You know an app is going to be good when my two hardcore Waitrose and iPhone loving friends both recommend it independently of each other.
I normally call my mum (aka the cook’s helpline) when I want to know cooking times for meat or the difference between boiling vigorously and a rolling boil. When you’ve got children climbing up the cooker you can’t be rifling through cookery books! My mum’s off on holiday for a week, so now the Waitrose app will be her stand-in…
The Cook’s Tools feature of the app is like downloading my mum’s core kitchen skills – GENIUS!
The How To videos are superb. It’s all too easy to misunderstand techniques when they’re explained in words and photos – now you can watch over and over again until you get it! Cutting up mangoes has always troubled me, so it’s great to see how it should be done.
The selection of recipes looks appealing and is regularly updated. I’m liking the look of Speedy Pasta with prawns, lemon and mint and Delia’s English Summer pudding.
The recipes are laid out with user-friendly tabs for ingredients, method, nutritional info and even drinks guidance for suitable matching tipples.
The shopping list function is a masterstroke. You can add items from any of the recipes to your list, you can also manually add stuff too. Then once you’re actually going wild in the aisles you tap the item you’ve just put in your trolley and it crosses it off your list. Love it!
You can also email your shopping list to someone else if you can’t be bothered to do the shop yourself – brilliant!
Weaknesses? The Service Counter section is a bit irritating coz it takes ages to download – but once it has it offers up explanations of all the cuts of meat, types of cheese and fish with suggestions of what you could do with them. Extra inspiration always good in my book.
The Offers section is also a little on the small side – but then Waitrose isn’t really known for its cheap deals…
If you’re after recipe inspiration and authoritative cooking advice this is the app for you! Plus it’s FREE too – winner!