If you, like me, love to cook, then you probably use your iOS device to follow recipes; whether online or inside your favorite app. That's all well and good when you're dealing with dry goods and have your hands clean. But as soon as you throw and egg, fat, or any kind of liquid into the mix, trying to follow the instructions from your iDevice becomes a kitchen nightmare.
I've lost count of the amount of times I've ended up trying to clean sticky, pasty fingerprints off my iPhone screen. One time with slippy hands, I even accidentally dropped my phone straight into a mixing bowl full of cake batter. True story.
Luckily, there is a solution for mucky pups like me.
Napkin Recipes is an easy to use cooking and recipe app with a simple idea: to keep your hands free to cook, and your phone's screen clean! This smart, voice-controlled app lets you follow recipes by reading you the instructions aloud, with bite-sized steps alongside clear pictures. When you're ready to move on to the next step, just say "next!"
Here's how to follow a recipe on your iOS device without dirtying the screen:
1. Install and openNapkin Recipes on your iOS device, and make sure the sound is turned on and up.
2. Listen to the introduction, allow access to the microphone, then say "next" to confirm it's working. Be sure to allow notifications too, so that the app can alert you when cooking timers are complete.
3. Browse through the new recipes and market sections to find a dish you'd like to cook, tap on it, and scroll down to go get the ingredients you need.
4. When you're ready to get going, tap on "Start Cooking" and follow through each of the steps. The instructions will be read aloud and you can also refer to the pictures. When you're ready to move on to the next step, say "next" (makes sure your microphone is on); if you want to go back a step, say "back".
5. At some stage in the recipe, Napkin may ask you if you'd like to start a timer; simply answer "yes" or "no" to activate one or go it alone.
6. Cook delicious meals by following the steps on your iPhone or iPad, without getting the screen all sticky and dirty. Hurrah!