There are very few cooking lovers who can look past a decent recipe application for their phone. Most of us are always keen to find a new application which will let us browse great recipes and cook with our phone or tablet in front of us as a guide. But since you probably already have a few favourite recipe apps on your phone, we’ve decided to review a couple of the best cooking apps, with a few complementary apps to help you with the actual cooking.
What else do you need other than the recipe? Well, recipe unit converters and timers. How many times have you found the perfect recipe online only to realise you have no kitchen scales and no idea just how much flour you need for 50 grams? Or how many mL water is in a cup? With people worldwide using such different measurements, you’re bound to come across it on occasion. Here are the best cooking apps to have on your Android, ready for your kitchen.
Most people have at least one timer in their kitchen. But what do you use when you’ve got a few different things that need to be timed all at once? Kitchen Timer is an application that will let you set three different timers at different times. If you regularly need a certain time set, you can save a length of time as a preset. The alarm itself is controlled by Android, so ensure the phone isn’t on silent. The timer screen is clear and self-explanatory, so it’s easy to view from a distance and keep track of things. If you switch to another application while the timer is counting down, it will still alert you with the alarm sound and a pop-up.
So, you need to know what 250 ml is as US fluid ounces? Or you need to know that AND double the recipe. No problem – the Recipe Convert cooking app will do all that for you. Basically, whatever conversions you need to make this app will make them for you. It will even convert to and from decimal values to fractions, so if you prefer to write 1/3 Litre it will let you do this instead of forcing you to write 333.33 mL. Essentially this app will let you take the amounts you see in your recipe and convert them to values you can use with the tools in your kitchen. It’s easy to use and incredibly handy for any cook.
Cooking the perfect egg will never be a problem again using this handy Egg Timer app. It lets you enter in the exact way you like to eat your eggs, the starting temperature of the egg, the size of the egg and even your altitude, which you can calculate with your GPS. Egg sizes can be measured in EU classes, US classes or RU classes, and all units can be adjusted to your liking. The timer assumes that you will put the egg into boiling water at the same time as you start the timer, then keep the egg submerged in boiling water until the timer goes off. Perfect eggs – who could want more?
All good recipe apps need to have great pictures, else most people would never even notice the best recipes. Big Oven delivers on this front, offering some fantastic droolworthy pictures to make you ready to cook EVERYTHING. It also helps you to write your grocery list so that you know you have all that you need. The recipes are nice and clear and comments are accessible if you want to tweak it with suggestions. The app also rotates with your phone or tablet, which is good if you’ve got your Android device on a stand and you’re trying to read the instructions.
Recipe Search is a cooking app by AllTheCooks.com which is a gorgeous way to browse recipes and cook. In fact, all the important things are present in this recipe app: browsing feature; search feature; rotation; grocery list; bookmarking favourites; comments; photos; and much more.
More Food Apps For Android
There are plenty more great food-related apps we’ve previously featured on MakeUseOf. If you’re keen to read more, check out: Evernote Food; Epicurious; ChefTap; 4 great recipe apps; and 5 great restaurant apps.
What’s your favourite app to help you cook? Which recipe apps do you use?