A good recipe organizing app can be a godsend during the busy holiday season. You have enough to do without digging out cookbooks, trying to remember which recipe is where, and straining your eyes to decipher that much-beloved (and impossibly faded) recipe from your grandmother. And with so many great recipe organizing apps on the market, you don’t have to!
Another advantage to recipe apps is that many have multimedia features that make cooking easier. Some will read recipe directions to you, others have embedded videos that demonstrate unfamiliar skills, and the really clever ones will even time each step of cooking for you automatically.
If you haven’t explored recipe organizing apps, now is a great time to get started before the holidays are in full-swing. Here’s a list of our favorite apps to transform you into a master chef. (Or at least someone who makes something edible!)
Recipe Organizing Apps For Cooking Enthusiasts
If you love to cook, then odds are you have dozens of favorite recipes, a collection of holiday must-haves, and hundreds of recipes you’re dying to try out. Keeping track of them all can be a challenge, but the apps on this list can simplify the process. We chose recipe organizing apps that make saving, finding, and sharing recipes easy as pie so that you can get back to actually making pie. (Yum!)
- Paprika: Paprika is designed for storing recipes, which can be backed up in a cloud and synced across devices. It allows you to snag recipes from online and save a copy in the app for later, but you can also add in handwritten or printed recipes from books. Colorful and beautifully designed, Paprika is eye-catching and intuitive to use. It includes other handy features as well, like times to use while cooking, monthly meal planning, and grocery lists that will auto-populate when you select recipes. (You can tweak these lists as well if, for instance, you already have some ingredients or need to buy more to double a recipe.) The app is available on iOS, Mac OS, Android, Windows, and Kindle Fire. It has a one-time cost of $4.99, but many people do consider it the gold standard for recipe organizing apps.
- Pepperplate: Another popular app experienced cooks swear by is Pepperplate. Fans love that it works on just about any device—Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and Windows—all for free. Like Paprika, Pepperplate also lets you create menus, plan meals, create shopping lists, and easily share recipes from the app. You can add recipes from the internet, create your own, and organize recipes into handy categories. The app also allows you to set multiple timers, and it has built-in tools to help you adjust ingredients to get just the right number of servings.
- BigOven: Boasting over 500,000 recipes, BigOven is a great place to find both family classics (I’m looking at you, shepherd’s pie) and novel takes on old favorites (like Thanksgiving pizza). You can search recipes by dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian and vegan meals, or by themes like “brunch,” “comfort food,” or “Friendsgiving.” As far as storing recipes goes, that’s pretty simple. You can save recipes from BigOven’s collection with one touch. You can also add pictures or scans of recipes, or use the handy recipe clipper to collect things from around the web. Additionally, you can create grocery lists, plan meals, or turn to the “use up leftovers” tools to make sure you cut back on waste in the kitchen. BigOven is available on Android, iOS, Kindle, and Windows for free with ads. It also offers a pro membership that eliminates ads and allows you to search recipes by diet, ingredient, and nutrition information.
- Cookpad: Cooking is social for many of us, and that’s something Cookpad recognizes. Part recipe organizing app, part social network, Cookpad is designed for finding and sharing recipes. You can bookmark your favorites you find on the site, react with applause or a heart, or even leave a comment telling someone how much you love a dish. Recipes you add to the app can be shared publicly, kept private, or shared limitedly with friends and family. It’s a great place to find trending and seasonal dishes. Cookpad is available for free on Android and iOS.
- OrganizEat: Another heavyweight contender for best recipe organizing app of 2020, OrganizEat makes saving recipes super easy with its snap ‘n store feature that allows you to capture handwritten recipe cards, pages from books, recipes in newspapers, and screenshots of web pages. You can tag and categorize them just like typed recipes, and you can even type notes underneath the images. Of course, you can also import recipes from all over the web, including from over 200 other popular sites like Delish, FoodNetwork, and AllRecipes. One really nice feature of OrganizEat is that once a recipe is added to your account, a version of it is saved there. So even if the recipe is taken down from the site where you found it, you’ll still have your copy in your OrganizEat account. Like many other apps here, you can build shopping lists in the app, plan meals, and turn on “cooking mode” to keep your device screen from cutting off. The down side to this great app is the free trial only allows you to save 20 recipes. To save more, you’ll need to upgrade. On the plus side, at $6.99/year, the subscription is pretty inexpensive. It’s available on Android and iOS.
Instructional Apps For Novice Cooks
Not all of us are natural chefs who can dream up incredible holiday meals. If you’re lacking the inspiration (or know-how) to plan your holiday feast, then these recipe organizing apps are just for you. Not only will they store your favorite recipes, but they’ll help you find new recipes easily—and even show you how to make them!
- Yummly: Maybe you’ve had the experience of landing on a recipe site, seeing “over 1,000,000 recipes” and wanting to give up right then. It’s overwhelming! The nice thing about Yummly is that it builds recommendations around your preferences. By entering information about allergies, diets, choices like vegetarianism or veganism, and tastes, you can eliminate a lot of recipes you’d never be interested in and get right down to the ones you’ll love. Another great feature is that Yummly calculates the nutritional value for recipes on their site, showing a breakdown of calories, fat, carbs, sugars, and so on. In addition to saving recipes from Yummly’s collection, you also have the option to save recipes from other sites, too. Like with OrganizEat, the down side to Yummly is it’s only free for 14 days. After that, it will cost you $4.99/month on Android or iOS.
- Food Network Kitchen App: If you’re a budding chef who’s serious about learning to cook, this is the app for you. The free version of the app lets you access over 80,000 recipes that you can save and sync across multiple devices. Build grocery lists, and even have your groceries delivered from the app through Amazon Fresh! With the premium version of the app, you can also stream live and on-demand videos from award-winning chefs, which is great if you’re more of a visual learner. The premium version of the app costs $4.99/month or $39.99/year and is available on Android and iOS. As an added bonus, each premium annual subscription provides 100 meals for kids through the nonprofit No Kid Hungry.
- The New York Times Cooking App: This app colleges the thousands of recipes featured in The New York Times illustrious cooking section. Featuring recipes from award-winning chefs around the world, these recipes offer diverse but accessible dishes explained in simple terms. New recipes are added weekly, and you can save your favorites right in the app. One feature new cooks will love is the option to save notes right on the recipe for the next time you make a dish. Your notes can be private or shared with other users. You can also share recipes from the app to your favorite social media sites. Sort by diet, meal, or type of food, create a grocery list, and use the handy in-app guides to learn the right technique for each dish. The app is available on Android and iOS for $4.99/month or $39.99/year, making it a little pricier than some options, but it’s also one of the most highly-rated apps on our list because of the quality of the recipes and the quality and usability of the app.
Recipe Organizing Apps For Specialized Diets
It’s not unusual for people to have food sensitivities, whether it’s something really common like dairy and shellfish or something more a little less common like gluten. Meeting the dietary needs of all your holiday guests can be challenging, but these apps can help you do just that.
- Tasty: Tasty began as an experimental division of Buzzfeed, but has grown to be the most profitable part of the company for a reason. Known for overhead cooking videos, Tasty focuses on food and the process of making it instead of celebrity chefs. The recipes are designed for a younger, amateur audience, and they prioritize simple processes, taste, and convenience. Although you can find Tasty recipes on Buzzfeed, YouTube, and in their cookbook, the free app for Android and iOS is the best way to experience them. A powerful recipe organizing app, you can use it to save your favorite recipes and customize recommendations or filter by diets like gluten-free, vegan, low-carb, and so on. Like with the Food Network App, you can create a shopping list and order groceries through Tasty via Walmart Grocery Pickup. As an added bonus, the app lets you easily substitute ingredients on your shopping list.
- Green Kitchen: For those interested in clean eating, Green Kitchen is a great option. The app contains 159 vegetarian recipes that use minimal gluten, sugar, and dairy, with an additional 28 recipes that can be purchased through the app. The recipes are simple, requiring little preparation and few ingredients. And unlike many similar websites, Green Kitchen uses common foods you could easily find in most grocery stores rather than speciality ingredients. You can save recipes within the app and email or iMessage your shopping list to yourself. Each recipe includes step-by-step directions and an estimated cooking time. The only down side of this app is it’s exclusively available through the Apple App Store for $3.99. However, Android users can find most of the same recipes either in Green Kitchen cookbooks or on the Green Kitchen website. In addition to the Green Kitchen app, which contains entrees, there’s also a second app, Healthy Desserts, that contains recipes with natural sweeteners, healthy fats, whole grains, and fruit.
- Oh She Glows: Angela Liddon began Oh She Glows as a blog in 2008. She was recovering from an eating disorder and was looking for easy, healthy foods that she and her husband would both enjoy. Her blog grew rapidly, leading to a book that quickly became a New York Times best-seller. The app that followed contains over 160 plant-based recipes, and over 140 of those are also gluten-free. Like with Green Kitchen, additional recipes can be purchased through the app. You can search recipes by nutritional information or filter for allergies or dietary preferences, seasonal dishes, or dish type, and you can make notes on recipes to tailor them to your needs. The app is $2.49 on the Google Play store and $1.99 on the Apple App store. One word of warning: unlike with Green Kitchen, many of the Oh She Glows recipes do require more specialized ingredients. That makes this a great app for experienced vegetarians and vegans, but it’s probably not the best starting point for beginners.
Let Recipe Organizing Apps Save Your Holiday Meals!
The holidays are stressful. It can be hard to juggle all of our responsibilities at this time of the year. But don’t let that take the fun out of holiday meals! With hundreds of great recipe organizer apps out there, anyone can find an app that will relieve the pressure of holiday cooking.
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