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The Best Apps to Improve Your Home Cooking

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Nearly 28% of Americans — nearly a third — say they don’t know how to cook. But according to research, those who cook meals at home usually eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who eat out more (and they save money). We’ve offered residents of The Mansions at Lakeway resources like food delivery apps, so today we’re focusing on apps to help you master the kitchen.

1. The Photo Cookbook. This app provides a beautiful visual walkthrough that takes the linguistic interpretation out of cooking. No more wondering what they really mean by venting potatoes. No more wondering which direction to cut a tomato. You’ll have a guided tour that’s just as much fun to look at as it is to bring to life.

2. Escoffier Cook’s Companion. We’ve all been there before. No matter how much we prepare, our precious Pyrex container disappears like a rogue dryer sock. Because this app has been there before, it features a built-in timer and unit converters. It even features a handy equipment database so you’ll always know how to use hundred of kitchen utensils — no matter how intimidating they are.

3. Gojee. In the mood to cook but too cozy for a run to the grocery store? This app finds recipes that match the ingredients you already have. So if you’re trying to figure out what the heck you can do with a bag of cereal, a salmon, and kale, this app is your only hope.

4. Allrecipes Dinner Spinner. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an app that could just scan what you already have and then make a shopping list of what you need for your recipe? Thankfully, someone had an idea. Just scan the barcodes of what you’ve already got and you’re ready to get the rest.

5. Substitutions. From allergies to food preferences, this comprehensive app gives you substitution ideas whenever you need them the most. Whether you want your recipe to be low-sodium or gluten-free, you just flat out hate dairy, or you want to switch things up, this is the app for you.

What are your favorite apps for the kitchen? Share with the rest of the apartment community here in Lakeway, TX by leaving a comment. Enjoy!