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Handpick: Your Ingredients, Your Meals

Julia Child once said, “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun!”

It can be difficult to figure out what to cook when standing in front of a fridge full of different ingredients. Not only do you have to figure out which ingredients to use, you also have to find and remember a recipe. A lot of times we scour the Internet for new recipes only to find out that we don’t have any of the ingredients for that meal.

So what do we do when we do not want to make another trip to the grocery store? An app called Handpick has a simple solution to this problem. Handpick is an app that helps you find recipes based on the ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

Handpick considers itself to be the “largest searchable collection of food posts” with over 10,000 ingredients and millions of recipes. According to the company’s CEO, Payman Nejati, “We started Handpick to let users input what they already have in their kitchen and find dish ideas using those ingredients. We’re curating the best dishes from Instagram and top food blogs, making it easy to discover how people around the world use your favorite ingredients.”

To get started with the app, simply enter the ingredients you would like to use and click enter. After entering your ingredients, you will have a chance to search a collection of recipes from food blogs, culinary magazines, and reputable cooking sites. Once you find the meal you would like to prepare, click on the meal and begin cooking while viewing the recipe. 

Handpick is also a great app for creating, saving, and sharing food topics based on your favorite flavors and personal taste. You can find inspiration from different recipes by using the “Related Recipes” feature or find meals that are easy to prepare in a pinch.

For those who are looking for pre-planned meals, the Handpick app includes a “Meal Kit” tab. According to the app’s description, “Handpick’s Meal Kit tab offers meal plans which include shopping lists of ingredients to cook three pre-planned meals for the week, minimizing food waste, and saving you time. Use the ingredient pairing to find dishes you can make with the ingredients you have on-hand or want to try.” The app is perfect for those looking for some much-needed meal inspiration.

Handpick is free for download on both iOS and Android devices.

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