Power up your kitchen with a useful new PC
Better food, a perfect pantry and more – install a PC in your kitchen and improve your life
You should have a PC in your kitchen, preferably one with a wipe-clean touchscreen. Not just for media – although it’s hard to argue against the virtues of having iPlayer, YouTube and the rest at hand while you’re doing the dishes – but because it’ll make you a better cook, a more organised shopper, and much more.
Let’s start with food. The Microsoft Store is bursting with hastily-assembled recipe apps, but they’re generally not great – instead, go straight to the source. The BBC (bbc.co.uk/ food/ recipes) has over 10,000 recipes online, mostly from its own shows, and All-Recipes (allrecipes.co.uk) includes a massive selection of user-reviewed concoctions, so you’ll know before you start if your meal will be delicious or a dud. Celebrity chefs can be just as generous; Jamie Oliver (jamieoliver. com/recipes) offers up a bunch of his favourites, each of which has a link to buy the appropriate ingredients.
Speaking of shopping, keeping your list up-to-date on a kitchen PC makes the process of online shopping much quicker and more efficient. Keep an account logged in to your favourite supermarket account – Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Asda all work – and add items to your basket as you know you need them. Then just book a delivery slot and check out when you’re ready. Alternatively, cover all your bases by using www. mysupermarket. co.uk, which can compare prices, book slots for you, and get you the cheapest shop when your list is complete.
You can also use your kitchen PC for quick conversions. Open up Windows’ Calculator app, and set it to unit conversion mode to translate those tricky international recipes to measures you can understand – or even switch metric back to Imperial, if you’re more comfortable with measuring things that way.
A kitchen PC makes online shopping much more efficient