I need a pantry app to help me inventory my food!
March 6, 2012 4:12 AM Subscribe
I need a pantry/food-inventorying app, and I'm willing to pay for one. We have lots of food stored up, but we don't have a pantry per se. By necessity, the food is dispersed in the basement, kitchen cabinets, closets, etc. Most of it is stuff we would use up pretty quickly if it were convenient -- instead, we can't find it when we need it, or don't know we have it, and end up buying more. There must be an app for this, right?
posted by ROTFL to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally, this would be an iPhone app. I don't have an iPad, but would consider buying one for a killer app. I would even consider a laptop app if it's great, though I suppose it wouldn't be able to scan bar codes. I also have a lone Windows laptop, so I'm willing to consider a Windows app if that's the only way to go.
The ideal app will have:
1. A simple interface, ideally one that works with bar codes so I can scan items when possible.
2. Flexibility -- I would like to have the option to add sizes, brand names, expiration dates, and other detail as necessary.
3. The ability to note storage location.
4. The ability to generate printed lists.
I know I could just use a spreadsheet program, but I'm not a spreadsheet whiz and I find them very unwieldy. I actually tried it, and couldn't bear the slog.
Maybe there's some cheap small-business inventory software out there that can help me? What do restaurants and food pantries use?
(FWIW, I did look in the Apple store for iPhone apps, but the ones I found seemed either too cutesy, or too inflexible, or they were essentially underpowered shopping-list apps. I didn't buy any, because the sample screens and bad reviews made them seem like they wouldn't be of much help. However, I'll gladly investigate anything you guys recommend based on personal experience.)