cooking apps

 

Most of us know our way around some of those regular recipes (read Maggi), but then there are certain days when we don’t feel like eating the regular food. That’s when we turn to the recipe catalogs. And to save up on time and energy, better to turn to your ever-helpful smartphone to teach you cooking.

 

Weber Grills

Weber Grills is a great app choice for those who are serious about their meat. It includes more than 300 illustrated recipes and the pictures will definitely make you want to fire up the grill. Like many recipe apps, Weber Grills includes a shopping list and a favorites section. It also has lots of how-to articles if you’re not yet comfortable or knowledgeable around a grill. The integrated grill timer is a nice touch, as is the ‘doneness calculator,’ which tells you how long to cook different types of meat and at what temperature.

The app is free and packed with features. It was completely redesigned for iOS 9.0 and includes a built-in timer to work with Apple Watch.

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 Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals

Not only is Jami Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals the best recipe app available, but it’s also one of the best apps I’ve ever tested. It includes detailed, step-by-step pictures for each recipe, so it’s a perfect app for those who aren’t confident in the kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and there’s a tab at the top that switches the ingredient amounts from two to four people.

The downsides? The 20 Minute Meals app only has 60 recipes. It’s also on the expensive side compared to other recipe apps. Even so, Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals is so well done that these minor issues are easy to overlook.

BigOven

A database of over 350,000 recipes, and wide availability on Android, iOS, Amazon, Nook, and Windows — but, to us it wasn’t worth the price. The basic app is free, but key features such as nutrition information and a paper-recipe scanner aren’t. BigOven charges $20 for a yearly membership to unlock these features, while other apps offer similar features for free.

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Yummly

it’ll provide hundreds of recipes to replicate and experiment with, but you can also tailor searches to fit your specific needs and lifestyle. Going on a diet, but still, want to enjoy a good burger? Yummly has you covered. Have a particularly nasty food allergy you’d rather not deal with anytime soon?

The app will come to learn what you like and don’t like over time and begin recommending recipes more suited for your individual lifestyle. From there, you can easily save those recipes or add the needed ingredients to an in-app shopping list. Best of all, Yummly has Instacart built-in, allowing you to use that shopping list to shop on Instacart

SideChef

You can get access to more than 2,500 food recipes and follow top food bloggers and chefs. The app’s main goal, however, is to make cooking easier for new cooks, regardless of how much experience they may have. Each recipe comes with step-by-step instructions and an accompanying set of photos, videos, voice commands, and timers. You can also adjust the serving size of a recipe on the fly, which automatically converts the ingredients. See a recipe you want to try out, but don’t have the ingredients for it? Make a list within the app and email it to yourself for later.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner is one of the most popular and consistent cooking apps. It features a lot of the basics. You can sift through tons of recipes, save your favorites, and check out mobile-friendly cooking videos. It also comes with a spinner tool. It’ll give you a prep time, the main ingredient, and the meal you’re wanting to make. You give it a spin and it gives you random ideas. There is even a shopping list built-in. It’s a little flashy and there are a few bugs here and there. Otherwise, it’s an excellent app for recipes.

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Cookpad

Cookpad is one of the more social cooking apps. You and other people upload your recipes to the service. The service then shares them with everybody else. You can also save recipes for future use. It also lets you upload private recipes in case you don’t want to give up that secret family recipe. The app leans a little more toward social media than it does for cooking in a lot of spots. It makes up for it by not having the same curated list of recipes over and over again.

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories (Android, iOS) delivers various media-rich recipes filled with easy-to-follow instructions, videos, and mouth-watering food photography, interspersed with a smattering of food and lifestyle articles. The presentation is king in Kitchen Stories, with recipes displayed in a tile interface showing off food images, as well as illustrated step-by-step recipes. You can save your favorite recipes, add notes to each recipe and create a shopping list of ingredients.

Allthecooks

Allthecooks (Android, iOS) is a combination of recipe tutorial app and social network, providing its users with a wealth of crowd-sourced recipes ranging from everyday viands to fine dining. Users can search for tons of recipes from main courses, desserts, appetizers, soups, and variants, with filters for ingredients, ease of preparation and dietary restrictions. Users can create custom shopping lists, participate in user forums or comment on individual recipes and even upload their own favorite meals for others to enjoy.

Tastemade

Tastemade is everything you would want in a food app – great recipes, travel shows, featured chefs, etc. The videos are short & crisp which will certainly make for a rich cooking experience.

 

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