Chef Sleeves keep your iPad safe in the kitchen

Or at the beach. Or anywhere else where potentially harmful detritus flies. These disposable clear-plastic jackets are safe and recyclable.

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The Chef Sleeve keeps your iPad safe in messy kitchens. It even comes with an iPad stand.
The Chef Sleeve keeps your iPad safe in messy kitchens. It even comes with an iPad stand. Chef Sleeve

My iPad spends a lot more time in the kitchen than I ever thought it would. Thanks to a virtually inexhaustible supply of recipes (courtesy of apps like Epicurious, How to Cook Everything, and Martha's Everyday Food), it's become downright indispensable.

Of course, kitchens are inherently messy places, what with ingredients always splashed and spilled everywhere. How can you keep your precious iPad safe from all the gunk that lands on your fingers, your countertops, and everywhere in between?

One option is the Original Kitchen iPad Rack, which mounts your tablet underneath a cupboard--high and above harm's way. Of course, that won't help if you need to swipe the screen or press a button when your fingers are caked with flour and butter. If that sounds familiar, check out the Chef Sleeve.

This disposable plastic wrapper seals your iPad from stem to stern--meaning even the buttons and ports are protected, unlike with a typical screen cover. When you're done in the kitchen and all cleaned up, just slide the sleeve off and pitch it.

According to the developer, Chef Sleeves are touch-responsive (meaning you should have no trouble interacting with the iPad like usual), food-safe, and fully recyclable.

They're sold in packs of 25 and 50 and priced at $19.99 and $34.99, respectively. (Shipping is included, thankfully.) One clever added perk is that the package doubles as an iPad stand, as shown in the accompanying photo. (If it degrades over time, you can always switch to one of these dirt-cheap iPad stands.)

iPads make great kitchen companions, but the last thing you want to do is end up with egg on your face--or your tablet. The Chef Sleeve looks like an easy and convenient way to keep the gunk out.