Ink and paper cookbooks are things of the past. The best recipes today are located in the virtual universe, and the best way to access them when cooking is with your iPad. For some, the ideal is an iPad mini in a kitchen-friendly iPad mini case.
But what’s involved with taking your iPad into the kitchen? Here we’ll go over the best apps and the best accessories for kitchen use. Whether you’d like to use your iPad to follow along with cooking videos, create an inventory of your pantry, or make a meal plan (complete with shopping lists!) for the next three weeks, there are some great solutions out there!
Must-Have Kitchen Apps For Your iPad
Ready to cook, but need a visual guide to get you through the steps? Download Kitchen Stories. This beautiful cooking app boasts a large recipe collection, and there are step by step visuals for every single one. For some recipes you’ll also find videos that walk you through the process. The app is well designed and intuitive, with abilities to favorite and archive recipes you’ve tried and want to do again— or that simply set your mouth watering when scrolling through the categories.
Short on time? Have a look at the 20 minute dishes, and find something that’ll be ready before you have to be out of the door. Wondering what to do with all that pasta? Browse through pasta variations. If you’re unsure about some basic kitchen techniques, no worries: Kitchen stories has a whole repertoire of video tutorials walking you through basic cooking methods, tips and trick.
If you like using recipes you’ve found online while browsing the web, one app you need is Whisk. Whisk is a recipe organizer, but it doesn’t have it’s own recipes: it allows you to gather recipes from anywhere you want on the web, and save it to your Whisk ask on the computer. Once a recipe is imported, an AI module will get to work on it and calculate nutritional information for you. You can scale up or down with a click of a button, and generate yourself a shopping list when you’re ready to go to the store. Don’t want to go shopping? Order the ingredients in-app from your favorite grocery store and get them delivered to your home. Whisk has in-app integrations with dozens of grocery options. If you’re in the States, you can choose between:
- Harris Teeter
- City Market
- Fred Meyer
- Jay C
- King Supers
If you’re in the UK, you’ll be able to choose from Tesco, Ocado, Waitress, AmazonFresh, or Sainsbury’s, and there are options for Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany as well.
Must-Have Kitchen Timers For The iPad
Before we move on to accessories there’s one more app you’ll want to have installed on your iPad— a kitchen timer. Apple does have a native timer, but when you have five different things you need to keep track of it just isn’t enough.
One nice option is MultiTimer, which supports multiple timers you can color-code as well as label. The interface is clean and non distracting, and if you’re a visual person the color schemes make it easy to see how much longer you have for the turkey and whether the eggs are almost done.
Timer+ is another kitchen timer loved by many iPad cooks. It’s more minimalistic than MultiTimer, and also not as pretty. Rather than a visual overview of the timers running, you’ll get a basic list. One nice feature: an easy way to extend your timer by a minute (or however much you’d like) with just one click.
Must-Have iPad Accessories For The Kitchen
Tiled floors and slippery fingers mean you’re likely to want a shock-proof protective case for your iPad. There are lots of those out there, but we’re recommending you get a Zugu case because not only does it give you the shock protection, it also has the best kitchen stand we’ve seen anywhere: high-powered magnets that will keep your iPad safe right up on the fridge. Away from heat, away from spills, but highly visible right where you need it: you could hardly do better for a kitchen mount. An iPad mini 6 cover is just a cover, unless it’s a Zugu case, and then it’s a mount too.
If you use your iPad often in the kitchen we recommend buying a stylus, something small and sturdy you can hold in your sticky hand when you need to scroll down on your page, halfway through fudge making. Ever tried to do that with messy fingers? We don’t recommend it. The Apple Pencil is overkill for kitchen use; something cheap and basic like the Adonit Mark is more what you are looking for.
Struggle to measure out the grams, ounces, or pounds as you create a recipe? 2 pounds of tomatoes sounds good until you realize you don’t actually know how much it is. While old-fashioned kitchen scales can give you the information you need, an iPad-connected smart food scale can make it that much easier. Drop, Escali, Preppad and Situ are all smart food apps that connect with your iPad over bluetooth and help you measure out the amount of food called for in your recipe.
You, Your iPad And The Kitchen
You’ve got your apps, you’ve got your accessories, and now you’re wondering if there is anything more you need before you start cooking. Well, there is one thing. Go into the settings and turn off auto lock. You can do this under Display and Brightness. This will keep your iPad awake the whole time you’re cooking, so you don’t turn to it to find it’s turned off half way through a crucial step when you really needed that hand-holding.
Got it? Then you’re ready to go. Grab your iPad mini in its best iPad mini 6 case— the one with the magnets for your fridge— and get in the kitchen. It’s time to start cooking!