Widespread adoption of Apple's iPad has seen the ubiquitous tablet incorporated into a variety of uses: lawyers, doctors, teachers and designers are all using the handy tablet - and its long list of apps - to get work done in new and creative ways. That flexibility and extreme usability have long made it handy for every day tasks as well; from shopping check lists and recipes to how-to videos and meal planners, your standard issue iPad is the sharpest tool in the kitchen.
However, setting your sleek, pricey tablet next to a blender full of soy milk, or a pot of boiling water, or a red-hot muffin pad is just a recipe for disaster. Avoid tablet tragedy by keeping your handy helper safe with any of these helpful options:
Stand: There are a variety of handy stands for your iPad - some even specifically designed for culinary tasks such as Belkin's Chef Stand which comes with a stylus so you won't smudge the screen when checking ingredients.
Mount: There are a few different versions of a cabinet mount, but we like Belkin's mount for it's simplicity of set up: just attach using the adjustable clamp. Other easy as pie options are straightforward Original Kitchen iPad Rack which hooks and hangs along the edge of a cabinet, and the FridgePad which puts your tablet up on the fridge using a magnetic frame. If you prefer to DIY, you can repurpose a towel bar and basket before the cookies make it out of the oven.
Case: One of the heartiest options in this category goes to Pelican whose i1075 case can withstand submersion in water and a three foot drop - and is expansive enough to hold a power brick and a Wi-Fi keyboard.
Wrap: The classic Chef Sleeve has been around for a while, however, there are a few alternatives here - including CleverWraps from the same makers. Some wraps are disposable, some are more like small square bags with a sealed top such as the DryCASE or the WaterGuard. And when in a rush, don't overthink it; a plastic ZipLoc bag or SaranWrap wrapped around your iPad will still get the job done in a pinch.
Themed: If you'd rather keep your electronics out of the kitchen - but still want to show your love for cooking, then all you need to do is find an appropriately themed case like these repurposed cook book cases or this felt Bacon case.