App of the Week: Handpick

By Dr. Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

As the semester gets busy, I do not always have time to get to the grocery store. But sometimes when I come home, well, the fridge and cupboards are kind of bare. I might have three potatoes, a couple slices of cheese, and a clove of garlic, half a stick of butter, and a container of yogurt.

I could order pizza or go out to eat, but that can eat away at my budget.

Or I can use Handpick.

Handpick is an app with more than 10,000 ingredients listed. Simply click on the list the ingredients you have available, and it will search hundreds of sites for recipes that include your ingredients. Some recipes require more ingredients, but many will call for just the ingredients you listed (or less).  This app can be downloaded from the App store or from Google Play.

According to the National Resource Defense Council, we waste 50% more food than we did in 1970. This app is a wonderful way to make use of the food you currently have, save you a few dollars, and provide you inspiration to try new culinary delights!

(What did it suggest for me and my ingredients? Baked potatoes topped with a cheese sauce made from the cheese, butter, garlic, and a couple scoops of yogurt.  Hungry yet?)

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