So, occasionally, I would like to share my thoughts on some apps, and cookbooks (Lord knows, I gots a plenty of them, too.) Being my first review, I'd like to say, everyone's tastes are going to be different, but I'll try to give my honest thoughts. I refuse to do stars or number ratings, as that's pretty subjective, as anyone that follows critical reviews for movies and games will tell you. What I will give you is, if knowing what I know now, would I buy it again if given the chance. I think that's probably the best assessment I can give. If I lost you back there on that maze of thought, I apologize, and remember, moss grows on the north side of the tree.
*Claps her hands and signals for a drum roll* Our first review will be: Dadoo Grill Guide!
App: Grill Guide
Publisher: dadoo http://www.dadooiphone.com/Grill_Guide.html
Compatible with Iphone, Ipod Touch, & Ipad
Price as of posting (5/16/10) 99 cents
I bought the Grill Guide app as this spring has been unusually hot, bringing to mind the summer state of mind at our house. Grilling. Admittedly, I leave most of the grunt work to the hubby when it comes to fire and food in the great outdoors of our cement stoop. But I usually get the question, "How long should I put this on for?" Being that I know little of grilling, I usually pull up recommended times online.
Of course, there was the epic app frenzy that overtook me when I got the Touch, and started searching for food apps. Found it recommended on a tech blog, so I tracked it down on the Itunes store and bought it. One of the big stand-outs for me is the simple, but very visually appealing interface. Upon opening the app - you get a picture of a hot grill with different foods cooking away. Each piece of food represents the 7 grilling groups the app covers: pork, vegetables, red meat, lamb, poultry, fish & seafood, and fruit. The bottom has the app logo, along with touch access to the ruler feature. The food icons take you to a menu, where you select your food of choice. Dadoo tells you recommended cooking times, and direct or indirect heat. With meat products, you'll be given a choice of thicknesses and the appropriate times for each. Which brings me to the ruler feature - it can be used in the horizontal or vertical position of the Ipod.
Final thoughts: Would I buy it again? Yes. But don't buy it expecting grilling recipes. There are a few tips and ideas on how to cook a variety of foods, but these are for a basic grill. But it serves the basic function of listing grilling times for a variety of foods and thicknesses, deciding on the right flame, and the ruler function is a nice and handy feature. For 99 cents, I can't ask for much more than that.