techniques and processes.

So far despite setting up in metric, mine seems to have Fahrenheit measurements in the videos. Being on this site often, however, I'm somewhat used to that and will use my Ipad Convert app to turn it into metric.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:20 AM

I have an i-Touch and it has become a constant companion in my kitchen. On it I keep my recipes, a list of ingredients I need to use up, my shopping lists, my kitchen notebook, a list of recipes I want to try and various other notes and such. I intend to put my freezer inventory on it soon.

I love that I have a calculator and unit converter at my finger tips and can quickly google for answers to any culinary questions that arise.

I don't have any fancy stand for it but do slip it into a plastic bag to keep it from being splattered with flour, grease or what have you.
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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:05 PM

Has anyone else downloaded the new Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me HD app?

There are 56 recipes in all. They are coded by difficulty, season, a shopping and equipment list, and a wine suggestion.

Each recipe is presented conventionally and all have a video of Gordon cooking it himself (cleverly edited to make it brief but cover all the steps). There are also 10 cooking tip videos, covering things such as slicing an onion, making caramel, zesting citrus, etc.

On pressing the "cook this recipe," you are moved step by step through the recipe with a pictures of what needs to be done.

I like the way it is presented and suspect that we will see clones of this one in the future.

Cost is £4.99 (UK), $7.99 (US), €5.99 (Europe), and $9.99 (Australian).

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#17 Jenni

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 06:17 AM

Not an ipad in the kitchen, but it certainly mixes ipads with food:
What day is it today? :P

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:11 AM

Nope, no ipads in my kitchen. I honestly can't see why

Other than for baking, I don't use recipies. When baking, I use one of my "litle black books", which are written in my "code" of listing ingredients by order, and the weights beside them--nothing else.

Just don't "get it" with small devices like I-pads. All that informtion concentrated in such a small package--prone to dropping or worse, and destroying all that information.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:22 AM

Just don't "get it" with small devices like I-pads. All that informtion concentrated in such a small package--prone to dropping or worse, and destroying all that information.

I think about it exactly opposite: with a written record you have one copy, easily destroyed. The stuff I my ipad lives on the pad, the computer, and two different backups of the computer. It's far safer if the data is important.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:25 AM

I have a bunch of cookbooks now on my Kindle and to keep it clean in the kitchen I put it in a plastic freezer bag - Ziplock or similar and hang it at eye level wherever I am working.
The plastic is thin enough to allow the buttons to be operated even with a wet or sticky finger.

The Jumbo Hefty bags (2 1/2 gal) fit the IPad and similar type instruments.
Hint: They are much cheaper at Walmart.
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Posted 01 April 2011 - 09:29 AM


Just don't "get it" with small devices like I-pads. All that informtion concentrated in such a small package--prone to dropping or worse, and destroying all that information.

I think about it exactly opposite: with a written record you have one copy, easily destroyed. The stuff I my ipad lives on the pad, the computer, and two different backups of the computer. It's far safer if the data is important.


I'm with Chris, only I've taken to keeping all my recipes & notes in Evernote. There's no way I can lose it, I can easily add notes and modify them cleanly (no crossed out notes or corrections), print out or email recipes when people ask for them, and I have my recipes with me everywhere. It's great to be sitting at my computer, read a new recipe, hit one button and it's in my "recipes to try" folder. Then next time I'm at the grocery store and happen to remember that recipe, I can whip out my phone, bring up Evernote and there it is, I can pick up any necessary ingredients. When I get home, it's on my iPad in the kitchen and I cook from it.

I can't imagine going back to pen & paper. This is so much easier. The only problem at all is I sometimes have to tear the iPad out of my husband's hands because he's trying to web surf while I'm cooking!

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:07 PM

Relevant to this topic: Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad 2 lets your iPad double as a fridge magnet:

very useful in the kitchen!

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 07:46 PM

And then there is this... http://techbuzzblog....restaurant.html
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:45 PM

And then there is this... http://techbuzzblog....restaurant.html



I wouldn't touch food that was served on anything that couldn't be sterilized.
That entire concept is insane. Are you sure that wasn't an April Fool joke?
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#25 gfweb

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:58 PM

They throw out two or three ipads a day? Yeah right. That's the food cost for several days. I smell BS.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:01 AM

And then there is this... http://techbuzzblog....restaurant.html



Hmm, I posted this a few posts up and everybody ignored it....

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 05:29 AM


And then there is this... http://techbuzzblog....restaurant.html



Hmm, I posted this a few posts up and everybody ignored it....


Sorry!! I did not catch your post earlier. Great joke though!
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 08:24 AM

Now, there's an official kitchen cover for the ipad: the Chef Sleeve.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 11:20 AM

I use my iPad quite a bit in the kitchen and have 2 apps (in addition to the always-useful Google) that I really like.

1) Paprika
What I love about this app is that it lets me import recipes from anywhere. I used to tear out and file recipes from cooking magazines every month (I have bulging paper files and a lot of pages that have never been filed and consequently can't be found when I want them), but nowadays I have my iPad handy and when I find a recipe I like, I browse to it in Paprika, save and tag it. Very, very handy. Once I've tried a recipe, I can record notes, ingredient changes, etc. I can also email the shopping list to myself so I can have it with me in the grocery store (yeah, I could do this from the iPad, but I don't like the idea of leaving my iPad in the shopping cart when I'm sorting through produce--that seems like a recipe for theft.)

2) How to Cook Everything
I wish I could edit the recipes in this iPad version of Mark Bittman's book, but other than that I can't think of a single mean thing to say about this app. It's the first I've seen that really takes advantage of the technology instead of just showing shiny pages - the integrated timers are flipping genius. And the recipe information, including notes, variations, and tips on technique are great information.

I have a charging stand that allows the iPad to stand upright (no picture, sorry), which works well for me. I just set it up out of the reach of splatters and refer to it like I'd refer to any other cookbook.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:44 PM

I'm using spreadsheets a lot in the kitchen, with weights of all ingredients scaled by the amount of a main ingredient (say, pork shoulder for a sausage). Does anyone have experience using spreadsheets with a non-iPad tablet? Both app and device recommendations are welcome.
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