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7 Must-Have Kitchen Apps

These mobile apps make all things food-related—cooking, shopping, cleaning up—more convenient. Even, dare we say, fun.


Grocery IQ

Use this grocery app to create lists for wherever you shop—the butcher, the baker, even the candlestick maker if you’ve got one—then organize items by aisle. Scan the bar code of your favorite products, and they’ll instantly be added to a designated shopping list. Free; Android and iOS.


Find local farmers markets with this app, which also lists which fruits and vegetables are in season in your area. Need help figuring out what to do with the 5 pounds of zucchini you just bought? No problem! Recipes can be accessed by specific food or ingredient. Free; Android and iOS.


If you’ve ever stood in the produce aisle sniffing a cantaloupe or pinching a pineapple while thinking, “I really have no clue what I’m doing,” this app’s ripeness guide is for you. Bonus: Get tips for storing fruits and veggies properly. $1.99; iOS


Food Network in the Kitchen

From Giada De Laurentiis’ bacon and scallion corn muffins to Bobby Flay’s lobster tacos, thousands of recipes are available from your favorite Food Network chefs. You can also hook into your personal recipe file saved on and get help converting pesky measurements. Free; Android and iOS.

How to Cook Everything

Want to learn how to crimp a pie crust or grind meat? New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman will show you with his clear-cut cooking-technique demos. One particularly thrilling feature: a setting that keeps your iPad (and the recipe you’re trying to follow) from dimming—a blessing for cooks with messy hands. $1.99; iOS


The categories on this cooking app mirror real-life needs—quick and easy, weeknight dinners, seasonal—making searching a breeze. Custom recipe recommendations are a nice touch; mention you don’t like olives, and you’ll never see a recipe featuring Kalamatas. Free; iOS


Green Shine

This green-cleaning app can help you keep your kitchen sparkling with chemical-free ingredients like salt and vinegar. The video that demonstrates how to use a lemon slice to remove tea stains from a porcelain cup is nothing short of magic. $2.99; iOS