Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Works For Me Wednesday: Recipe Organization

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I want to present a topic that is a big one for those who love recipes?  How to organize recipes in the digital age. To be honest I am an old fashioned girl, I love old handwritten recipe cards. They are more personal and when I pass them down to my children,each will have something  from me to remember me by. I also like to have a written copy because websites come and go. The danger of online bookmarking is you might have a specific recipe bookmark today, but if the website is gone, so is your recipe. It is a time consuming process, so it might be one of those things you use for your time tested, family recipes.

 

pinterest

I love pinterest, if  you have never been to the site be prepared to stay a while. It is a place to visually bookmark recipes and ideas  or clothes that you like online. What is nice about pinterest is you can create separate boards for different categories. Such as a board for soup and sandwiches, appetizers, desserts etc.  If you are a  meal planner and have theme nights, you can create a board for each of your themes. That is helpful when you are meal planning you can just refer back to the website and pick out a recipe from each of your theme boards! If you would like an invite to pinterest please email me.

Evernote/OneNote/ software

Another method is using microsoft’s one note or the free evernote. These programs you create computer notebooks that help you organize web pages, recipes.  Here is an article I found on how another blogger uses these programs to  help her organize her recipes.
Here are a couple of other free programs
http://springpad.com/
https://www.dropbox.com/
http://keeprecipes.com/
http://ziplist.com

Gmail

Using gmail is another way to organize your recipes.Let me say if you are going to use gmail, you need to set up a gmail address specifically for recipes only. Most recipes you find online have an email button.  Simply email your recipe to that address, when you get the recipe set a specific tags for that recipe, for instance you get a recipe for chicken enchilada’s  you can make a tag for chicken, and for mexican.  When you are click on your tags for chicken or Mexican, your enchilada recipe will be right there!
Here are a few other articles on organization. The best way is the easiest way for you! 
http://www.gourmetfile.com/dailyspecials/recipe_organizer.html
http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/10/recipe_organizer_software.php
http://orgjunkie.com/2009/02/my-recipe-organization-part-one.html
How do you organize your recipes?

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on Apr. 25, 2012. Thanks again.

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  2. All great ideas i will have to see if i have onenote already. i found you on the SITS forums. great site, i look to reading more and i am a new Facebook follower.

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