One of the worst aspects of a kitchen is the continuous mess that is associated with the numerous tools that a home cook needs.
With scales, measuring cups, spoons, recipe boxes and grocery lists filling up every cabinet and drawer, sometimes it can feel like there’s hardly enough room for the food in the cupboards.
To help you make the most of your kitchen, here are several amazing kitchen tool apps for iPhone users that are guaranteed to save you space and time.
1. Kitchen Stories Recipes
Unless someone has been gifted a plethora of family recipes passed down through generations, learning new meals and how to prepare them can be incredibly difficult. Fortunately, Kitchen Stories Recipes has created the ultimate platform for users to upload their own favorite recipes for the world to discover.
Not only are users able to upload written descriptions of personal recipes, but they can also feel like their own Food Network Star as they upload videos and pictures of the recipe’s preparations alongside its written directions.
One of the best aspects of this app is that you can organize your own recipes with recipes from other users to craft the perfect virtual recipe box that will allow you to continue exploring and storing your favorite recipes all in one convenient location: your pocket!
Download: Kitchen Stories Recipes (Free)
A major contributing factor for many home chefs is the nutritional benefits that come alongside preparing your own meals. Unfortunately, determining which ingredients are healthy and which ones aren’t can be difficult.
MyFitnessPal has been developed as a handy tool to aid in weight management, but has some incredibly useful tools that any home cook will love in the kitchen. In addition to the app’s built-in calorie counting system, it offers up the nutritional values for a plethora of different foods.
The app provides nutritional information on whole foods as well as a restaurant and bar scanner option to assist in tracking the nutrient content of popular restaurant dishes. And it’s not just calories, but more specifically fat content, sugar content, protein content, vitamins, and more.
Download: MyFitnessPal (Free, subscription available)
3. Omaha Steaks
One of the most difficult aspects of mastering the art of cooking is learning how to properly prepare different cuts of meat. Calculating appropriate cook times and temperatures dependent on the type of meat and the supposed thickness is incredibly difficult.
Luckily for any fan of the grill, Omaha Steaks has developed the perfect steak companion tool. The timer within the app features several customizable options including the type of meat (ranging from steaks to fish), as well as the thickness of the meat and the desired level of cook.
Then after just a few programmable options, start the timer and follow the easy step-by-step instructions to ensure that you enjoy the perfect steak dinner time and time again.
Download: Omaha Steaks (Free, in-app purchases available)
4. Egg Timer Plus
Boiling an egg may seem like one of the most simple tasks in the kitchen, but it has several variables that make it trickier than you may assume. In order to ensure that you have the perfect boiled egg time after time, Egg Timer Plus is the perfect tool to help with mastering the boiled egg.
The app comes fitted with a timer that auto sets to the perfect time dependent on the temperature and size of the egg, as well as the desired solidity of the yolk. Whether you’re a fan of runny yolks that are perfect for dipping with toast or need perfect hard boiled eggs for deviled eggs at a party, this timer is guaranteed to assist in mastering a plethora of boiled egg recipes.
Download: Egg Timer Plus (Free, premium version available)
5. Unit Convertor
Even the best chefs still find unit conversion difficult at times. Not only does one often need to know how to convert between imperial and metric standards of measurement, cooks must also consider the fact that although they are named similarly, things like gallons have different standards of measurement between the United States and the United Kingdom.
This can be difficult to navigate when one is first learning their favorite international recipes. One wrong move in the kitchen can end up causing a total dinner time disaster. With this Unit Convertor, almost every conversion imaginable is simple and within your reach.
In just a matter of seconds the app is easily able to convert temperatures from Fahrenheit to Celsius, measure tablespoons against one another, and convert grams to milligrams. This app has so many useful unit conversions, the kitchen will be only one of the many places you find yourself using this handy app.
Download: Unit Convertor (Free, premium version available)
Many cooking apps have begun to branch into the idea of in-app grocery lists, but one app that has truly mastered this service is Mealime.
Mealime has such an amazing grocery service because not only will the app assist in creating a well organized and efficient shopping list to help move quickly through the grocery store, it will help to ensure that every single item purchased is used to the best of its abilities.
With Mealime, no longer will withered produce and expired ingredients that were used singularly be tossed like dollar bills into the trash. Mealime helps to ensure that the grocery shopping is done hand in hand with meal planning to guarantee that all of the ingredients are efficiently used, meaning that this app is actually a potential money saver in the long run.
Download: Mealime (Free, subscription available)
A difficult aspect for even experienced chefs can be the simple task of figuring out what to cook. This becomes easier and easier as a home cook develops their own skills and recipes, however even those with the most well tuned kitchen skills still sometimes find difficulty in figuring out what they want to eat.
This problem is often only intensified by the limitations that our fridges and pantries present. Yummly is the perfect app to help figure out what to eat at any time of the day, based directly on the ingredients you already have in your home.
Using the app’s search feature, you can input ingredients in your kitchen to discover a plethora of recipe options. The app features over two million recipes with instructional guides to guarantee that you have the perfect meal every time.
Download: Yummly (Free, subscription available)
Let Your iPhone Be Your Sous Chef
Cooking at home can be a rewarding experience individually for the chef at hand who gets to experience a beautiful and tasty meal, and can also be a wonderful way to bring couples and families together.
Despite the social and health benefits that are presented with preparing your own food, there are seven nights a week and having the energy to cook night after night can seem quite daunting. Luckily for us, make things even easier, some companies are offering at home meal services to make deciding what to cook next an even simpler task.