Often times, when trying to figure out what to make for dinner, you can’t quite seem to orchestrate a way to combine all your available ingredients. Whether you’ve got bits of leftover ingredients, or simply have nothing that would work as a stand-alone meal, dinner doesn’t always come together easily. But now, with Foodmatic by Limit Point Software, users can simply enter any combination of ingredients, and the application will calculate exactly how well those ingredients will taste together. Users can even enter any given array of ingredients and have Foodmatic search for any recipes that include said items.
When you begin, you will see a box that allows you to enter the name of any item you may have. Below, Foodmatic provides a list of suggested ingredients. Every time you input another ingredient, Foodmatic alters its suggestions to include other items that may compliment your existing ingredients well. If you like one of the suggestions, simply tap it to add the item to your growing list. If nothing enticing appears, simply continue adding your own ingredients for further suggestions.
The dial at the bottom of the screen measures your ingredients’ compatibility, rating them either Kinda Tasty, Tasty, or Delicious. Each addition sways the meter one way or the other, though you will also receive a percentage approval rating as well. Once you’ve created an attractive concoction, tap Find A Recipe to see if the database includes any recipes that requires those specific ingredients. If not, simply return to the main page to edit your list until you yield a pleasing result.
Created based on a proprietary algorithm, Foodmatic was designed to determine what foods and flavors do or do not go together well based on scientific study of various dishes and recipes from all over the world. Of course, such an algorithm requires constant tweaking to make sure it provides the best suggestions possible, Foodmatic makes cooking more interesting, spicing up your kitchen before you even pull out your actual spices. Good for those who want to try new things in the kitchen, Foodmatic proves most useful for those on a budget. Many times, we end up with extra items that sit on a shelf, unused from another dish we’ve made. Instead of trying to blend these random items, we simply head to the store and spend more money on more food for distinct dishes. Foodmatic honestly provides an economical alternative, hopefully helping you put all your extras to good use.
Foodmatic [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.