PROS / AccuChef has a useful shopping list feature that enables you to add ingredients for an entire recipe with just one click.
CONS / The program lacks a smartphone app.
VERDICT / AccuChef comes with a number of tools to help you in the kitchen, such as a menu planner and a recipe cost estimate tool, though it lacks a few others that would make it even more convenient.
AccuChef is cookbook and recipe software that comes with features to make your life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable. With this software, you can plan meals, scale recipes and estimate recipe costs. Unfortunately, AccuChef lacks the mobile convenience of a smartphone app. However, this application helps you find the right recipes for your meals so you can make the best dishes for your family, friends and guests.
The first thing you'll notice when you launch this recipe management software is the dated and unimpressive user interface. Despite its mediocre interface, though, AccuChef is easy to use and comes with several features that make it a decent kitchen companion. This recipe software comes with meal-planning capabilities that enable you to plan dishes weeks in advance. However, the meal planner requires copying and pasting recipes into the calendar, which can be a tedious process. This recipe organizer allows you to scale recipes by simply adjusting the number of servings, which is a convenient feature.
With this program, you can enter a few ingredients that you have on hand and the application will search the database to find matching recipes. You can also scan all of your recipes at once, because they are listed in alphabetical order. AccuChef also allows you to create hard copies of your favorite recipes to keep in your own kitchen or share with family and friends.
When you add recipes to the menu planner, they are marked, which comes in handy when you want to create a quick shopping list. If you simply click on the Shopping List button, all of the marked recipes will be added to the list. You can also find a Process button in the menu-planning section that groups similar items together to make shopping for your ingredients more convenient, as you can see what items you can get from the same aisles. AccuChef estimates the cost of a recipe as a whole and per serving. However, many common items such as olive oil, rosemary and garlic cloves do not have cost information, so you must enter these manually.
This recipe software has a tips section, free updates and helpful tutorial videos to show you how to use the program, as well as email support. There is also a network option that allows you to share this application on multiple computers in your household. However, this program does not currently offer a smartphone app.
AccuChef cookbook and recipe software offers features that make it a useful kitchen companion. The ability to scale a recipe is one of the greatest aspects of this application. Additionally, once you have the cost of items entered into the database, you can create a shopping list complete with the total cost of your ingredients. However, it lacks a few conveniences of the best recipe software, such as a smartphone app and an appealing interface.