If there's one area where the development of iPhone apps is doing well, it's definitely in the field of cooking. There are a ton on the market now and over 20 that we're smitten with. Even though we hate to see cookbooks pushed aside, we can't help but love apps that help us figure out how to do things like truss a chicken or use leftover ingredients with the push of a button.

Finding a dish to make that uses what you have on hand is always a challenge for the novice cook -- but not any more (the iPhone saves us once again). And just think of all the money you can save if you're no longer wasting it on groceries that never get eaten. Another perk, it's much more sustainable to use what you have than make a trip to the grocery store.

Check out the five great apps that help you cook from your fridge -- the best part is, they're all free.

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  • Whole Foods Market Recipes

    Whole Foods is not only a grocery store where you can find high-end food items, but they also have an intuitive cooking app practical for everyday cooks. The app allows you to enter up to three ingredients that you have on hand and it finds recipes that use them. The app also provides you with nutritional information for each recipe.

  • Open Source Food by Tastebud

    According to the Tastebud 's description, the point of this app is to find you delicious recipes based on what you already have on hand. They say it's a three step process: 1. Open your fridge 2. Add ingredients to the virtual basket 3. Watch as the app matches your ingredients with their database of recipes.

  • Epicurious Recipes

    Epicurious Recipes is a cooking app which has won numerous digital awards. The app is linked to the recipe database of Epicurious.com. They have over 30,000 recipes by professional chefs which have been featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Self. <strong>Price: Free</strong>

  • BigOven

    With a database of over 250,000 recipes, you'll be sure to have your choice of recipes based on what's leftover in your fridge. If you use this app wisely, you may never have to throw out food again. <strong>Price: Free</strong>

  • Gojee

    Gojee uses recipes from over 200 hand-picked food bloggers and allows you to search their database based on what you're in the mood for -- or what you have on hand. <strong>Price: Free</strong>

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