5 Essential Cooking and Baking Mobile Apps

5 Essential Cooking and Baking Mobile Apps

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Are you still fumbling through old cookbooks and tattered clippings from magazines while you try to get dinner on the table? You may want to upgrade your weeknight dinners and Sunday suppers by adding a few cooking and baking apps to your tablet or smartphone.

Here’s a list of our favorite cooking and baking apps to keep in your kitchen arsenal:

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (iTunes and Google Play)
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner contains a catalog of thousands of recipes enhanced by mobile-friendly step-by-step videos, seasonal collections and member reviews and photos. Its Recipe Box keeps your favorite recipe finds organized and always accessible. The Shopping List lets you see what ingredients you have at home and what you need to pick up from the grocery store.

Substitutions (iTunes)
Substitutions is a handy app that helps make any number of alterations to your favorite recipes. Got a guest with a low-sodium diet on the way, or need a quick substitution for that yogurt that you thought you had in the fridge? What if your new in-law has a peanut allergy, or you just want to find a healthier version of your kids’ chocolate chip cookies? Substitutions will find you the right alternative ingredients without the hassle of searching online to find the info you’re looking for.

Paprika Recipe Manager (iTunesGoogle PlayNookKindle and Windows)
Paprika Recipe Manager lets you search for a new recipe online, download it to the app and save it for later access from any device. You can create your own collection of recipes and even manually type in your old family recipes, so you’ll never forget an ingredient. Plan meals, track your diet and create smart shopping lists that categorize items by aisle. The app has a handy timer, as well.

Timer+  (iTunes and Google Play)
Your microwave has a timer, and so does your oven. And yes, there’s a built-in timer on your phone. But then comes that time—especially during the holidays—when you start the turkey at 2 PM, the sweet potatoes at 2:15, the Brussels sprouts about 20 minutes later and the pies 30 minutes after that. Now, you could just do the math and mark down when each item should be done—or you can just press and go with the multiple timers on the Timer+ app. It keeps time for several tasks concurrently with a different alarm for each, which is why it’s a must-have for serious bakers and cooks.

Ratio (iTunes and Google Play)
Stop painstakingly measuring every ingredient and learn to cook instinctively with Ratio. This app is based on the best-selling book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman. Rather than memorizing exact recipes, you’ll learn the relationship between water and flour, and how salt and fat affect your dishes. The app allows users to tweak their your favorite recipes and even create their own. Its handy ounces-to-grams calculator makes measuring a cinch. You’ll also get tips on food storage and recipe alterations.5