Tips for cooking with a phone or tablet

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By 26 Feb 2018
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If you're trying to use your phone in the kitchen we've got you covered. From how to protect your gadgets from food spills to which apps can help you cook the perfect meal, make sure you're prepared for your next meal.

Prevent fingerprints with a stylus

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One easy way to avoid getting fingerprints all over your phone or tablet is to use a stylus instead of your finger. Using a damp cloth on your tablet could lead to water damage and void your warranty, but a stylus can easily be cleaned every time you use it.

 
 
 
 
smartphone cooking stylus

You can find a stylus in nearly any colour, so you could match it with your phone case, or the colour scheme of your kitchen. Take a look at our range of styluses to suit your style and keep your tablet clean.

Protect against spills with a case

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If you've ever put your phone down on a kitchen worktop, you'll know how easy it is to get it dirty. Whether it's a blob of jam left over from breakfast or some spilt soup you didn't notice until it was too late, getting food on your phone or tablet can be frustrating at best, and damaging at worst.

Finding the right case for your tablet can prevent unnecessary stains and sticky patches forming, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when buying a protective case.

 
 
 
 
Silicone smartphone case

One of the best case materials is silicone as it's very good at repelling water, oils and other liquids. It's also quite bouncy, and will protect your phone should it fall from your hands. Silicone cases can come in a variety of colours to suit your style, too. Avoid porous case materials like wood as these can stain and get sticky very quickly. Take a look at a range of cases from Carphone Warehouse if you need one.

Top smartphone cookery apps

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Turning your phone or tablet into a kitchen assistant means more than just preventing damage. Installing the right apps means you can find the best recipes and keep your shopping lists up to date. We've picked a few of our favourite cookery apps to get you started.

Yummly Recipes & Shopping List

Yummly

free

Get it from the Play Store / Get it from the App Store

If you're looking for recipe ideas catered to your tastes, the Yummly app has you covered. Browse through the many meal suggestions and tap the "Yum" button on any you'd want to eat. Each recipe you like is saved to your library, with its own shopping list and cooking instructions to follow.

One great feature of Yummly is the custom shopping lists you can create. If you're keen to cook one of the suggested meals but are missing a few key ingredients, press a food item to add it to a new shopping list. This'll keep your list free from the stuff you've already got in your cupboards, and make your shopping just a little bit more manageable.

If you're into nutrition, each recipe comes with a breakdown of calories, vitamins and other macronutrients to ensure you get a balanced diet. Find a recipe you like and share it with your friends at the touch of a button.

Cookpad

Cookpad Limited

free

Get it from the Play Store / Get it from the App Store

Sometimes finding the right recipe can be challenging. Stylised photos and unnecessary ingredients can leave you wondering just what the finished meal should look like, and who could actually make it.

Cookpad shakes things up by offering a more realistic approach to cookery ideas. Users are invited to create their own recipes, make their own ingredients lists and take their own photos to showcase their meals. If you spot a recipe you like, you can even start up a conversation with other cooks and share ideas, plan meals or even get support when things don't go to plan.

Forr keen chefs, you can track your recipe statistics and find out just how popular your recipes are. Who knows, you might even find suggestions on how to improve your favourite meals.

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

free

Get it from the Play Store / Get it from the App Store

Kitchen Stories is another fantastic cookery app, packed full of tasty recipe ideas and useful features. In fact, Kitchen Stories goes beyond your usual cookery app's features. If you want more than just a list of ingredients and cooking instructions, you have access to articles on all kinds of cooking news. Want ideas for nutritious meals on a budget? Not sure how to make great meals for just one person? There are plenty of great stories to read through at the tap of a button.

One outstanding feature of Kitchen Stories is the How To section, which explains concepts like cutting and peeling different fruits and vegetables to levelling cake tops and making a roux. Each tutorial has its own video to explain things a bit more easily, and there are plenty of videos to pick from.

If you find a recipe you want to keep, add it to your own private cookbook and build up a collection of personal favourites to work from. You can even share recipes you've enjoyed with other people, so there's no excuses for putting up with watery gravy and flat yorkshire puddings anymore.

SideChef: Step-by-step cooking

SideChef

free

Get it from the Play Store / Get it from the App Store

SideChef is the ultimate cookery companion app, packed full of tasty recipe ideas you can save or share to your heart's content. Each recipe is complete with an ingredients list, stepped instructions and informative images to show you exactly where you should be at each cooking stage.

One thing SideChef does differently to most other cookery apps is include videos, timers, and slideshows as part of the recipe, which you can follow while you're cooking. Tap Start Cooking at the bottom of your recipe to begin. You can check the recipe ingredients at any time by tapping the screen, or swipe left and right to move back and forward between steps.

If you're worried about smearing food all over your phone screen and don't have a stylus to use, you'll be pleased to hear that one of SideChef's other features is voice control. Simply tell the app "next step" or "go back" to browse the cooking instructions totally hands-free. If you want a step repeating, just say the word "repeat" to hear the instructions again.

Hopefully you're now prepared to cook using your phone or tablet as an assistant. If you have your own favourite cooking app, let us know using the social links below.

If there’s anything else you want to speak to us about, get in touch using our contact page and speak to one of our experts from Team Knowhow.

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