Pepperplate is a cooking application designed to make things easier in the kitchen. It assists the user in managing recipes, planning meals, creating shopping lists, and syncs with computer and mobile devices so that the shopping list is accessible on the go.
Pepperplate was launched in 2011, but no information is available regarding the founders or owners of the app. Statistics show that users are generally increasing. Unique visitors have ranged between 307 and 11,447 in the last twelve months. Reviews on iTunes and various cooking blogs are positive.
There are hundreds of applications for cooking and recipes. What seems to make Pepperplate unique is its usability and flexibility. Being able to sync with a mobile device is very valuable. The option to use "Cook Mode" to prevent screen dimming while cooking is a must. The ability to set timers within the app for multiple recipes at one time when cooking several items.
Once registered, the application takes the user directly to the dashboard. The first page is the recipe list. The user may sort alphabetically or by date. Recipes may be added via URL if it is from a website, or manually if it is not. The problem with the URL import feature is that it must be from a "supported site", of which there are twenty seven. If the recipe is not from those sites, it must be entered manually.
Adding from a supported URL imports the recipe and allows for editing. It is formatted with the website of origin, title of recipe, yield, time, ingredients, and instructions. The user may choose to add the ingredients to a shopping list with one click, mark it as a favorite, delete, or share it via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Users may also scale the recipe. For example, during testing, the cookie recipe that was imported made 4 dozen. If a user only wanted one dozen, they could scale the recipe to 1/4 and the app would change all of the ingredient measurements accordingly. This is an extremely useful feature when taking an average recipe and either making it for a smaller group or a much larger one. The recipe may be added to the weekly meal planner, if desired. There is also a space for notes. All information may be edited. When adding to the shopping list, all items will appear, but the user may uncheck those items not needed.
To enter a recipe manually, the user must enter a title, description (optional), ingredients, instructions, and notes. By following the entries from the top to bottom, hints are given for entering information. After entering the basics, the user may enter the yield, active time, total time, source, URL, category, and notes. After clicking "Save", the recipe is formatted exactly like the imported recipe and has all of the same options, including scaling. Note: to have instructions numbered, put each instruction on a separate line and the app will do it automatically.
Menus are created from the recipe list and may be named in whatever manner the user likes. The menu may then be added to the meal planner.
The planner contains seven days, starting with the current date. It has space for planning morning, midday, and evening meals. Hovering over the day allows entry of recipe name or other item for that meal.
The shopping list may be organized by store aisle (category) or by recipe. It is printable or may be synced with the iPhone app to take to the store.
This is an easy-to-use app, especially for recipes that are found on the supported sites: Allrecipes.com, Bon Appetit, Chow, Cooking Channel, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Epicurious, Food & wine, Food Network, Food Network Canada, Food Republic, Food.com, Health.com, La Cucina Italiana, Martha Stewart, MyRecipes.com, Real Simple, Recipe.com, Serious Eats, Simply Recipes, Skinnytaste, Smitten Kitchen, Taste of Home, Taste.com.au, Tasty Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, and the Vegetarian Times. Links to all of these are provided on the import recipe page.
Registration requires a first and last name, email address, and password.
Pepperplate is completely free to use.
This application will be a favorite of the person in charge of meal planning, shopping, and cooking. It is an all-in-one solution for the busy person. Once the recipes are entered, it is simple to plan out a week of menus, add items to a shopping list, and go! The fact that it has a compatible app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, just makes it better.