Developer: Publications International
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

The Slow Cooker is fast becoming a highly sought after kitchen gadget. With everyone leading increasingly busy lives, and in need of using their time productively, it’s so convenient being able to put some ingredients in a pot at the start of the day, knowing there will be a tasty meal ready by that evening. Crock-Pot Recipes might be a little, understandably, heavy on the advertizing but with plenty of different recipes to discover, it’s a useful resource.

That advertizing, by the way, will probably mostly grate because of the $3.99 price tag. There aren’t any banners or anything like that, but there is some fairly blatant usage of the Crock-Pot brand. Fortunately, it’s worth reading through as the app offers plenty of easy to follow recipes, even if the interface isn’t always the most attractive.

Over 250 recipes are included, covering a multitude of purposes, such as soups, chillis, curries, and even sandwiches. In each case, theme, difficulty rating and time taken figures are all offered for easy browsing. Photos are also included to tantalize the visual tastebuds, before opening up to an ingredients list and step by step instructions. This is where things turn a little too simple and basic looking, but they tell users all that they need to know about cooking the meal.

Increasingly common cookery features such as a timer, shopping list option, conversions and substitution sections are all covered here, as well as hands-free voice command functionality. It all works just how one would expect, easily covering everything users expect of a modern cookery app.

Crock-Pot Recipes does offer much more content than that, through in-app purchases, but this is where things could get pretty expensive. I found the ‘basic’ 250 recipes plentiful enough and didn’t feel any great need or urge to spend more. It’s convenient to have so many slow cooker focused recipes in one place.

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