When it comes to recipe ideas, there are those that think ahead. Yes, some people are diligent about recipe planning. When they go grocery shopping, they only buy the ingredients that they need for the week. Every night they know exactly what they are going to make, and by the end of the week, they don’t end up with a bunch of leftover ingredients that go to waste.
Then there are the rest of us.
There are those three potatoes that you haven’t managed to do anything with in the last week, a few scoops of yogurt left in the bottom of the container, and that random celery root that you bought with good intentions but really have no clue how to use.
But not to worry, there’s an app for that.
Handpick was designed to help people make use of the food they had on hand, rather than keep contributing to the escalating problem of food waste. But while it’s easy to search for potato recipes, what about recipes that use more than one ingredient? That’s exactly where Handpick comes in. Plug in the ingredients that you have on hand – eggs, carrots, and apples for example – and Handpick will pull up a selection of food ideas from around the web.
The app pulls from both social media sites like Instagram as well as food blogs, so you can filter your search to receive only posts with complete recipes, or simply pictures if you just need to give your brain a jolt of recipe ideas for what you could potentially make.
Today we waste up to 50 percent more food than we did in the 1970s. Using every item that we have on hand instead of throwing them out is just one of the many things you can do to try to reduce food waste at home. Even better if you feel like you’re having fun in the process; it’s an app built for food lovers, so you are just scrolling through food photos after all.
The app also recommends what your selected ingredient will pair with, which is helpful if you just need a little bit of cooking inspiration. For example, type in celery root and apple and Handpick will kindly let you know that the two will pair well with both spinach and cinnamon. Already the culinary concoction juices are flowing, aren’t they?
You can download Handpick on the app store.
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