In many homes, including my own, the kitchen is the household control center. Even if you don’t want to mount an iPad permanently in a kitchen cabinet, which we covered yesterday, there are a number of ways to use an iPad in the kitchen to reduce paper clutter.
Cook digitally. Download Paprika Recipe Manager for iPad. It’s one of the only iPad apps that I use on a daily basis. Paprika makes it easy to upload recipes from the web. Using the apps built-in browser I went in and added all of the recipes that I use on a regular basis. Even if the recipe might have been published originally in a print cookbook, there were very few I couldn’t track down on the Internet. If you frequently share recipes, as I do with my family, it’s so easy to share by recipes by email if both parties use Paprika. Counters and kitchen shelves that were once teeming with old copies of Cooking Light and Bon Appetit are neat and tidy. Paprika also includes modules for menu planning and shopping list creation. It’s sold separately for the iPhone and Mac.
Use Siri plus Reminders. Anyone with an iPad 3, 4, or mini can use Siri and Apple’s native Reminder app in place of scribbling on endless Post-it notes. For example, create a new list called shopping. Tell Siri, “add spinach to shopping list.” Siri will add your reminder on the right list. I’ve found it’s much easier to keep track of Target runs or other odds and ends I need to buy using this method, though I confess that I still use a pencil and paper list for my weekly trip to the grocery store. It seems impractical to drag an ipad around the supermarket with me. I have another list called “home repairs,” where I keep track of small household projects.
Use Siri plus Calendar. While I still keep an engagement calendar next to the land line in the kitchen (and yes, I realize this marks me as ‘old’), I don’t really use it much anymore. Instead keep track of my family’s many activities and appointments on a paper calendar, I just use Siri to add appointments. Tell Siri, “I have to go to the dentist on June 2 at 3 PM” for example, and she will create an event on your calendar. With iCloud, I can now see my calendar and reminders on my iPhone and my iMac as well.
Anyone using an iPad 2 or original iPad will have to make due without Siri, but the user can type in all the reminders and events herself.
Ban clutter with Evernote. Evernote is a catch-all program that helps users “remember everything.” In my kitchen I use Evernote to track ongoing renovating and decorating projects, birthday party planning, holiday shopping, and even vacation planning. These type of events can generate so much excess paper, and Evernote helps curb its accumulation. What was the name of the paint color we just used in the kitchen? Snap a picture with the iPad and file it away in an appropriate Evernote folder. Where did I put the scrap of paper with the window cleaner’s name on it? Now the information is in Evernote, and my counters have never been cleaner.
Has anyone used Evernote Food as a recipe replacement app? I’m committed to Paprika, so I haven’t tried it out, but I think it looks promising. Please share your experiences using the iPad to go paperless in the kitchen in the comments section.
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