Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Time your turkey right and convert measurements easily: cooking apps to help with a calm and organised Christmas day

rexfeatures_3907573a.jpg

Christmas dinner is, notoriously, the most stressful of meals to cook. From putting the turkey on several hours before you even think about sitting down to trying to balance a mountain of trays in your oven, while laying the table and greeting your guests, it can become overwhelming if you haven't made a plan beforehand.

But thankfully the dawn of the smartphone and tablet means that there are now hundreds of apps that can help with timings, recipes and even leftovers. And without having to flick through books that end up covered in gravy, many of these apps can be used hands free so that you can get 100 things done at once, and end up looking like superwoman. 

Prepare for a calm, argument-free Christmas.

1. Substitutions

Subs

Free on iOS

This app offers a host of alternatives if you have a guest coming with an allergy to a particular ingredient - offering alternatives to milk and butter for lactose intolerant guests for instance - but is also very handy if you found you've run out of a key ingredient in a recipe.


2. Cookbookkey

Cookbookkey

£1.99 on iOS, soon to launch on Android

If your kitchen shelf is groaning with cookbooks and you can never find the exact recipe you want, this app is a lifesaver. Simply scan in the barcodes of your books and it gives you a searchable database of their recipes. 


3. Butterball Cookbook Plus

Butterball

Free on iOS and Android

Made by American turkey company Butterball, this app is full of ideas for cooking turkeys. Although it is aimed at Thanksgiving celebrations, the recipes can easily be used for a delicious Christmas meal.


4. Great British Chefs Kids

Chefs

Free on iOS 

If you have children around at Christmas, it can make it a lot easier to show them how the meal is being put together than worrying about what they are up to while you're cooking. This app has a host of child-friendly recipes from Michelin-starred chefs for fairly complex dishes and how you can cook them with a child.


5. Paprika

Paprika

£2.99 on iOS and Android

This recipe app lets you search by ingredients offering up a compendium of recipes with nutritional information and meal planning so that making a meal when the shops are shut is as easy as pie.


6. Kitchen Timer Pro

Timer

£1.99 on iOS 

Having just one kitchen timer can be a nightmare when you have several dishes on the go - thankfully this multi-timer app lets you note down how long everything has left, all one one screen.


7. Love Food Hate Waste

Waste

Free on iOS and Android

From the government campaign against food waste, this app offers up recipes and ideas for leftovers. With a portion planner as well as a shopping list function it gives you hundreds of ideas for the inevitable leftover Brussel sprouts.


8. Riverford Veg

Riv

Free on iOS

Struggling to do something inventive with swedes? No idea how to tackle a butternut squash? This app from the Riverford farm shop gives you hundreds of ideas for vegetable dishes to go alongside, or as the main event at a Christmas meal.


9. Epicurious

Epic

Free on iOS and Android

Highly rated, this app from the magazine of the same name suggests recipes accompanied by beautiful photography and the option to make your own shopping lists to make the most impressive Christmas meal possible. 


10. Escoffier Cooks Companion

Escoff

Free on iOS

If you're cooking with a recipe that uses imperial measurements, converting to metric can be a nightmare, but this app makes it simple to convert pounds to grams and inches to centimetres.

Related

rexfeatures_4244057b.jpg

The A-list embrace Christmas jumpers

jk-rowling.jpg

Harry Potter for Christmas? JK Rowling gives the world new story

Untitled-12.jpg

The best A-list Instagram pictures of the week

Comments

More

Manchester attack: how you can help

The ways you can support the victims, survivors and investigation

by Amy Swales
23 May 2017

The entertainment world reacts to the Manchester terror attack

Tributes have poured in from stars across the globe following the tragedy

by Joe Ellison
23 May 2017

Manchester attack: the woman who heroically protected over 50 children

Paula Robinson has been praised for her heroism on social media

by Kayleigh Dray
23 May 2017

Manchester Arena blast: at least 22 dead and more than 50 injured

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called it a “barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 May 2017

Everything you need to know about alkaline hydrolysis

It's an eco-friendly alternative to burials

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017

How to chill a bottle of white wine in less than 3 minutes

Because who has time to wait for wine?

by Kayleigh Dray
22 May 2017

Bride’s wedding shoot with male bridesmaids goes viral

This computer engineer's bro-maids are basically awesome

by Amy Swales
22 May 2017

This is how you decide what to eat for lunch

Salad or sandwich?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017

How to tell if your friendship is failing - and how to fix it

These are the warning signs to look out for

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 May 2017

This is an avocado filled with coffee because the avolatte is upon us

That's a latte. Inside an avocado, yes.

by Amy Swales
22 May 2017