There are those purists who look at cooking strictly as labor-intensive, hands-on process. While this is certainly true, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the role technology has played in cuisine through the ages. New tools and implements, from the common rolling pin to the sophisticated Cuisinart, have made many a cook’s life easier and even allowed for some welcome innovation. Thinking about cooking and technology along those lines, it’s not a stretch to see how even mobile technology can help out in the kitchen. And this help comes in app form.
Yes, if there are apps to help survive in the wilderness or to help gauge a person’s blood alcohol content, why can’t there be an app for helping to put a meal on the table? Of course there are many, and sifting through them all would be about as time intensive as sifting a million bags of flour. So in the interests of creating a more efficient recipe, here are a few of the top cooking apps.
Appetites — $2.99, iOS
Those who don’t have time to attend live cooking classes may want to consider this option. The app offers over 50 tutorials hosted by popular foodies from such shows as “The Paupered Chef” and “What’s Gaby Cooking?” The lessons themselves cover everything from complex baking tasks to simple salads. It’s a great app for beginners in the kitchen, but it can also be of use to more seasoned home cooks who want to brush up on their skills.
Escoffier’s Cook’s Companion – free, iOS
The first name in cuisine gets the mobile treatment with this handy reference app. Those who are confused about conversions and substitution options for various dishes will likely find all the info they need with the tap of a touchscreen. And if the user reviews are anything to go by, “Escoffier’s Cook’s Companion” is an indispensible asset in the kitchen.
Perfect Produce — $1.99, iOS/Android
Those who are wary of delving into the world of produce needn’t be with this app. It offers a full glossary on greens and comes with detailed instructions on how best to store and prepare nearly every type of fruit and vegetable.
Mealboard — $2.99, iOS
Smartphones can be a lifesaver by doubling as digital organizers. Mealboard covers the home cooking side of the schedule by offering weekly meal plans and customizable shopping lists. The app also contains a database of grocery stores, so users can compare and contrast prices on food in their area. For those who just want to get a home-cooked meal on the table on a regular basis and in an efficient manner, few beat “Mealboard.”
Weber’s on the Grill — $4.99, iOS/Android
This option ranks high on the list of best virtual grill assistants. That’s because it contains a library of over 300 grill recipes along with a number of video tutorials. Those who have yet to cut their teeth on that grill grate can take advantage of the demos geared towards beginners.
The above list certainly doesn’t represent every cooking app out there. Having said that, it should provide enough info that home chef’s shouldn’t want for any other options on their smartphones or in their kitchens.
Lana Marston is a professional is a professional blogger that shares cooking advice. She writes for RecipeChart.com, where you can find a large selection of delicious recipes.