When comparing Pepperplate vs Allrecipes' Dinner Spinner, the Slant community recommends Pepperplate for most people. In the question“What are the best recipe manager apps for iOS?” Pepperplate is ranked 3rd while Allrecipes' Dinner Spinner is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Pepperplate is:
Recipes can be organized into menus and categories. Menus allow grouping recipes and operating with them together. For example, a whole menu can be added to a shopping list or added to the planner without having to add each recipe separately. Categories are essentially tags. They can be added to recipes and used to search through them in recipe list.
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Pro Reasonable organizactional methods
Recipes can be organized into menus and categories.
Menus allow grouping recipes and operating with them together. For example, a whole menu can be added to a shopping list or added to the planner without having to add each recipe separately.
Categories are essentially tags. They can be added to recipes and used to search through them in recipe list.
Pro Has an online interface
Allows sharing recipes with others through a link on the website.
Pro Grocery list
Recipes and menus can quickly be added to the grocery list from their appropriate views. Items in the grocery list can be sorted by aisle or recipe.
Pro Good web clipper
While the experience using the clipper on a mobile device might need some work, the clipper itself is reasonably advanced. It directly supports over 30 recipe sites. It imports images, prep time, ingredients and instructions from those sites.
Pro Can be used for meal planning
Recipes and menus can quickly be added to the planner from their appropriate views. Unfortunately, there's no way to add them from the planner itself.
Pro Some recipes have video instructions
A few recipes have an accompanying video that explains how to prepare and cook the meal. Tapping on directions below the video skips it to the part that explains the step.
Pro Nutritional information for each recipe is available
The app can display how many calories each serving has what percentage of daily recommended intake each nutrient has.
Pro Advanced recipe search
The recipe database search allows specifying if certain ingredients should be present or not, if there are any dietary needs and how long should cooking the meal take.
Pro Access to huge recipe database
With Allrecipes Pro, users can access all 44,000 recipes in the database. Without paying for the pro version, users are only allowed to access a few thousand.
Pro Helpful information and tools for cooking
Each recipe has prep and cook time listed, so it's possible to take into account how long the process will take. All ingredients can be divided into required servings.
Pro Simple shopping list
Items to the shopping list can be added from the recipe view by clicking on the ingredients or manually from the shopping list itself. Items are organized in categories such as produce or beverages and there's a reminder at the bottom for what meals are the ingredients for. Bought items can be ticked off by tapping on them or deleted from the list with a long-tap.
Pro Users can review recipes
It's possible to rate and review recipes.
Con Changing to a paid service model
As of the new year (2020), Pepperplate will change to a "paid service model". The "subscription" is now $2.99/month or $32.99/year.
Con Not supported
No support or bug fixes..
Con Doesn't de-duplicate recipes
You can add the same recipe multiple times from the same url but the site won't merge them automatically.
Con Poor mobile web clipping experience
To save a recipe from the web into Pepperplate requires copying the URL, navigating to Pepperplate.com (that has no mobile version), either logging in or clicking view recipes, then navigating to import recipes and pasting the URL in the form field. There's no way to "share" a URL to Pepperplate.
Con Recipes load slowly
Because each recipe contains so much information, it takes about 5 seconds for each one to load. In the meantime, an ad is displayed.
Con Recipes can't be imported from other sites
There is no webclipper or import functionality so it's impossible to save recipes from anywhere else but AllRecipes.