Yeah, that's all iPads up there. Apple's tablet seems to be the go-to device for recipe-reliant folks in the kitchen. But the truth is that the Kindle, Nook and any smart phone with a 3-inch screen is just as capable of becoming your personal sous-chef—and just as capable of kicking the bucket for good after a wayward splash from your pasta pot. Here's a few ways to protect any device for any price in the kitchen.
Here are our favorite splash-proof solutions. They range in price from $50 to practically free, so you can get the protection you need at whatever price you can handle:
Cabinet-Mounted iPad Rack
Yeah, it's an iPad rack, but look at it! This under-cabinet-mounted acrylic stand could do just as well keeping your e-reader off the counter. Will that protect it from spills? Yep. Splashes? As long as they're not tsunami-sized. But if you're cooking with contaminants like raw chicken, you might want to go with another protection method to keep your slimy salmonella fingers off the screen. Get it Here for $29.95.
If you want all-around protection from greasy fingers and the security to know that even big splashes won't phase your phone, try out a plastic sleeve like CleverWraps. They're one-off disposable plastic shields designed to perfectly fit around a bunch of devices—including iPad, iPad 2, Kindle, Nook and a bunch of different phones. (They'll also do great at the pool or beach this summer.) Get it in packs of 3 here, for $9.99 to $14.99.
Not interested in spending extra cash? Do you have a vacuum sealer in your kitchen gadget arsenal? Perfect! Just grab an extra bag and seal up your iPhone the same way you would your steak. Your fingers will work through the plastic, and you know you'll have a perfectly tight seal that's waterproof and crumb-proof.
Plastic Zipper Bags
No vacuum sealer? No problem. You can get nearly the same protection from your run-of-the-mill zipper baggie. Sandwich-size bags fit nearly any phone, while the gallon bags are perfect for tablets and e-readers. Here are some tips: Get as much air out of the bag as you can before you seal it, and make certain that you've sealed that sucker up tight!