In this day and age, because we are always pressured for time, we are always searching for ways to do things more quickly and more efficiently, aren’t we? The digital world continues to evolve every day and even caters for the hottest social currency today, which is food. Stephen Billingham, the President of the South African Chefs Association, has put together 10 mobile apps that every foodie needs in their life and on their mobile devices. The apps will help make eating, cooking and even enjoying food a lot easier than ever before. Whether you’re a master chef in the making, a mom on the go, or someone who lives to eat, like myself, these apps will definitely maximise your efficiency in the kitchen.

1. THE SOUTH AFRICAN FOOD RECIPE APP

Gone are the days of writing a list of ingredients before hitting the grocery store. Thanks to the South African Food Recipe App, you can do away with cookbooks and access the ingredients and recipes while doing your shop, basing your menu on what is in season or on special. The app boasts hundreds of recipes and provides users with easy ways to cook.

Click here to download the app for Android.

2. THE KITCHEN CALCULATOR CONVERTER 

No matter how experienced you are in the kitchen, everybody needs this app. The recipe converter helps you to convert between the most common measuring units used in cooking and baking. It allows you to scale recipes up (or down) to change the number of servings the recipe yields.

Click here to download the app for Android.

3. THE BRAAI NATION APP

This is a must-have for every South African! This innovative app effectively transforms your Apple or Android into the much anticipated BraaiPhone. You can now master the art of braaiing anything from delicious lamb chops to crispy braai bread simply by following the tips and recipes on your phone. Even better, you no longer need to keep a constant eye on your meat – the nifty Braaiphone timer allows you to fetch a beer and socialise without compromising on the taste of your meal.

Click here to download. Available for Android and iOS.

4. RSHOPPING LIST

This grocery list app notifies you every time you are near a store registered on your shopping list that you’ve noted contains items you need. The location search is powered by Google Maps, so you don’t even need to manually key in the address. The labels on the app allow you to categorise your products while specifying quantity and assigns priority level for hassle free shopping.

Click here to download the app for Android.

5. MEALBOARD

Planning has never been easier. MealBoard helps you streamline planning and shopping by helping you to plan meals, create your shopping list and track items in your pantry. You can simply import recipes and add them to your weekly calendar, making your life that much easier.

Click here to download the app for iOS.

6. CLEAN AND GREEN

Eating clean is easy when you have a plan. This app provides you with clean recipes that emphasise green food. For added convenience, each recipe comes with nutritional information.

Click here to download the app for iOS.

7. ALLTHECOOKS

With over 230 000 recipes and a vibrant community of cooking enthusiasts, Allthecooks is perfect for those who love cooking and sharing ideas. Categories include children’s recipes, healthy eating, mains, desserts, baking, drinks, sides, soups, stews, pasta dishes and so much more. Simply scan through recipes according to the ingredients you have on hand and get cooking.

Click here to download the app for Android.

8. THYME

This app is perfect for the cook that has lots on the go. What sets it apart from your phone timer is that it lets you keep and manage time separately for every burner on your stove and oven. No need to worry about overcooking, undercooking or burning your food.

Click here to download the app for iOS.

9. SIDECHEF

Need to brush up your culinary skills? SideChef makes learning to cook fun and simple for any skill level by giving you step-by-step instructions, photos and voice commands. This app gives any beginner the confidence to step into the kitchen while allowing the intermediate and advanced cook to hone in on their existing cooking skills.

Click here to download the app for Android.

10. FOODKEEPER

An easy way to keep your food safe. The app provides users with valuable advice on storing foods and beverages to maximise freshness and minimise food waste. It empowers consumers to select methods to extend shelf life and keep items fresher for longer.

Click here to download. Available for Android and iOS.

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