Best free iPhone apps for cooks

From cooking a filet mignon to grocery shopping tips, there is a variety if free iPhone apps made just for cooks. Looking for a nutritious vegan recipe? Now you can have all of your culinary questions answered whenever and wherever you need. The best free iPhone apps for cooks offer flavorful recipes and advice for novice and even more experienced cooks.

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List

This is a wonderful free app for cooks. Not only does it provide interesting recipes but when you choose a recipe, you can transfer the ingredients onto a shopping list. And even better – there are over 25,000 recipes to choose from. When browsing the recipes you can add and save to a favorites list so it’s easy to find. This cooking app is available for free for both the iPhone and iPad.

HarvestMark Food Traceability

Ever wondered where your bananas were picked? Maybe not, but the HarvestMark Food Traceability app is a nifty tool that allows you to trace your food to its source. The UPC can either be scanned or the number entered into your iPhone and the app will let you know not only where the food was grown but if there are any problems associated with the producer. The app only works on products with the Harvest Mark logo which is placed on many foods you buy in the grocery store. This app is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at no cost.

Whole Foods Market Recipes

This app is similar to the Epicurious app – you search recipes and can add them to a grocery list. The Whole Foods Market Recipes app also lets you search recipes by preference including gluten-free and vegetarian.  A great addition to this app is the ability to enter ingredients you have on hand and it will help you come up with a recipe.  This free app can be downloaded to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Dinner Spinner

To accompany one of the most highly used recipe websites, the Dinner Spinner app allows you to scan the thousands of recipes available. You can scan the recipes by dish type, ingredients, or the cooking time. Just like on the website, the recipes are rated by people who have tried the recipe so you can see at a glance if the recipe is worth trying. Each recipe has a color photograph and cooking instructions. This app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch at no charge.

Grocery iQ

The Grocery iQ app is one of the best free apps available for food shopping. With this app, you scan the barcode of the item and it’s automatically added to your grocery shopping list. The app will also find corresponding online coupons that you can print to save some money at the supermarket. The best part – you can sort the list to correspond with the isles in your grocery store. This app won’t help you cook the food but it will make grocery shopping day a lot more convenient. Grocery iQ is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for free.

The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook

Many a home cook has relied on Betty Crocker, whether its Betty Crocker recipes or Betty Crocker products. The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook app delivers over 9,000 recipes with pictures and instructions. You can supply your ingredients on hand and the app will offer recipe suggestions. You can also receive coupons for different General Mills products. This app is free and compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

These culinary apps are perfect for in the kitchen and while shopping. They are useful, easy to navigate and best of all – they are free. If you are in a hurry, you will have everything you need right at your fingertips to find the perfect recipe for your dinner tonight.