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

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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.

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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

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