Food Save is a new App that keeps track of the items in your fridge. Simply scan each item from your shopping as you put it away and using data from the Open Food Facts database we can show you a wide range of information about that product. The App uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to pick up the use by/best before date as you scan the item’s barcode to make it easier to enter (or you can add it manually if needed). It can then take those products and using your taste profile, offer you recipes based on which products you have in and which are running out of date first.
How much do we waste?
If you’re anything like me, who throws away a lot of products each week because they are out of date, then Fridge Save is for you. According to UK research by the Waste and recycling advisory body, 4.4m tonnes of household food waste was thrown away in 2015 that could have been eaten (The Guardian, 2017). Fridge Save is designed to help reduce this number and help people save money, as the same research showed that all this food was worth £13 billion. That’s a lot of both food and money wasted, the Fridge Save App can help.
Features of the App
- Enter products with ease
You can add products by scanning the barcode, typing in the barcode or product name on the ‘Add’ screen. The App will then pull the name, quantity (if it’s in a multipack), brand, category, Ingredients, allergies, intolerances, additives, vitamins, nutrition info and more from Open Food Facts, to give you an overview of each product. This data can also be useful for anyway trying to stick to a diet.
- Best before/Used by dates
We use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to pick up the used by/best before date as you scan the item (or you can add it manually if needed). This allows us to show you your fridge contents in order of their use by/best before dates, allowing you to see what products need to be used first.
- Tailored recipes
The ‘Your Recipes’ page is the place to go when you don’t know what to cook, the App will suggest recipes based on what you have in, what needs to be used first and the taste profile information you have given us, this allows the App to tailor the recipes to you and your family.
This page allows you to change your account details, set your taste profiles (to inform the App of what kind of food you like to eat). You can also decide if you which to share the Apps data with family members and which devices you wish to share it with. This is also the place to log out of the App if you need to.
- Enter products with ease
Check out the short video below for an overview of how the App might look like and how the features may work in a real-life iOS and Android application.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je2XwOn0hEo
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