March 13, 2010 - 8:28am
On my windows base computer I have this gadget bar that allows to to install gadgets such as clocks and calendars calculators and such. Anyway I work at home and my job keeps me at the computer. So I get to work and bake at the same time. The timer on the stove to let me know time to stretch and fold can not be heard in my office so many time I went over time on when to do things. What I found is that the gadgets in that bar also has a timer that I can use and it an alert when the time has expired.
Just thought I'd share this for others that tend to get lost on the computer while trying to bake.
I have a similar problem on hearing the timer on the oven. Do you remember what website you found the timer gadget?
I use Firefox and there are loads of timer add-ons that can be downloaded.
I use Microsoft Vista so this may be a vista thing. You will need to search through to find the timer
Yahoo has a free, downloadable widget "engine" and 100's of widgets including all different sorts of timers for mac or MS Windows. Here's the link:
Have fun! (But watch out! It's like a candy store, and all the candy is free.)
While not a gadget, if you go to www.online-stopwatch.com, you can bookmark the site and open it any time you need either a countdown kitchen time or even a stopwatch counting up.
In theory you could open more than one web window and have multiple timers going like total proofing time, and one for each rise cycle.
1) click on full desktop usage just below the main picture
2) this will allow you to customize the countdown by allowing you to pick from a multitude of sounds, and settings - the best setting being the one that allows the timer to ring until you stop it or as otherwiese set by you. Very easy to use and loud enough to be heard, and not for just a second or two. Once you configure the way you want it, simply bookmark and each time you open the link, you will see your configuration. Very easy.
I tried to find a desktop gadget, but most range once and stopped anmd were very low volume levels - if I didn't hear it, well too bad. this one rocks. thanks for the inspiration.!
I've got a small timer program on my computer that is used in some British Schools to time tests etc - http://www.teachit.co.uk/index.asp?CurrMenu=694 - very useful as a reminder and as a back up to my main timer.
I use 3 different timers regularly.
I have a small kitchen timer which provides three alarms. I use the timer on my oven. When I'm going to be away from the kitchen, I use the timer built into the clock utility on my iPhone.
It's not rare for me to be timing 3 different kitchen projects at the same time.
...that attaches to a dough probe to tell you when your dough is perfectly proofed? That would be cool!
You have 10 of them! They came as standard equipment on your bod, dude!
Mine came mis-calibrated. I've been trying to correct them for about a year with minimal success.
So there's an app for that!
that my iPhone and my computer weight an exit pound apiece. So may apps so so many widgets.
There's a nice free app for iPhones: "KitchenPad Timer" with enough timers for stove and oven to monitor a several course menu. You can choose the alarm tone (I like the rooster).
By the way, I also love the "ConvertBot" App for converting weights, volumes, temperatures, currencies etc.
I looked this up in the App Store right away because I already use my iPhone timer when baking. It is only $1.99 (US) so I'll probably buy it anyway if there is not a free alternative, but free is always better! :)
Karin, if I may ask, where/when did you get your free copy?
Probably I felt so care free when I got it, OldWoodenSpoon, hearing the rooster call when my levain was done...
No, I just mixed it up. In our daily paper was an article describing the best newest apps for foodies. Some were free and some not. I got several other ones, too, like "CooksIllustrated", "Ratio" by Michael Ruhlmann (based on the book "The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking"), and the 4.99 app for "How to Cook Everything" (there's a smaller, free version of that, too).
First I had to download the 4.2 update for my (version 3) iPhone, before I could download these apps.
I appreciate the mention of the 4.2 update. I have not done that update yet myself. I only install updates when there is a good reason to do so, like fixing a problem I am having, or it provides some worthwhile new functionality. Perhaps this will finally give me a good reason to go ahead with it.