🥇 How to make the most of your HomePod in the kitchen

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You already know that your HomePod is more than just a chic speaker. Of course, you can play your favorite music, but you can also check the weather, find local shops, listen to the headlines, get to know your sports teams, and more. So why not in the kitchen?

You may not be sure how Siri and HomePod can help you cook, bake, or brew. So we are here to help you. So you can use your HomePod optimally in the kitchen.

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Work with multiple timers

Originally, the HomePod could only process one timer at a time. However, the iOS 12 update made it possible to set multiple timers. This is a perfect way to use the HomePod in your kitchen. And if you prepare a big meal, it can be life-saving.

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Set the timer

You can tell Siri to set your timers by saying things in the order they work for you. But it all starts with a name. By naming your timers, they stay organized not only for the HomePod, but also for you.

Here are some examples:

  • “Hey Siri, set a meatloaf timer for an hour.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a one-hour meatloaf timer.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a meatloaf timer for an hour.”

As you can see, it works as long as you give the timer a name and how long it should be set. The only limitation is that you cannot change the name of a timer once it has been set.

If you’re preparing a big dinner, these multiple timers are fantastic. You can set a timer for each entry.

  • “Hey Siri, set a meatloaf timer for an hour.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a potato clock for 30 minutes.”
  • “Hey Siri, set a vegetable timer for 15 minutes.”

You can also stop and continue timers with “Hey Siri, pause / resume my meatloaf timer”.

When the time for one of your timers runs out, you will hear a beep and Siri will also answer. And to make sure you don’t miss it, listen to Siri every few seconds until you stop.

Check, change or cancel timers

If you are wondering how much time is left, if you have a meatloaf, the potatoes need to cook a little longer, or opt for a salad instead of frying vegetables, you can easily check, change and cancel the timers.

Check timer

Check one of your timers with something like “Hey Siri, how much time is left on my meatloaf timer?”

Change a timer

Change one of your timers by saying, “Hey Siri, change my potato timer to 40 minutes.”

Cancel the timer

Cancel a timer with “Hey Siri, cancel my vegetable timer”. Or delete all timers by saying “Hey Siri, cancel all timers”.

Get help with conversions

If you want to prepare a dish based on a recipe and do a quick unit conversion, let Siri and HomePod do it for you.

Measuring cup spoon

You can say things like:

  • “Hey Siri, what’s half a cup?”
  • “Hey Siri, what’s a quarter cup by two?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many ounces are in a cup?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many cups are in a gallon?”

Request nutritional information

Did you know that Siri is connected to the USDA? If you ask questions about certain foods, the answers will be forwarded directly to Siri from the USDA database.

Eat vegetables

Here are just a few of the things you can ask:

  • “Hey Siri, how much caffeine is there in a cup of coffee?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many calories are in scrambled eggs?”
  • “Hey Siri, how much vitamin D is in the bread?”
  • “Hey Siri, how much cholesterol is in boiled bacon?”
  • “Hey Siri, what are the ingredients in ketchup?”

You just never know what kind of food information Siri has to share. Ask something like the questions above and if Siri doesn’t have an answer, she’ll tell you.

Complete the scene

Now that Siri and HomePod have helped you create a delicious meal, you can get help setting the scene. You can ask Siri to play your dinner playlist while you are eating, dim the lighting in the dining room if you are using HomeKit accessories, and make a call if one of your guests is late for dinner.

Are you already using Siri and HomePod in the kitchen? If so, with which things did you get help with the preparation of dishes? Let us know in the comments below!

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