By popular request, we’ve added a handy “Recently Viewed” option in your “My Recipes” area and in Search on the BigOven apps to list all the recipes you’ve recently viewed.
On the web, just click on “My Recipes” in the upper toolbar, and then “Recently Viewed” on the left hand view control. In the Android or iOS app, just tap the magnifying glass, and you’ll see an option for “Recently Viewed”. Your BigOven account keeps track of recipes you’ve viewed on any device.
This feature requires a BigOven membership; it will not display recipes you view when you’re not signed in.
Still using a paper list at the grocery store? You’re missing out. Go right from recipes to automatically-sorted time-saving lists. Text your list to someone else, or even share your list within your household. Watch this brief demo to see some of the things you can do with BigOven’s easy-to-use grocery list:
Drumroll please! For you menu planners out there, it’s finally here! With this update, you can now enjoy the following features:
Change dates, servings, and meals in Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Menu Plan.” Add a recipe or note, choose a date, select a meal option, change servings if need be, and press ADD. If you change your mind, do a long press on the recipe or note and a screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the save icon when you’re done.
Remove recipes and notes from Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes you’d like to remove. Once selected, tap the trash icon to delete. Another option is to do a long press on the recipe or note. A screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the trash icon to delete.
Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Grocery List.” Select the recipes and notes, then press ADD TO GROCERY LIST located in the upper right corner. Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes. Once selected, tap the grocery icon and your items will be added to the grocery list.
Share your plan with friends and family
In the Menu Planner, tap the share icon and select recipes or notes you’d like to share with friends and family. Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and make your selection. Once selected, tap the share icon to send to friends and family.
Marked Grocery List items get out of your way
And for you shoppers out there, we haven’t forgotten about you! Marked items now automatically move to the bottom of your list, making shopping faster and easier.
You can find the update by searching “BigOven” in the GooglePlay Store, or this link.
Eating out can quickly rack up costs and calories. Why not plan your meals to help save time and money? Plus, get the added benefit of spending time with your loved ones over a delicious, more nutritious, homemade meal. Meals enjoyed at home create memories, stories and conversations. The new BigOven menu planner makes it easy to plan meals ahead of time.
Get started with over 350,000 recipes on BigOven or get inspiration from our Get Ideas section. Choose a recipe that strikes your fancy, go to recipe detail, and add it to the menu planner by tapping the red (+) button and choosing Menu Planner. Pick the date and meal option of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the menu planner, you can access all of your recipes — Favorites, Try, Added, as well as Custom Folders if you’re a Pro subscriber. To add a recipe to the menu plan, tap the red (+) button to type in one of your recipes, then pick a date and meal option. Opting for takeout or have a certain wine to pair with dinner? Add notes as a reminder or to help you plan what you’re making.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can plan meals a week at a time or a month out. It’s up to you.
We will be adding a handful of features and improvements to the menu planner in the coming months: the ability to edit recipes, transfer items from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think about the redesign. Leave a comment below or send us feedback. Thanks and happy cooking!
We’re proud to be introducing a brand new version of our Android app next week! Want to get a sneak peek now? Join our Early Access Program.
The BigOven app for Android is a ground-up rewrite that we started in our studio over a year ago. We’ve taken the things you love about BigOven — recipe lookup, shopping and sharing — looked closely at each area, and made them better. We’ve streamlined them and added some important new capabilities. We’ve added new ways to see the activity of the cooks you like, follow new ones, and see the activity on recipes most relevant to you. Our goal is to make it even easier for you to get a delicious homemade meal on the dinner table.
We aim to be the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. We want to help the home cook as they cycle through discovery, planning, shopping, preparation and sharing meals every day of the week. We constantly look at each of those activities to see how we can make it easier.
We need your feedback below
We’ve put a lot of work into this app, but we know we couldn’t possibly get it all perfect in one go. So please, help us help you. Our development team is reading the comments section below, so let us know if we’ve missed something important to you and we’ll be sure to consider it for a future update. We plan updates for the indefinite future, so let us know what would make your tasks as a home cook, menu planner and grocery shopper easier!
Get inspiration from friends, family and food bloggers
Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
Shop faster at the grocery store, including off-line and household account sharing
Get around the app faster with clearer navigation
See activity on your recipes with an all-new Activity view
All-new technical foundation: fully rewritten in Swift, with a new back-end to power it
Get inspired by your friends, family and favorite food bloggers
Now, when you join or link by Facebook, you’ll see all your friends that use BigOven, and can follow them. When you follow a cook, you’ll see recipes they love (rate 4 or 5 stars) right in your home screen feed. You’ll also see recipes added by your favorite bloggers, who you can also follow right from the app.
BigOven makes recommendations for you the more you use it
BigOven will bubble up recommendations based on how you’re using it. Our goal is to help you get unstuck, and eliminate that “what am I going to make tonight?” problem we all encounter.
Getting around BigOven is easier
BigOven’s navigation has been streamlined to get you quickly and easily from one feature to another. Whether it’s getting recipe ideas on your home screen, accessing your own recipes, creating a grocery list, making a meal plan or checking on messages, it’s all within easy reach with our updated navigation bar.
Activity keeps you up-to-date
View your messages in one place. Find Facebook friends who are also on BigOven. Get a message if someone comments on a recipe you’ve posted, if an action has been done on a recipe you’ve commented on, or if someone has @mentioned you. Personalize your profile page by adding a photo, see your recipe count, along with how many cooks you follow and how many cooks are following you.
Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
Looking for a recipe? Just type in the title, ingredients or any keyword. You can get back to all the recipes you’ve viewed recently by tapping on the magnifying glass and then “All Recipes”. More recipes are displayed on each screen, and related recipes are shown to you right on the recipe detail screen.
Searching is faster
Some searches of your recipe collection are done locally on your phone, making them very fast. Plus, with an all-new search back-end, you’ll find many common searches are faster than in the old app, particularly seasonal collections.
Autocomplete saves you typing
BigOven now autocompletes your recipe searches with some of the more common recipe titles. (If you don’t see it suggested for you, be sure to search anyway; these are just the most common recipe titles.)
BigOven remembers your most recently viewed recipes
Enter your search, and you can choose to target all the recipes or just your own recipes. BigOven shows you the most recent recipes you’ve viewed. And a handy autocomplete will suggest searches for you based on what you’re typing.
Tap the magnifying glass and choose how you’d like to search within the app. Are you on a quest to discover new inspiration from BigOven’s 350,000 recipes? Or would you prefer to locate a specific recipe in your recipe box? Or would you like to find a particular cook, blog or website on BigOven? We have many options for you to choose.
Faster, Shared Grocery List
We recently debuted a shared grocery list and with our redesigned app, it works even better. Now your household can have a common grocery list and you can avoid unnecessary return trips to the store.
We’ve added enhancements to make our grocery list easier to use as you add items, sort by department or by recipe, and mark off or delete as you grocery shop:
Tap on an item to strike it (tap again to unstrike it)
Edit an item by doing a long press on the ingredient name
It’s faster — far fewer “synchronizing with server” moments
It’s local — you don’t have to be connected to the server to use it
Multiple BigOven accounts can share the same grocery list
We will regularly update the app to add features and improvements. We are in fact in the midst of adding more features to menu planner. Future updates will include: the ability to edit recipes, add recipes from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
BigOven continues to help home cooks get inspired and organized, in the kitchen and on the go. Give our redesigned app a try! Sign up for Early Access if you want to get the latest version before anyone else.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think! Happy Cooking!
BigOven is getting an all-new design, so cooking is even simpler. We’ve been busy polishing our apps to make them better, faster and easier. All year long, we’ve been listening to your feedback and we’ll be unveiling a NEW BigOven app in the coming months.
Want to be the first to give it a try? We’ll have a beta build available soon, so come join the BigOven Early Access Program to get a sneak peek. You’ll be able to check out the new, exciting features and let us know what you think! See instructions to join below for iOS and Android.
BigOven is looking for cooks who’d like to be on the leading edge of new app releases via the BigOven Early Access program.
We’re building a small list of users who get early access to our releases. We want to hear how they work for you and what could make them even better. If you’re on this list, when we have new releases ready to go, you’ll get early access (free of course) and can provide us immediate feedback before we make a broader release to millions of cooks. With an inside-track to development, you’ll have a chance to voice your opinions directly into the new product development process.
If you use the BigOven apps regularly and want to participate, please request early access:
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We’re interested in iOS and Android users.
Who is ‘early access’ best suited to?
If you use one or more of the BigOven apps regularly and rely upon them for your kitchen organizing, and have a little time to spare to help us improve via quick feedback
If you use BigOven but regularly wish to give feedback on how they could work better for you
If you are comfortable with how BigOven mobile apps work