What can I make?
May 2, 2007 2:24 PM   Subscribe

Is there a website that lets you input the contents of your cupboard and fridge, then shows you recipies you can make with what you have?

Because if there isn't, someone feel free to make it for me.
posted by 6am to Food & Drink (21 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Not exactly what you're asking for but close: Allrecipes.com ingredient search. Only allows you to enter four ingredients, not the entire contents of your kitchen.
posted by blue mustard at 2:33 PM on May 2, 2007

What do you have? Give us a list!
posted by orangemiles at 2:38 PM on May 2, 2007

Response by poster: hokai.

potatoes, onions, cheese, milk, rice, butter, celery salt, soy sauce, curry powder, ramen, coke.
posted by 6am at 2:41 PM on May 2, 2007

Doesn't snacksby.com do this pretty much?
posted by tristeza at 2:41 PM on May 2, 2007

Best answer:
Here's some that I found and have used:
Meal Time
Ingredient Search
Cooking by Numbers (my favourite)

Also.. if you don't have a certain ingredient, use the Cooking Thesaurus to find a substitute.
posted by czechmate at 2:49 PM on May 2, 2007 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: that allrecipies site is pretty much it! my soon to be cheesey potato filled stomach thanks you. if anyone has any other ideas, go for it - I plan to eat tomorrow as well.
posted by 6am at 2:50 PM on May 2, 2007

Asked previously.
posted by amf at 2:50 PM on May 2, 2007

make sauce with onions, cheese, milk, butter, celery salt, soy sauce and curry powder, serve on potatoes, ramen noodles or rice, coke on the side = meal.
posted by kch at 2:53 PM on May 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: grow fat, turn to oil, profit, afford to eat out.
posted by 6am at 3:06 PM on May 2, 2007

The Intelliscanner Mini, which you can find at thinkgeek can do roughly the reverse of what you described. You scan any items you have in your pantry and then upload them to your computer. It helps you inventory what you've got on hand. Then, you can choose a recipe, and it tells you if you have everything you need or not, and what else you need to buy to make it.
posted by gauchodaspampas at 3:13 PM on May 2, 2007

At cookingbynumbers.com I got this result based on the contents of my cupboards & fridge:

So you only have coffee? Well make a cup, ponder on life and why you have no food in the house.
You are missing an essential ingredient : Coffee.
posted by found missing at 3:48 PM on May 2, 2007 [1 favorite]

Wow. That Google Base is awesome. There's your answer(s)!
posted by iamkimiam at 4:59 PM on May 2, 2007

webtender does this for drinks
posted by magikker at 5:07 PM on May 2, 2007

I like epicurious. I think it comes close to "open source" cooking because people comment on the recipes and offer their own modifications. You can also save recipes that you like.
posted by bluefly at 5:21 PM on May 2, 2007

cookingbynumbers is perfect for your needs,
give the ingredients you have and gives you recipes instead of the other way around.

also shows recipes where if you had one more ingredient, what other dishes you could make
posted by radsqd at 6:17 PM on May 2, 2007

Potatoes + (milk + butter melted together) = mashed potatoes

(Rice + onions + butter + curry powder sauteed together) + water = curried rice pilaf
posted by exceptinsects at 7:40 PM on May 2, 2007

Hey! thanks l3luer, that base.google.com is awesome (and now in my bookmarks).
posted by tellurian at 10:43 PM on May 2, 2007

Mince a bit of onion and sauté it in butter. Add (to pot w/onions) peeled & chopped potaotes and water to cover; simmer until potatoes are cooked. Purée or just smush. Add milk and cheese. Should be a pretty decent soup.

You could also slice the onion and fry it in the butter until it's good and brown and crispy; makes a good topping on rice, ramen, whatever.

Also: Pommes Anna
posted by kmennie at 11:53 PM on May 2, 2007

Cooking with Google:

posted by kc0dxh at 6:38 AM on May 3, 2007

Best answer: Snacksby! Via Projects.
posted by benign at 7:11 AM on May 3, 2007

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