Our Favorite Android and iOS Cooking Apps for the Holidays
With Thanksgiving coming up next week it’s official – the holidays have arrived! We may differ in which ones we choose to celebrate or look forward to the most, but there’s one common thread, food – and lots of it. How do you manage preparing large meals for friends and family in our modern mobile world? With the help of apps of course! Here are some of our favorites for Android and iOS.
Paprika – Touted as the cooking app for everyone from aspiring cooks to professional chefs. Quickly scale recipe ingredients to your desired serving size, adding personalized notes to each recipe. Manage your grocery list with ease, adding recipes with a single click, as well as your own items. Powerful search tools help you easily find any recipe by source, ingredient, or name. Backup and restore keeps your recipe collection safe. Cloud sync between Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches. Offline access is available – all of your data is stored locally, and no internet connection is required. Available for Android and iOS. Price: $4.99
Our Groceries Shopping List – This app is ideal for tag-team shopping. It automatically keeps your grocery list synced with the phone or web browser of whomever you choose to connect with, so that every change to your shared shopping list is visible in seconds. You can actually see the items being checked off as your partner shops. Available for Android and iOS. Price: Free
KitchenPad™ Timer – Even though most smartphones have a timer feature, what do you do when you have multiple dishes happening at the same time? This app was made for managing multiple cook times for your stove top and oven. Set, start, and pause up to 9 timers at once (5 stove top and 4 oven timers). The displays tell you what's on the stove or in the oven, how much time left and the temperature or heat setting. Select from a list of 15 audio alerts for when timers complete and they will sound even if the app is running in the background. You can also save your favorite timers for future use. Available for iOS. Price: $1.99
Substitutions – Who hasn’t been in the middle of a recipe only to discover a key ingredient is missing or that one of your dinner guests has a food allergy you were completely unaware of? Thankfully, this app provides over 400 + substitution tables for both cooking and baking. It includes substitutions for: alcohol, dairy, gluten-free, herbs, spices, low fat, low sodium, seafood, meat, and vegan. Available for iOS. Price: $0.99
Kitchen Unit Convertor – This unit converter was designed specifically to aid in creating all sorts of culinary delights. It's easy to use and includes volumes, weights, and temperatures used in cooking and baking. Whether you are converting from teaspoons to tablespoons or from standard to metric – this app is here to help. Available for Android. Price: Free