Hot out of the oven, these Android apps cook

May 19, 2010
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve realized how much your mobile phone can help you with your everyday life.  Every once in a while, that includes a chef session in the kitchen.  No matter where you find yourself when inspiration strikes, use these Android apps to plan and prepare a meal. Apps to help prep […]

If you’re anything like me, you’ve realized how much your mobile phone can help you with your everyday life.  Every once in a while, that includes a chef session in the kitchen. 

No matter where you find yourself when inspiration strikes, use these Android apps to plan and prepare a meal.

Apps to help prep the kitchen

Cooking Capsules is a great concept that’s off to a great start. With mini-cooking lessons, the free Android app includes videos and complete instructions on how to prepare dinner. They’ve even thrown in a shopping list tool to help you get the job done. While content is still limited, the company has already expanded to include a second, brunch-specific app.

 

You don’t have to be a calorie counter to appreciate the Healthy Recipes app.  Free, the Android app is a searchable database of thousands of healthy recipes, complete with the nutritional information for all ingredients. For those keeping a close watch on their diet, Healthy Recipes can be a great way to start your meal planning.

 

170,000+ Big Oven Recipes is one of the most robust search tools of its kind for Android devices.  With the free app, you can search for recipes based on ingredient, view ratings and comments, and filter by meal type. Figure out what to do with your leftovers, add your own recipes, and leave comments on other recipes you’ve tried.

Apps for managing the kitchen

Grocery King is a powerful shopping tool that will help you stay on task.  Avoid the distractions of the modern grocery store with this organization tool. For $3.99, you can create lists based on previous lists, scan product bar codes, and organize your grocery items based on aisle.

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Once you get going in the kitchen, you may want to jot down your notes. The free Bites Android app is a simple tool for creating recipes. Create a title and description, and then add your ingredients and the preparation steps. Ingredients from a recipe can be added to a supported grocery list app, and recipes can be sent via SMS and email.

 

Sometimes, all you need to complete your kitchen magic is a timer. Cooking Widget Timer comes to your rescue, putting the timer directly on your Android device’s home screen. Easy access makes it easier to remember to use this free app when you need it most.

 

Calorie Counter is a quick tool to help you find the nutritional information of thousands of food items.  Whether you’re planning out your menu or already at the grocery store, this free Android app offers a useful reference tool that’s always at your fingertips.

Apps for recommendations

Food & Wine’s free Android app features a wine search tool primarily used for recommendations and pairings.  Search based on price, wine type or brand name, among other parameters.  View articles and videos related to particular wines, and also see meal and wine pairings.

 

Swirl is a free search tool that will give you information about a particular wine, and recommendations on what it can be paired with.  Pulling from Snooth, Swirl’s Android app is an easily accessed tool that can be used while planning a meal or shopping.

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