When it comes to cooking anything new, I’m not a fly by the seat of my pants cook. I need to follow a recipe and I need to check it like 15 times. (Seriously, ask my sister. It drives her crazy).
I have several paper cookbooks that are my go-tos, and on pages that I frequent, like my pecan pie, the pages are actually stuck together from spilling things on them. Hey, I never said I was a clean cook!
So, when I was offered a sample of the Key Ingredient Recipe Reader to test out, I was very excited.
It is a kitchen safe digital cookbook. You can actually wipe it down with a wet cloth (because of the sealed glass touch-screen, it is completely mess-proof and can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth!) You place your favorite recipes on the reader by syncing wirelessly with a free Key Ingredient account that you set up. The very first recipe I added was a creamy tomato tortellini soup.
Once I put it in my Key Ingredient account, I synced the reader, and had the recipe in my account and in the kitchen. (It sure is hard to take a picture of a screen).
In addition, it has a built in planner, timer (with three timers at one time), converter (yes, this science geek loves it), and a substitution menu for those times when you forgot that one ingredient at the store.
The reader has a built in angle so you can put it at about 40 degrees or 90 degrees up right, and you can even turn it to landscape and it will display. It has a built in rechargeable battery, too so you don’t need to keep it plugged in when you are moving around your kitchen.
What is Key Ingredient?
The best place for your recipe collection. Collect and share any recipe online, get recipes on your mobile devices, and take them all right into the kitchen with our touchscreen Recipe Reader. On the web, on the go, and in the kitchen –– Key Ingredient is your recipe collection, everywhere.
Where do these recipes come from?
Our recipes are submitted from cooks just like you! Our Mission Inspire one another to love cooking at home! Our Company Key Ingredient is controlled by Groupe SEB. Based in Austin, Texas, we are a happy group of food lovers (did we mention SEB is based in France?) interested in harnessing technology to advance cooking everywhere. Read more about our iPhone/iPad App, Android App and Recipe Reader. For more information about our site, visit our FAQ page.
How does it work?
- Use Key Ingredient for inspiration and recipe organization. Browse millions of beautiful photos and recipes.
- Search for specific recipes.
- Save any recipe you find to your own collection with the click of a Heart icon.
- Add your own recipes.
- Organize your complete recipe collection into handy cookbooks.
- Get our cookmark and add any recipe to your Key Ingredient collection with one click… no matter where you are on the web!
- Follow your friends to view all of their recipes. You can filter the stream to view all the recipes on the site or just the ones your friends add.
One thing I’d like to see improved with the reader. I’d like the reader to be able to access the Key Ingredient website. I want to be able to search the recipes from the reader and add them directly to my account instead of going to the computer or my phone. Hopefully, with a future update, they will consider adding something like this.
Overall, it’s a cool kitchen gadget that holds a lot more recipes than just my cookbook and takes up less space. Plus, it has a lot of extra features and pictures.
*I received a Key Ingredient Recipe Reader to review. All thoughts are my own.