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Posted: 10/6/2012 7:04:37 PM
I want to start putting recipes on line so I have let little papers all over the place. I would like it to be something nice, almost like an on line cookbook.

Can anyone suggest some software, or on line sources?


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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:34:40 PM
On a post a while back, a lot of Peas like Paprika. I'd like to start using it, but since recipe entry is limited to Apple products, I won't be using it. I hate typing on my iPad - it makes the joints in my fingers HURT (George Jetson finger) because there is no give on the screen, and the external keyboards are not full size, so I make more mistakes than I type correct letters. (I type REALLY fast)

If Paprika would offer a web-based interface or a PC product, I may be inclined to try it out. In the meantime, we're moving everything from MasterCook to AllRecipes, even though the interface is not as good as MasterCook's is on my PC.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:21:41 PM
I like Paprika BECAUSE I don't have to type all the recipes in, I can have Paprika do it automatically for most, and semi-automatically for others.

Paprika is an app for iPhone, iPad etc - you can store your recipes there, schedule the ones you want for specific days, then have it create your shopping list for the required ingredients.

You can type in recipes of course.
But you can also use the browser built into it to find a recipe on a website, tap one button and it will create the recipe, compete with photo, into Paprika. There are heaps of websites that will work automatically, such as Allrecipes.com, bhg.com, Epicurious.com, foodnetwork.com etc etc.

If the website with your recipe is not one that works automatically you can create it easily by copying the list of ingredients, then tap the Ingredients button, copy the directions and tap the Directions button etc.

I love Paprika - use it to store my favourite recipes, plan all our meals, and create my shopping lists. It's one of my very favourite and most-used apps.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 10:42:47 PM
I started a blog on WordPress just for my recipes. It's searchable, my kids and il's have subscribed (so they get an email every time I add a new recipe), and I can chat it up if I want adding family stories, etc. I can also upload pictures easily.

I can access it no matter where I am because I can see it from my smartphone. That's handy when I'm visiting the grandchildren and we decide to cook.

I can link to recipes on line - for example, we love Martha Stewart's meatloaf 101 recipe - I can just link to it (though I often cut and paste the ingredients into my own blog post in case the link ever breaks. If Martha decides to take her recipe down, I'm good.

You can make it private but I really don't care if others see it so I just left mine public. I think it's nice to have a choice.

Finally - it's free.



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Posted: 10/7/2012 6:14:50 AM
Thank you all for the suggestions

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:50:23 AM
I keep most of my recipes in Evernote both online and on my computer. You do have to have Internet to access them, unless you pay an annual fee to Evernote. While the apps are on your device, the content that you put in is stored on their server. if you pay the annual fee, it will be stored within your app and you have access anytime. There are also apps for iPhone and iPad...all free. Anything that you enter into EN syncs to all of your versions of it.

I also pin a lot of them onto Pinterst.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:55:37 AM
I use Evernote for the recipes not in my notebooks... or at least the ones that I track down before I modify them and write them down. It's super handy because I can access them on both my mac and my phone, meaning I can check them out when I'm at the farm and trying to figure out what I need.

I tried fancy recipe specific stuff for storing my recipes but find they just don't have what I need. A notebook style app is much more versatile because I can input whatever I want rather than being constrained to the app's version of what a recipe should contain.


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Posted: 10/7/2012 7:57:10 AM
Another Evernote lover here. I also have sections for bead patters from mags and books I've saved as PDFs. Great for travelling/holidays.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:33:29 AM
I use Cozi on my PC. I like the recipe box feature. I also like for meal planning you can drag the recipe title to a day of the week on the calendar. You can also link to a recipe on the web without having to type it in.

There is an iPad/iPhone app but the recipe feature doesn't work the same on it ... Yet.
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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:59:31 AM
Evernote! It is the best! I have it on my iPhone, PC, work PC, iPad, iTouch! I love not printing off recipes anymore!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 10:08:10 AM
I use pinterest. The visual bookmarking works for me. It's only a hassle if a recipe I want doesn't have a photo but in those cases, I just suck it up and print and put it in my regular recipe binders.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:01:06 AM
I have a blog with recipes but I don't put every recipe I find on it. So I still have a lot of recipe papers lying around. I also use springpad but don't have all of my recipes on it either.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:26:02 AM
Gale - I only put tried and true recipes on our recipe blog.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 12:39:44 AM
I use Plantoeat.com. Yes, it's a pay site, but you can try it for 30 days, no card required.

I've heard great things about Paprika, but I'm not a Mac family.

I like PTE because:
It's easy to add my own recipes. I don't have to fill in any fields but the title.
If I find a recipe on the web, it will import with a bookletmark easily. If the site isn't compatible, I can bulk copy and paste without having to paste each ingredient one at a time (and it's only very few blogs that aren't compatible in my experience).
I can email a recipe to anyone regardless of whether they are a subscriber.
I can access my recipes anywhere with internet.
I can print a recipe if I need it.
I can save my entire recipe book offline if I decide to quit.
I can scale a recipe larger or smaller (as long as I put in the serving size).
It has a planner and shopping list.

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Just my humble opinion. And no, I wasn't being mean.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:19:24 AM
I also use and love Evernote.

I'm in the process of getting all of my paper recipes into Evernote. I also like that I can share a notebook. So my Mom and a few others can access my recipes whenever they want.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:37:31 AM
I would just say to save your recipes in more places than one. I had a laptop die and lost all of my recipes in evernote. We think of backing up photos but losing those recipes was not easy, either!

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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:06:53 AM
Evernote files are stored online. I know this because I have a file of stuff I share with my sister, and I just send her a link to it online. Did they delete your stuff for some reason?

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