It's a drag to get home at the end of a long day and try to piece together dinner from whatever's in the pantry. Food website Cooking By Numbers helps you whip something up from the ingredients you have on hand.
To save you the hassle of running out to the store in mid-dinner prep for a missing ingredient, tell Cooking by Numbers what you already have in the fridge and cupboards. It scans its database, then churns out a recipe using stuff you already have in the kitchen. For random recipes that don't require a specific set of ingredients, click "I Feel Lucky" instead.
Most of the recipes are standard fare — roasts, stews and so on — along with a few more unique ideas like Apple, Orange and Cheese Salad. Our favourite was Bacon Surprise: it's nothing but a rasher of bacon — that's the surprise.
Cooking by Numbers is based in the UK so measurements are given in metric form, but there's a handy conversion chart if you need a primer on how many ounces are in a gram. The site also has a section that demonstrates how to master common cooking skills like separating an egg or dicing a pepper.
Cooking by Numbers won't help you plan your next 12-course dinner party, and most of the meals are hardly gourmet, but it's a great resource for pulling a quick meal together without an extra trip out to the market. What kinds of meals have you made on the fly with ordinary stuff from the pantry that turned out to be surprisingly fantastic? Share them in the comments.