Prep & Pantry is an iPhone app that lets you keep track of all your preps and everything in your pantry. It really is a great little app, and worth the money, but there is a free “lite” version if you want to try before you buy.
This app has a lot of good features. It scans barcodes if your iPhone is new enough (mine isn’t) and downloads the information. However, because it automatically searches for information when you scan an item, if you are somewhere with no cell coverage, such as a basement, it doesn’t help.
Using the App
When you start up the app, you get a Prep & Pantry title screen and it automatically continues to a prompt to enter a barcode. If you don’t want to enter a new item, such as a can of food, you can select a magnifying glass in the upper right corner to go to “Find Inventory Item” which has a search bar. If you select “List” from the bottom of the screen, you can list items alphabetically, by expiration, or by location. “List” will also warn you if you have expired items. While you are on the “Scan” page, you can swipe your finger to the left and the background will change from green (add item) to red (remove items) and you can remove items; there are also buttons to change between the two screens.
If you go to “Find Inventory Item” from the remove items screen, it will remove items instead of adding them. For example, if I go to the item Mandarin Oranges from “Remove items”, I can remove items by clicking a button but if I go there from add items, I can only add items. Every time you add to the quantity you have of an item, you need to enter the location, quantity, and expiration date. It took me a few minutes because the app allows you to put things in more than one place.
The barcode is the entire code, including the smaller numbers on either side, just outside the actual bars. If you have cell coverage, it then scans for the information and downloads whatever it finds – IF you have that feature enabled. I disabled it while I was working with it in the basement to save on battery life, and then was annoyed when my Dole Mandarin Oranges wouldn’t come up when I entered them in an area with cell coverage. Oopsie! My bad. It worked just fine once I enabled it again by going into “Settings” with the button at the bottom of the screen. The only information it pulled in was the name, Mandarin Oranges, but it was still a help. If you don’t have coverage or it can’t find the item, it then prompts you to enter information, starting with the name.
“Qm” is essentially the quantity you want to have, your goal amount. There is also a grocery shopping list option. You can note items you have coupons for, email the shopping list to yourself, and even add a thumbnail. If you go into settings, there are even more choices, including a database backup.
Prep & Pantry sells for $4.99 and can be downloaded from your phone, of course, as well as the website, Prep & Pantry.
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