While Thanksgiving is now behind us, other food-filled holidays are right around the corner. And if you do any sort of cooking whatsoever, you always need a few certain tools to aid you in your kitchen quest. In addition to the obvious ones, others may benefit you just as well, even if you don’t know about them yet! That’s why we put together a list of the top 10 best cooking and food applications for Android, all of them free! Have a look at the list below and be thankful you chose Android as your mobile OS; you will certainly thank Google and the developers responsible for these apps after you download and install them.
Prior to Android 4.1, stock Android devices did not include timer functionality in the Clock application, but with the new update, the app finally includes it. And while the vast majority of devices do not have Android 4.1, most manufacturer skins probably alter the Clock app so that it features a timer. Anyway, regardless of your Android OS version, you should have a timer. And as any chef knows, timers represent one of the most important tools in the kitchen. Cooking almost anything requires you to keep an eye on the clock to see how long it has left before it is done. A timer right on your Android device offers a convenient way to monitor the time remaining until your food is cooked while allowing you to multitask and use any number of the apps in the rest of our list.
Play Store: None (stock Android)
2. Cooking Conversions
Converting common kitchen measurements from volume to weight to temperature is one of the most important aspects of cooking. The aptly named Cooking Conversions allows you to convert any one of those values from one denomination to another rather easily. You can also increase or decrease the number of servings you want from a recipe. And it even features a handy list of substitutions you can make in recipes when you lack a particular ingredient. While it is not the prettiest application, Cooking Conversions features a simple design and what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in functionality and ease of use. One of the most vital apps for any chef, Cooking Conversions is must-have.
Play Store: Cooking Conversions
I have written about Evernote numerous times in various past top 10 lists, but the app continues to prove useful in a variety of scenarios. I often use Evernote to jot down a quick note about a dish I want to replicate or a new recipe I want to try. The number of uses afforded by the service are near limitless, but signing up to use Evernote is worthwhile not only for its main app, but also for the next app in our list.
Play Store: Evernote
4. Evernote Food
Evernote Food, from the makers of…Don’t tell me…I’ll think of it…It’ll come to me…Anyway, Evernote Food is a quality, standalone app that integrates with the original Evernote to allow you to keep track of food with photos and descriptions of meals you eat, create, and share with others. You can capture photographs straight from the app and tag them with captions, notes, and even location details so that you can create a memorable experience from your food adventures. I particularly enjoy using Evernote Food to maintain a log of dishes I attempt to cook myself, but snapping a picture of a unique dining experience is always fun too. Like Evernote, the Food variant is free, so do yourself a favor and at least try it.
Play Store: Evernote Food
Fooducate is a useful application for the health conscious. Using your camera, the app acts as a bar code scanner for food products. Once you scan an item, Fooducate reveals various information about the product, including a grade indicating how healthy it is and reasons for the grade. It also provides basic nutritional information on the item as well as healthier alternatives. And if you don’t have an item to scan, you can simply shake your device for information about a random item. At the very least, you’ll probably stumble upon an item you previously thought was healthy and learn something new about it or an alternative you might like. Whether you are out and about shopping for groceries or at home looking to rid your food stores of unhealthy items, Fooducate is a nicely designed free app that gets the job done.
Play Store: Fooducate
6. Is My Food Safe?
Is My Food Safe? is a handy application that contains various sections of useful information related to food safety. Specifically the app is broken down into “Is it done yet?”, a section which contains various types of food, mostly meats, and the temperatures at which they are considered cooked and safe to eat; “Time to toss?”, a section which contains information about how long you can keep food before you should consider throwing it away; and “Is my kitchen safe?”, a section which contains a quiz about various aspects of kitchen safety. I think the app is useful mainly for its cooking temperature listing, but the other portions of the app may be useful to you too. For free, the app features a neat design and plenty of good information; Is My Food Safe? is definitely worth a look.
Play Store: Is My Food Safe?
7. My Cookbook
My Cookbook is the Frankenstein’s monster of cooking apps and has a design to match. Though the layout could use work, the functionality of an app is what matters most. And with options to maintain a list of recipes, add new recipes (including pictures), create a shopping list, and import and export recipe files, My Cookbook is no slouch when it comes to to that. For those of you who prefer to condense multiple functions into one program, My Cookbook is the application for you. For those of you who subscribe to the Unix philosophy of multiple programs that each perform their respective functions very well, consider the previous applications in the list and read on for the rest of them!
Play Store: My Cookbook
8. Our Groceries
Our Groceries is perhaps one of the best grocery list applications available on any app market, its availability across multiple platforms being one of the keys to its success. I can download and install the app on my Android device, my girlfriend can download and install the application on her iPhone (I know, I know…), and we can both share the same list while we shop. Additions to and subtractions from the list update in real time and you can create multiple lists for multiple stores or occasions. The beauty of it all is that I can create a list at home and ask my girlfriend to stop at the store on her way home from work to purchase the items on the list. No “what list?”; just “check Our Groceries.” It may not look like much, but Our Groceries is an essential app for the shopping process, and in turn the cooking process.
Play Store: Our Groceries
Pinterest is not exclusively a cooking or food app, but it is hard to deny that many people who use the service post their edible creations just as frequently as anything else. If you already have an account with Pinterest, then you probably use their mobile application. But if you have yet to take the plunge, doing so is a quick process: all you do is enter the necessary information and choose a few images of food or other projects you like, and then the app will populate your screen with a bunch of similar or related projects people have posted. Pinterest can definitely be an abundant source of new cooking ideas and people often post lists of instructions and materials alongside their images, so you can usually recreate projects with a degree of accuracy. If you like to try new things in the kitchen, then Pinterest may be the app for you.
Play Store: Pinterest
10. Recipe Search
Recipe Search, from allthecooks.com, is a nicely designed, Holo-themed application that, much like Pinterest, displays images of dishes and the recipes used to create them. The app features a search function that allows you to enter a query and generate results based on the title of the recipe, its ingredients, and directions for completing it. Swiping over from the left side of the screen in the main part of the app reveals a menu with various options under “Find Stuff!”, for locating new food related stuff, and “Social”, for maintaining your profile and discussing cooking matters in the forums. Truly, Recipe Search is a rather robust app and may be a candidate for a more comprehensive, in-depth review in our Holo App Review. Look for that in the near future and in the meantime, be sure to check this one out.
Play Store: Recipe Search
And that concludes our list of the top 10 best cooking and food applications for Android. If you have any other categories you would like us to tackle, any apps you would like us to review, or any lessons about Android you would like to learn, please let us know in the comments. Thank you for reading!
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