Whether you’re an amateur chef just waiting for that phone call to be on a cooking show, or a harried mom trying to figure out what to make with what is in your pantry, or a newly christened stay-at-home dad who just needs to know what to feed the kids for dinner, this list of apps can help you turn kitchen chaos into a zen-like state of joy.
Free Kindle Fire Kitchen Apps
- Pepper Plate.This free app for the Kindle Fire lets you import recipes to the Pepperplate website from your favorite sites; combine recipes into menus and organize meals for the week or the month by adding menus and recipes to the schedule; take your entire recipe collection with you to the grocery store to shop for ingredients; and share your favorite recipes with family and friends using e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
- AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner.This app, also free from Amazon, allows you to collect your favorite recipes; search by ingredient to use up what is in your pantry, fridge or garden, or by cooking time to fit your schedule; shake your phone for cooking ideas, and share your recipes via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.
- What’s for Dinner? This is another free meal planning app that gives you access to all of your recipes and more whether you are in your kitchen or on the go. You can search multiple popular recipe websites all at once, then quickly create a categorized shopping list that allows you to navigate the store quickly and check things off as you shop.
- The KnowledgeBook:Cooking app is perfect for times when the terms in your recipe (like “papillote” and “chiffonade”) stump you. You’ll also get conversion tables at your fingertips, as well as information on cooking at different altitudes, and ingredient substitutions that really work!
- The Chef’s Kitchen Timer makes it simple to keep tabs on what’s cooking while you tend to other tasks. There’s no need to enter your pin or mess with the lock screen! This app features quick entry and start-up – add a shortcut and start a 10-minute timer with just three taps from your home screen. You can have as many timers as you want with no restrictions.
Paid Kindle Fire Kitchen Apps
- The Weight Watchers Diary lets you quickly look up foods, track your points, select foods and favorites, deduct fro your daily allowance, share faves with friends, and use charts to help manage your progress. Calculate points and activity with built in calculators and keep on top of your weekly diet with automatic rollover and recommendations. App costs $1.99.
- The Wine and Food Guide makes figuring out which wine goes best with your evening’s entrée a snap. Never serve red when you should have served white again, and gain knowledge of the terminology and slang so you can be the perfect hostess. App costs 99 cents.
- Brunch Capsules is a top 20 winner of the Google Android developer Challenge. Eight tasty brunch “capsules” each include a grocery checklist, a recipe steps list, info and tools needed, a short “how-to” cooking show, and a photo of the finished brunch. It’s the perfect way to spice up those late Sunday mornings! App costs 99 cents.
- Gluten Free Kitchen offers 24 delicious recipes for those fighting to stay on a GF diet. Pancakes, muffins, sandwich rolls, minestrone, spaghetti, cookies and cake are all within reach. Perfect for company when you know you have a gluten sensitive guest coming for dinner! App costs 99 cents.
- Finally, Money Saving Tips for the Kitchen can help you shrink your budget while getting creative. Learn about food storage, food stretching, and salvaging food disasters. It’s the app that pays for itself! App costs $3.19.
These Kindle Fire kitchen and cooking apps can make cooking easier and more fun than ever, while saving you money and ensuring your time in the kitchen is well spent.
The ReaderDock F-Station can also help out in the kitchen by holding your Kindle Fire at just the right angle so you can use it hands-free while whipping up your favorite foods or by playing your favorite music while you chop, stir and taste.
Have fun in the kitchen!