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“Supercook is a recipe search engine that lets you search by ingredients you have at home. Find thousands of recipes you can make right now with the ingredients you have available at home. Supercook can help you save hundreds on grocery bills by showing you how to fully use the ingredients you have at home.”

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Do you often get home from a day at work, look at what little ingredients you have in the fridge or pantry, scan your tired brain to work out what to cook, but eventually just give up and just buy takeaway? Or are you a student who is sick of eating Mi Goreng but too poor to cook extravagant meals?

If you answered yes to either of the above, then Supercook may just be your new best friend.

With the Supercook website just enter what ingredients you have and the site will suggest what meals you can make and how to make them. With a database that boasts over 300,000 recipes, it’s like your own personal Masterchef contestant, faced with a challenging and sometimes eclectic list of items, it will come up with yummy and sometimes surprising recipes.

Plus as Supercook claims, the website may even help you save money on your grocery bill or clean out your cupboard. Say for example you have spices or some sort of strange ingredient you bought once but haven’t ever used since. ¬†Simply type in the ingredient and a couple of other items you have, and the website can tailor a meal to you or suggest a dish which may require a couple of extra items to be bought. The website even allows you to place ‘restrictions’ on the recipes it suggests, depending on your own dietary requirements or allergies.

The website is also available as an app, so if you are food shopping and stuck for what to buy or make, simply use the app to type in a list of ingredients that are on sale and see what cheap dish you can make at home.

This dLooker, whose cupboards are very often half empty, decided to put Supercook to the test for this review.

Firstly, I had to see what I had in my fridge and cupboard at home. I came up with this basic list that excluded spices: avocado, sweet potato, quinoa, onion, oranges, chicken, rice, coconut milk and one can of 4 bean mix.

Next step was to enter all these ingredients into the Supercook data base using the box on the left hand side of the website, located under ‘My Kitchen’.

In total the website came up with 138 possible recipes which ranged from things like Kenyan Coconut Rice, to orange chicken, to sushi, and even Thai green curry chicken. With most of these recipes a couple of extra items were required, however these were usually small things like spices such as curry or lemon juice.

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There are a few glitches with the website that may need resolving. For example one of the suggested recipes was Thai green curry with mussels of which the only required extra was vegetable oil, even though my list contained neither mussels or curry paste. There was also no option for my ‘Four bean mix’ even though this is a very common tinned ingredient at supermarkets.

Overall this website is a great tool for everyone, whether you’re a student cooking for yourself, a parent cooking for the whole family, or even a pensioner on a budget.

So next time you’re stuck looking a bunch of ingredients with no idea about what to make, give Supercook a go!

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