Being an incurable germaphobe, the Chef Sleeve ($20) is a prescription for sanity when using my iPad in the kitchen. Yes, the plastic sleeves are meant to protect your tablet from culinary messes; but for me, it’s more about protecting the food from the tablet.
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iPads go to all sorts of dirty places (e.g. parties, cars). Do you really want to touch a screen covered in a week’s worth of human skin grease (“fingerprints”) and then knead your pizza dough? I didn’t think so.
The Chef Sleeve fits snugly over the iPad (the back seals for a tight fit) and doesn’t interfere with operation: every touch is as successful as on a naked iPad.
If you’re gripping the device, the new feel does take a bit of getting use to, and the plastic film added an irritating muffled quality to the sound of Tiny Wings. But those aren’t concerns when reading recipes off of Epicurious.
The 25 sleeves, made from FDA-approved, food-safe material, come nicely packaged in an Apple-like box, which doubles as an unexpectedly stable (with box mostly full), disposable iPad stand.
Chef Sleeve is available from Amazon.com.