How to use the Pantry
- The green spots mark the location where to tap.
- This tutorial shows screenshots of the iPhone version of the app. The
iPad version works the same way.
Tap the pantry tab.
To effectively use the pantry, you'll need to set it up by specifying
the items you currently have in stock. You can do this by tapping each item
you have and setting the Quantity in Stock field. For example, if you have
1 stick of unsalted butter on hand, tap unsalted butter and set the
quantity in stock to 1 stick.
In addition, you'll need to specify the quantity you usually buy. This is
necessary so the app will know how much to add to your pantry after you shop
for unsalted butter. In this example, we are setting it to 4 sticks.
If you go back to the pantry screen by tapping the back arrow, you'll find
that the quantity in stock is listed to the right of the item.
You probably want set up only the pantry items that you regularly buy. But
if you want to set up each item you can find in your pantry (there could be a lot!),
you probably want to do this gradually, over time, and not in one sitting.
As you cook meals and use up ingredients, you'll need to adjust the pantry.
And there's an easy way to do that. For example, if you just cooked My Favorite Pancakes,
tap the meal to view it.
What you'd like to do is subtract from the pantry the ingredients you used
in this recipe. Tap the list icon and select "Update Pantry".
The app will automatically adjust the quantity in stock of items that it
is able to adjust for you. For example, because the recipe used up 2 large eggs,
the large eggs got adjusted from 12 to 10. Also, the unsalted
butter was set to not in stock because the recipe used up 1 stick. The quantities
that got adjusted are shown in red.
There will be items that the app won't be able to adjust automatically.
For example, we have 1/2 gallon of whole milk and recipe used 1 cup.
The app is not able to make the adjustment because the units of measurement
are different, so you will need to adjust the remaining quantity accordingly.
In this example, we are setting it to 1/4 gallon by
tapping the minus button. Then, tap Save Changes.
If you check the pantry, you'll see that the items got adjusted. For example,
unsalted butter is no longer in stock.
Should you want to add unsalted butter to your shopping list, check it and
tap the shopping cart icon. This will add unsalted butter to your shopping list.
After you buy unsalted butter, you will want to move it back to the
pantry. So check it in your shopping list, tap the trash icon and select
Move Items to Pantry.
You will see that unsalted butter got deleted from the shopping list.
Go to the pantry, tap the In Stock tab, and you'll see that you have 4 sticks
of unsalted butter in stock.