Plastic Bag Kitchen Hack | Kitchn

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I pride myself on the fact that I have never dropped my phone in a toilet or spilled coffee on it. (My poor laptop is another story. RIP, Lisa’s MacBook!) And I tend to do everything in my power to keep up those bragging rights.

But as someone who cooks a lot, following recipes (from Kitchn!) on my phone, it’s not always easy to keep my phone safe. Which is where this plastic bag comes in.

I oddly got the idea while treating myself to a manicure years ago. The place I like to go to uses these awesome plastic gloves that are filled with lotion and heated. The gloves are put on between filing and cuticle cutting, and the first time I went there, the technician showed me that I could still navigate on my phone while I sat there — even with the gloves on. My mind was blown!

If I could still use the touch screen with gloves on, I bet the phone would work through a plastic zip-top baggie. I finished my manicure and ran home to give it a try (carefully because my nails were definitely still wet!). It worked! Of course it did. Even the fingerprint unlocking feature worked!

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That night, I made marinara sauce and didn’t worry at all about splatters or spills. I simply slipped my phone into the bag, zipped it up, and wrapped the excess plastic around the back. (I’d show you a pic but my phone is, well, a crucial part of the trick and I don’t have another camera at the moment.)

At the end of the cooking session, I just take the phone out and set the bag aside. This way, I’m not being wasteful; I can keep reusing my “phone bag” every time I want to protect my phone while cooking. I’ve also especially been liking this tip these days, as I don’t get to clean my phone that often and, with the coronavirus top of mind, I like sealing up the phone, washing my hands, and then cooking without having to worry about things.

While I haven’t had any full submerging spills, the bag has saved my phone from drops of olive oil, dustings of flour, globs of almond butter I didn’t realize were on my fingers, and more. It’s not super glamorous, but hey, neither is getting a new iPhone.

Have you tried this? How else do you keep your phone safe in the kitchen?

Lisa Freedman

Lifestyle Director

Lisa Freedman is the Lifestyle Director at The Kitchn. She has never met a cheese or a washi tape she didn’t like. She lives in New York state with her husband and their pup, Millie.





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