Online Recipe Storage & Organization
By: Lori Thayer
I can spend hours looking at recipes online. The recipes all look so good and I want to try almost every one. The question is…how do I find that one amazing recipe when I'm ready to make it? Online Recipe Storage doesn't have to be spread out among the "recipe boxes" of your five favorite recipes sites.
Most recipe sites now have a way for you to "favorite" a recipe or save it into your own recipe collection. These systems can be really handy but what happens when you find a few favorites on another site, and then another. Now all of the sudden you have to look in five different "recipe boxes" for that recipe and it just isn't worth the hassle.
Storing organizing recipes is easy with Evernote, and it's free. Evernote is a system where you can capture text, photo, web, audio and video notes. You are then able to assigne the notes into notebooks and give them tags. This means you can organize your online recipes any way you choose.
Finding a note later is really easy as well. Simply type in the word or phrase you want to search. Evernote will scour your saved notes for those phrases, even the photos!
Your recipe storage can be accesses from any browser or mobile device. You can also sync notes onto your computer(s) and view them offline.
Let's talk about how to use evernote for online recipe storage & organization in more detail.
How to save your recipes into Evernote:
- Add the web clipper to your browser and click it for any recipe you want to save. You can adjust the title, notebook and tags right as you save it.
- Save into Evernote through your browser by printing. When Evernote is installed on your computer and your browser (web clipper) you can save to Evernote when you print. Simply click File->Print and then look for the option to save PDF to Evernote. On a Mac this is a drop down option on the lower left.
- Take a screenshot of the recipe and then add that picture into Evernote (drag and drop).
- Scan the recipe, save it to your desktop and then drag it into a note in Evernote.
Organize your recipes into categories (notebooks) the same way you have them in your Recipe Box (if that was working for you).
I keep my notebooks in Evernote very fluid. I have notebooks for course, i.e. appetizer and salad and meat. Depending on how many recipes I have added to a notebook I may break them out further. For example instead of just Dessert I also have notebooks for cookies and pies.
One of the ways Evernote will make organizing your online recipes much easier is by the use of tags. Tags are another level of organization for your notes. Tag your notes with course type, main ingredients, season or whatever else you like. You can also create a rating systems for your recipes and add comments, reviews into the note after you made the recipe. I use asterisks to give the recipes a star rating, e.g. **** for four stars
How do you save recipes? Share your tips in the comments below or on Facebook.
Lori Thayer is passionate about finding ways to simplify and enrich life. She also shares tips on connecting more meaningfully with others. She is excited to share these tips with you. Start now with the 5 Keys To Health & Happiness.