While some major foodies are content to leave the cooking to the expert chefs at their local bistros and cafés, other food-fanatics (like me) love nothing more than working in the kitchen. These foodie apps below are some of my favorite!
In the past, cooking fans spent a lot of time—and money—on big cumbersome cookbooks (just ask me how I know). But now with the invention of smartphones and cooking apps, creating a culinary feast is much easier. Plus, you can take your recipes with you anywhere without lugging around a load of heavy books.
Modern smartphones are great for the kitchen because they are light and portable. Plus, they give you the ability to take a picture of your completed meal to make your Facebook and Instagram followers jealous.
The following four apps are ideal for foodies who love to cook.
If you’ve ever stood in the produce section staring at the asparagus and wondering which bunch to buy, this app is for you. SparkPeople’s PerfectProduce offers a plethora of tips and advice that helps you to select the right veggies and fruit, nutritional information and instructions on what to do with the produce once it’s in your fridge or on your counter.
The app advises you on the best way to store your fruits and veggies so you do not waste your hard-earned money tossing produce that goes bad. If you are trying a new veggie, the app also advises you how to prepare it.
Additionally, it includes—are you ready?—over 450,000 recipes organized by the main produce ingredient. Who knows, you might even find a recipe for Brussels sprout that the whole family enjoys. Perfect Produce costs $1.99 and is available for the iPad, iPhone and Android.
This is the perfect app for everybody who has started to cook a tasty gourmet meal, only to find that they are lacking a key ingredient. If the idea of trekking out to the store is less than appealing, the Substitutions app is for you. The app features a large list of ingredient substitutions for a wide range of cooking categories. For example, if your recipe calls for buttermilk but you don’t have any in the fridge, this app will help. In addition, Substitutions can assist you in altering recipes to meet certain dietary guidelines like gluten-free meals. The app is available for 99 cents, and works on the iPhone and iPad.
The free BigOven app includes more than 250,000 recipes and a meal planner. You can come up with recipes for each day of the week, changing them as you need or want to. It also creates a grocery list, telling you exactly what you need to buy to create the meal. Big Oven can be used on a variety of devices including the iPhone and iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows phone.
My Fridge Food
At the end of a long day, it can be tough for even the most devoted foodie to find inspiration from the chicken breasts, vegetables and bottle of organic cream sitting in the refrigerator. This is where an app like MyFridgeFood comes in handy. Simply check the boxes on what you have on hand in your pantry and fridge, and the app will suggest a list of meals that you can make. It also will tell you if you need to make a quick trip to the store to pick up a few more ingredients.
Which foodie apps do you use?