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Ratatouille: A Food, A Movie, and Now a Food-Sharing App

Oh, leftovers. Whatever does one do with you? Some things can be packaged and frozen for later meals, but some things have an adverse reaction to freezing. So what do you do if you’re someone like me, who is simply incapable of cooking small quantities of certain foods? I tend to feed my friends and family, or sometimes I bring something to work to share depending on what I’ve made, but I still end up throwing out far more food than I would like given how expensive everything is. Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a way to share food with strangers as well as friends?

Turns out there is. Ratatouille (which is a tasty food as well as being a Pixar movie) is a new app that allows you to offer your excess food to friends and strangers. It can either be cooked food, or something you just aren’t going to be able to eat before it goes bad. Whatever reason you may have extra food in your house, simply upload an inventory to Ratatouille to let folks know what you have available, and they can let you know what they want. Of course, this also works the other way, and you can browse through other people’s kitchens to see if they have something you need before you head to the store.

Ratatouille is a free download from the App Store, and requires iOS 7.0 or later. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5. It’s not available for Android, and there is no word on whether or not they’re working on making it so. It’s a location-based search that lets you peek into the refrigerators and pantries of friends and strangers alike, and hopefully will put us all on the road to wasting less food. The idea is that you give your food away, or swap for something else, but I’m sure there will be those people who want to sell it instead. Which seems fair; food is expensive, and although throwing it away is wasting your money it seems reasonable to want to recoup at least a little of your cost if you can.

If this seems familiar, it’s because this isn’t a new idea. A while ago, we took a look at LeftoverSwap, which is the same basic idea. The iOS version of that is currently available as well (also free), and they’re working on the Android version.

Source: Oh Gizmo

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