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September 1, 2015

5 apps to Michelin star success in the kitchen

Want to be the next Heston or Nigella but struggle with a pot noodle? CBR comes to your culinary rescue with this list of apps for the kitchen.

By Ellie Burns

Food is a serious business, with a myriad of avenues available in which to obtain culinary perfection. However, while some can whip up a salmon en croute without a glance at a recipe, others can barely scrape together a pot noodle.

If you belong to the latter, have no fear, CBR has found the 5 apps which may kick-start your journey to a Michelin star.

Here are the apps to transform you into the next Heston or Nigella or, if all else fails, skip to number 5.

1. Yummly

Sold as a ‘cornucopia of tasty suggestions for cooking’, Yummly matches over 1 million recipes to your lifestyle’s diet, nutrition, favourite cuisines and food allergies. Particularly helpful for those who are embarking on the latest food diet trend, Yummly generates personalised recipes tailored to you – from Paleo and gluten-free to fried or savoury.

Users get their own ‘Yum’ button which saves recipes gathered from thousands of sites and blogs to a digital recipe box. Recommendations are based on you previous ‘Yums’, with Yummly automatically filtering out recipes based on your preferences.

The search function contains a plethora of filters, such as cook time, technique and nutrition, meaning that recipes are easy to find. Due to the filters and customisation, this app will find a recipe for even the pickiest of eaters – the app being free makes it even tastier.


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2. Cooking Conversions

So you have your recipes, but are you confused by a quart? Work in pounds and ounces, yet the recipe measures in cups? With a simple and easy-to-use interface, Cooking Conversions eliminates measurement confusion.

The app not only converts units of measure by volume and weight, but it also allows you to scale any recipe – meaning you can accurately cook for 4 even if the recipe caters for 6. Another handy feature is if you run out of an ingredient, you can sub in or out an ingredient into the recipe without any kitchen disasters. Simple, easy to use, yet a vital kitchen app.


3. Thyme

You have followed the recipe, measured accurately, but there remains the actual, physical cooking to be done. Are you prone to burning? Get distracted and are pulled back to reality by the smoke alarm?

If you answered yes to any of those then you need Thyme which, in the apps own words, ‘only does one thing, but does it very well.’ You could just use your phone’s timer, but the genius of Thyme is that it gives you five timers to manage everything that you may be cooking at once.

The five timers are set out like a kitchen stove, with four burners on top and an oven on the front. You can set all the timers at once, with an alert and message notifying when the cooking is done. With this app you can say goodbye to burnt, blackened food forever!


4. Mixology Drink Recipes

The food is cooked to perfection, with the only thing missing an accompanying tipple to wash down the feast. Mixology will transform you into a Tom Cruise-esque barman, giving you nearly 8,000 drink and cocktail recipes to choose from.

A brilliant feature is the ‘Liquor Cabinet’ in which you enter all the alcohol and ingredients you have at hand, with the app then searching its drinks database to find the cocktails you will be able to make.

Learn bartending techniques and terminology to really play the role of barkeep, while if you are in the US you are also provided with nearby liquor stores using Google maps. This app is free, but if you are really serious about cocktails then you could pay £1.49 for the app’s big brother – Mixologist.


5. Just Eat

You have followed the recipe, measured correctly, set 100 timers, yet the finished product still resembles dog food – not fit for human consumption. Give your guests an expertly shaken martini and run for plan B – takeaway.

There are so many apps which can bring food to your door, hassle free – the likes of deliveroo, Hungry House, foodpanda etc can all be your get out of jail free card when it comes to kitchen disasters.

However, Just Eat remains one of the best with over 20,000 delivery and collection restaurants in the UK alone. Pizza, kebabs, Japanese, Chinese, Indian – the choice is yours. Just don’t let your guests see the take-away containers.

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