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Love to cook, but hate shopping for groceries?

Imagine yourself out at the coffee shop with some friends, and you remember that you have nothing in the refrigerator for dinner, and no idea what you want to make.

You pull out GroceryZen, and browse through some pictures of your favorite meals to inspire your shopping. The "Lasagna" recipe sounds good. One tap later, all of its ingredients are on your list. With one more tap your regular weekly staples of "Milk", "Cheese", "Cereal", and 12 more items are on the list.

You drive to the store, and breeze through every aisle just once, with no backtracking, because the list has reordered itself. Or better yet, email it to your husband, so he can do the shopping.

How is GroceryZen better?

- Starts with hundreds of common items, and add your own to the list. You don't need to wade through thousands of items you'll never buy to add to your list.

- Add shopping lists for your favorite recipes. Add all the ingredients for Lasagna in a single tap. You won't forget the parmesan cheese like you did last week.

- Photos of recipes to inspire you to make something yummy.

- Share the list or your recipe shopping lists, to send your significant other to the store.

- The list orders itself by aisle when you go to the store. No backtracking.

- Add, change, and customize the order of the aisles to match the way you shop.

- Type a few letters to search for items if you can't remember whether you added "green onions" or "scallions".

- Add notes and links to recipes, so you can remember where you found them.

What’s New

Version 4.0

Updated to work with newest versions of iOS.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Fred was here ,

This one is first class

After tiring of the lack of index/search in my original shopping assistant I researched all the ones I could find in the store and trialled four of them. This has proven the best. It is fast to use, whether adding to the shopping list, buying items or adding new items. A purchased item falls to the bottom of the list, clarifying what it is you have still to buy, and management of quantities is very easy, allowing weights or volumes as well as counts.

I like the fact there were not too many items in its pre-loaded list. It made it quicker to get rid of the ones I don't buy or where we use different terms in this country. Changing the "aisles" and adapting them to different purposes was also straightforward. When you have finished buying, the simple Check Out button removes your purchased list from display.

I was not looking for the "Recipes" function but it might prove handy and, most importantly, it does not intrude at all on the main functions. I am pleased that it is not burdened with pricing, budgets, calculators and other time-wasting flummery, but that just expresses what I want and may not be right for you.

For speed, flexibility and effectiveness, this one is first class, and highly recommended.

bd09 ,

Pretty Good

It is very functional, But i have lost 2 sets of recipes when i had to update, the program is lacking a backup feature. This is a shame, since i got the product for the shop by recipe feature. This works really well. Overall the program is very good, i like the initial food lists, and adding items is easy. Another feature you should consider is allowing quantities in the recipes them selves, not just be a bulk item. I wanted to use the recipe feature to keep recipes so i don't have to find the amounts, it is very tedious to write in the amounts in the instruction section. Other then the backup and refining the recipe input it is a great product, i use it daily now - every time i shop!

Devonshire16 ,

Still has a way to go...

... but recent updates have improved this application a lot. I use Grocery Zen to shop so I was relieved when most of the maddening bugs were fixed.
I'm waiting for the feature that allows me to sync, share and enter new items and recipes from my computer. Currently adding recipes manually is laborious.
Whilst the new email feature is good I'd also like to be able to sms my shopping list (I know I know - doesn't EVERYONE have an iPhone or Blackberry?).


Greg Bernhardt
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Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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