In the past decade, smartphones have quite suddenly emerged as the Swiss Army Knives of the 21st century. The utility of these pocket-sized devices is seemingly endless, and while they might not be welcome at the dinner table they can be exceptionally useful in the kitchen. Thanks to the efforts of a number of culinary enthusiasts turned app developers, amateur chefs have more tools at their disposal than ever to help them create nutritious, delicious meals in a timely fashion. Today, we’ll look at a few of our favorites.
It’s probably happened to all of us at some point. You get halfway through a recipe and then it occurs to you that you forgot to pick up eggs at the grocery store. Now, thanks to this handy iOS app, you won’t have to run back out to the store to finish your meal. Substitutions provides an extensive list of ingredient substitutions that can get you out of a pinch, or help you adhere to dietary restrictions such as gluten-free or low-sodium options.
Escoffier Cook’s Companion
This app comes packed with everything from unit-conversions, to equipment suggestions, to a comprehensive glossary of cooking terms. There’s so much information loaded into this one little app that it can be fun to peruse whether or not you’re slaving away in the kitchen; a valuable resource for veteran cooks and novices alike.
Paprika Recipe Manager
This app, designed to take the place of your old recipe rolodex, is one of the most well-received cooking apps on the market. Paprika allows you to collect, manage and create recipes and then sync them to the cloud so you can access them on different devices. It can also help you create dinner menus and grocery lists to make sure you have everything you need for your next cooking endeavor.
Fridge full of veggies that are about to go bad? Pantry packed with ingredients you’re not sure how to use together? This app lets you input all the ingredients you have on hand, and it will provide you with a list of recipes you can make with them. Supercook is a great tool to have around when you run into a case of the chef’s equivalent of writer’s block.
This app is a vegetarian’s best friend. Even if you’re not a strict vegetarian, Green Kitchen still contains a huge wealth of delicious recipes from all over the world. It’s also very helpful if you happen to be entertaining vegetarian friends. In addition to its seemingly limitless list of vegetarian recipes, it also has a number of vegan and gluten-free suggestions as well.
Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and suggestions from the designers at Bay Area Kitchens!