Learning to leverage Siri is especially handy in the kitchen.
Have you ever thought it would be hand to have an extra hand or two in the kitchen? Especially if you’re preparing a complicated recipe or you’re preparing multiple recipes for a meal?
If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner, you have a handy helper ready and waiting for you name Siri. She may not be able to chop vegetables, but she is able to keep time with precision, and has more answers than the most experience Chef.
Plus, with a little set up, you can use Siri hands free, and have her review the ingredient list and instructions for any recipe.
Here are 5 ways you can use Siri as your Sous Chef in the kitchen:
1 - Set up Siri for Hands Free Use
One of the most handy Siri features for the kitchen is the ability to use Siri hands free. When you enable the ‘Hey Siri’ feature, you can simply say ‘Hey Siri’ and Siri will be activated.
To enable Hey Siri, Go to Settings > Siri > Hey Siri
2 - Use Siri to Set a Timer
Setting a timer using Hey Siri is even more useful when your hands are dirty in the kitchen.
When you’re ready to set a timer, simply say “Hey Siri, set timer for 40 minutes”.
If you’re using your iPhone and iPad in the kitchen, you can set two timers using Siri.
3 - Ask Siri Questions
One of the strengths of Siri is the ability to get answers to questions quickly, which can come in very handy in the kitchen.
When you ask a specific question, you’ll often get a clear answer, unlike the results you get doing a google search. This is due to Siri’s use of resources such as Wolfram for answers.
Here are some common cooking questions Siri can answer.
“Hey Siri, how many tablespoons in a quart?”
“Hey Siri, what is a safe temperature for a turkey?”
“Hey Siri, what’s a substitute for buttermilk?"
And of course, if things aren't going well in the kitchen, you can always ask, “Hey Siri, where can I get a pizza delivered?”.
4 - Read Your Screen Aloud
Your iPhone and iPad also have the ability to read the contents of any Safari web page. This can come in handy in the kitchen when you’re preparing recipes you’ve found online.
To enable the Speak Screen feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen (turn on)
You now have the ability to swipe down on any screen using two fingers, exposing controls that allow you to play an audio version of whatever web page you are viewing.
This isn’t a Siri command, so you can’t enable it using Hey Siri, but it can be a really useful feature to use in the kitchen.
5 - Ask Siri to Read a Note
Sometimes an online recipe contains too much introductory text that isn’t useful when you’re getting ready to prepare the recipes.
If that’s the case, I’ll copy and paste the ingredients and directions to a note on my iPhone. I’ll title the note “sweet potato recipe”, so I can easily reference it later using Siri.
When I’m preparing the recipe, I’ll say “Hey Siri, read me the note Sweet Potato recipe” and she’ll speak the ingredient list and directions.
As you can see, Siri can be a great companion in the kitchen, especially if you take full advantage of the features.
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