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iPhone: BBQ Buddy Pt. 2

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Last November I wrote about some BBQ related uses I’d found for my iPhone. In this short entry I will add something else I’ve discovered: The iPhone is a great Grill Timer. I’ve long been using the alarm clock feature when I have been traveling. It is far easier and more reliable to set an alarm on the iPhone than some of the clock radios on steroids found in most hotels these days. There are no instruction manuals in the room and you need to have a PHD in physics to figure out how to set an alarm.

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Like the rest of the iPhone, setting alarms or timers couldn’t be easier.

As a result of this I have started using my iPhone as an alarm clock. One of the nice thing about the alarm feature is you can have multiple alarms going-I don’t know that there is a limit. You can assign a custom ringtone to each alarm so you are sure not to miss it. During today’s cook I had an alarm to remind me when to flip my meat in it’s marinade, another to light the grill and a third to start soaking my wood skewers in cold water and hour ahead of their use. When you get busy puttering around the Kitchen it is easy to lose track of time. Plus where your cellphone is with you most of the time anyway, you aren’t going to miss the alarm. You can keep alarms on the iPhone indefinitely too, which is nice.

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A nice feature is the ability to store multiple alarms.

A month or so ago I left my Kitchen timer in the house and I couldn’t run inside to grab it because I was tied up manning the grill. So I used the timer feature on the iPhone. There is both a stopwatch and a countdown timer. It is easy to set the time and the numbers are very big and easy to read from a distance. The touchscreen doesn’t have a lot of openings either which is good around food. The last nice feature is the display is back lit for when you are grilling after dark. Once again you if you usually have your cell phone with you, you also now have your kitchen timer too.

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The display is easy to read from a distance and being backlit it is very easy to see at night..

So if you have an iPhone you may want to try out the various clock functions for cooking purposes. Even if you don’t use it regularly, if some day you find yourself without a Kitchen timer you have a viable if not better alternative. Now I am sure a few people reading this may be thinking the iPhone has got to be the world’s most expensive kitchen timer. You’d probably be right. So before I close let me remind you to keep the iPhone a respectable distance away from the hot surfaces of a grill. You melt a $9.99 kitchen timer and it is no big deal. Your iPhone is another matter.


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