Sure, we've all heard about those fancy recipe apps for smartphones that hold the key to preparing thousands of delicious dishes, but for those of us who have always lacked the courage to step into the kitchen wearing a tall, white hat, those apps have never cut the mustard...
What we, cooking-challenged individuals have always needed is a guide to the complete experience of cooking. And you know what? There just isn't an app that can give you that. There are recipe apps, groceries apps, timer apps, conversion apps, but there isn't a single, simple solution that would let us finally get going in the kitchen. But just because a developer out there hasn't thought of such a complete solution doesn't mean that we're giving up. Nope. Quite the contrary - we here folks at PhoneArena, whose cooking abilities reach as far as playing Dinner Dash (Cooking Dash is just too complicated), will NOT... GIVE... UP! That's why we decided to cook up this complete, yet extremely to-the-point guide that will finally learn you (and us) how to prepare real food. No more boiled eggs! No more noodles! Hello, Bourbon Street Chicken! Hello, Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy!
Okay, let's tone the excitement down a little bit, because we still have a lot of work to do, before we end up with an actual meal. Now, fellow nerds, please proceed by exploring the slides of the following gallery, for at the end of it, you will be able to proudly call yourselves... real chefs!
Please note that PhoneArena doesn't assume any responsibility for damage caused to you or your home due to failed attempts at cooking!
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Become better in the kitchen (with a little help from your Android phone)
Like it or not, we do have to start with a recipe app. After all, we need to develop our goal! BigOven is a great choice in this respect, as it's home to more than 170k unique recipes. Our advice would be to start with something simpler. Say an omelet, which we would classify as a moderate-difficulty recipe. It doesn't require too many ingredients and shouldn't prove to be that much of a problem...
The bad thing about those recipes is that they usually aren't location aware. That means they may give you all units and stuff in metric standard, when you need them in imperial, or vice versa. That's where the Cooking Conversions app comes in. It will convert various kinds of volume, weight and temperature units for you, and will even give you advice on what products you can use as substitutes for certain ingredients. This way, you'll be able to "decipher" the recipe that you've chosen.
OK, now that you've chosen a recipe and understood what products and how much of them you need, it's finally time to start cooking! Um, actually not. Since you are still reading this, chances are you DON'T have anything in your kitchen that can be cooked. Alright, fellas, it's time to go out and buy some groceries! However, we doubt that there's a worse experience than going for groceries, getting back home, and realizing that you've forgotten to get that key ingredient. That's why we'd recommend installing an app like OurGroceries, which will help you keep a neat list of everything that you need to buy. If you happen to not be alone in this terrific experience, you'll appreciate the fact that your grocery list in OurGroceries can be kept in sync across devices.
Back already? Good, it's now time to finally start cookin'! Once you've chopped and prepared your stuff, you'll eventually have to start baking, boiling, frying or whatever. However, since you are new to this, there's a risk that you may put something in the oven and forget that it's there. That's bad! We don't want this to happen! The best thing you can do to avoid this is by getting some kind of a timer app like QTimer. What we liked about it is that you can actually create pre-set timers with it. For example, you can create a timer named 'Boiling eggs', which runs for 5 minutes. From then on, each time you feel like cooking eggs, you won't have to remember how much time you had to boil those guys, your timer will be ready for you!
Alright guys (we really hope there aren't any gals reading this), now that we've covered pretty much every important moment in the cooking experience, the essential part has finally arrived - eating that magnificent piece of awesomeness that you've created with your own, capable hands. Hey, put your hands off that plate! Cooking real food is cool by itself, but sharing the result with a few friends is 10,000 times better. Lawry's Digital Dinner Bell is a handy little app that can use texts, automated phone calls or Facebook in order to notify the buddies you've selected that it's finally dinner time!
Useful tip from your friendly neighborhood chef: Better try this at a friend's house first, and then at your own!