Category Archives: Meaty Apps for your phone

Burns Night – there’s an App for that

OK, so the actual Night was on the 25th January but I’m guessing that many of you might be having your Burns Night event over the weekend and I have just stumbled across this great App to help you …
It is getting rave reviews and this is what the blub says ….

At last, an app to help you plan and have fun with one of the world’s greatest birthday parties. Going to an event this year? Find out what to expect, or learn something new. Better yet, why not plan your own wee birthday party in honour of Rabbie, one of history’s great partiers?

The app, produced by Spot Specific, and made super-stylish by Scott Smyth’s design, is now available from iTunes and live on the Android Market. So what are you waiting for? Download it and explore it for yourself! Thousands have already, thanks to iTunes featuring it on their New & Noteworthy picks the best new Lifestyle apps.
A stirring performance by Alasdair MacRae brings Tam o’ Shanter to life, and you can use the autocue to follow his lead and work on your own delivery without worrying about forgetting the lines or losing your place. Top singers Karine Polwart, Corrina Hewat and Annie Grace have treated us to some of their acclaimed Burns arrangements, and the built-in compass points you to Robert Burns’s birthplace, allowing you to salute him when raising your glasses to his Immortal Memory.

Learn all you ever wanted to know about Auld Lang Syne (including some of its more esoteric translations – Klingon for example), find out what it all means and cook up a storm with Burns Supper recipes.

So even if you have already had your Burns Night Supper for this year take a look and be all set up for next time.

Charlie the butcher



Cooking your turkey – there’s an app for that

OK …. the most regular question from both turkey virgins and old hands is …. “How long should I cook the turkey ?”.  Each family seems to have developed its own approach to the whole business.

It can be a very stressful time especially if you are hosting Christmas lunch for the first time and want to impress – but you don’t always need to get up in the middle of the night to kick the whole the process off.

You might like to look at this app that seems to be getting reasonable reviews ….   at just 69p it might be a life and reputation saver ….

The write up says ….

TurkeyTimer helps you take the guesswork out of Christmas and other holiday cooking. Enter the weight of your turkey, whether it’s stuffed, your desired internal temperature, and whether you plan to baste the turkey. Using algorithms based on top cookbook instructions, TurkeyTimer will track the approximate brownness of your turkey, the approximate internal temperature of your turkey, and about how long it will be until you can take the turkey out of the oven. This handy tool will even remind you when it’s time to baste the turkey!

– Know how soon your turkey will be ready
– Know your turkey’s internal temperature
– Track your turkey’s brownness
– Choose between a moister or a dryer turkey
– Know when it’s time to baste
– Always works, even if you send text messages or make or receive phone calls

With TurkeyTimer, you can be certain that your turkey will be perfect!

It’s a bit Americanised and I’m not sure though about defrosting times as I always say fresh is best – support your local butcher ….

Charlie the butcher

Meat-related apps

I’ve been at the research again looking for the latest Apple Apps that you might find handy.  Here goes with the first few …..


Quality Standard and Red Tractor Beef and Lamb present iBBQ – the essential tool for the English summer.

iBBQ is brought to you by EBLEX, the Organisation for English Beef + Lamb.

The app lets you ……..

  • find the nearest Quality Standard butchers and great outdoors barbecue locations
  • browse a range of delicious beef, lamb, salad and marinade recipes, plus hints and tips
  • check the latest weather by checking our forecast and watching the in-App weather change
  • ensure your barbecue is a total success by following our expert tip list
  • create and share a customized invite from the App, and get ready to show off your BBQ skills

Please note that the location features ‘find butchers’ and ‘barbecue locations’ in England.

This app is a freebie and you get it from …. here.


Master the grill.

This is one meaty app. Whether you’re grilling a filet mignon or a rib-eye, iSteak makes sure every steak you put on your grill comes out perfectly. Keep track of the cooking times for up to eight individual steaks. Just select a cut, use the multi-touch ruler to determine how thick it is and decide how you want it cooked – from rare to well done.

A perfect steak everytime!!!

Whether it be New York strips, Filet Mignon, or any other type of cut, iSteak makes sure every steak you put on your BBQ is cooked to perfection. The advanced HACT algorithm calculates exact cooking times for all your guests’ steaks based on basic inputted parameters.

iSteak 3.0 features include:

  • up to eight individually customizable steaks can be added to your virtual grill,
  • choose from 15 different cuts of meat to cook
  • onscreen multi-touch ruler helps find exact thickness of steaks
  • ability to choose desired cooking level for each steak (rare, medium, etc.)

So invite all your friends over for a little party, and impress them with your new steak cooking skills.

This isn’t a freebie but looks a snip at £1.19, get it from ….. here

Ask the butcher

From my old mates at Vic’s Meat (Sydney). Ask The Butcher is the ultimate meat cooking application for professionals and aspiring home master chefs! Impress your friends at your next BBQ with the unique Cooking Timer and mouth-watering exclusive recipes from one of the world’s leading charcuterie chefs.

Ask The Butcher’s success has led to mentions and articles in such publications as The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, AppShopper, SmokinApps, FreshApps and more!

Look for Version 1.1 with features that include :

  • NEW ‘Recipe Timer’ for every recipe
  • U.S. names for all cuts
  • additional cooking methods for the timer
  • additional weights for the timer

This app is not a freebie and appears to be $1.99 get it from …. here

Let me know if you come across any others.