Recipe Keeper 17+
Meal planner & shopping list, tudorspan limited.
- #153 in Food & Drink
- 4.8 • 13.8K Ratings
- Offers In-App Purchases
Recipe Keeper is the easy to use, all-in-one recipe organizer, shopping list and meal planner available across all of your devices. ADD RECIPES QUICKLY AND EASILY Enter your recipes with as much or as little information as you like. Copy and paste recipes from your existing documents or apps. Categorize your recipes by course and category. Add photos, rate your recipes and flag your favorites. IMPORT RECIPES FROM WEBSITES Search for recipes on the web and add them straight to your collection. Hundreds of popular recipe websites supported. Customize imported recipes to suit your needs. SCAN FROM COOKBOOKS, MAGAZINES AND HANDWRITTEN RECIPES Scan recipes using your phone's camera or from your existing photos and PDF files. OCR technology automatically converts images to text. Keep all your favorite family recipes safe forever. FIND ANY RECIPE INSTANTLY Quickly lookup your recipes by name, ingredient or directions or simply browse your recipes by course, category and rating. Got leftovers in the fridge? Search for a recipe to use them up. Cook more of your favorite meals and rediscover those long-forgotten recipes to make mealtimes interesting again. SHARE RECIPES WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Share your recipes by email and to your favorite social networks. Create a shared family recipe collection. Add recipes from other Recipe Keeper users with a single tap. CREATE BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOKS Create cookbooks from your recipes for printing or sharing as a PDF with cover page, table of contents, custom layouts and more. UNEXPECTED GUESTS? Adjust a recipe serving size up or down and let Recipe Keeper automatically recalculate your ingredients for you. PLAN AHEAD AND STAY IN CONTROL Integrated weekly and monthly meal planner allows you to plan your meals in advance. Add all your meals to your shopping list in one step. Recipe Keeper can even create a random meal plan for you based on your hints and suggestions. Get rid of that "what should I cook tonight?" feeling. MAKE SHOPPING SIMPLER Fully featured shopping list that automatically groups your items by aisle. Save money by only buying what you need. No more trips back to the store for that one thing you forgot. AVAILABLE ACROSS ALL OF YOUR DEVICES Share your recipes, shopping lists and meal planner across all your iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and other mobile and tablet devices (separate purchase required for other platforms). "ALEXA, ASK RECIPE KEEPER FOR COOKIE RECIPES." Search your recipes, cook hands-free with step-by-step instructions and add items to your shopping list using the Recipe Keeper skill for Amazon Alexa, (English language only). TRANSFER YOUR EXISTING RECIPES Transfer your recipes from other apps such as Living Cookbook, MasterCook, MacGourmet, BigOven, Cook'n, My Cookbook, My Recipe Book, Paprika Recipe Manager, Pepperplate, OrganizEat, Recipe Box and many more. AND MORE! • Choose from 25 different color schemes, light & dark modes • Format recipes using bold and italics • Customizable recipe collections, courses and categories • Add nutrition information and search for recipes by nutritional amounts • Check off ingredients while cooking, highlight the current direction • Adjustable text size when viewing recipes - great for reading recipes across the kitchen • Convert recipes between US/Imperial and Metric units • Link related recipes together • Add links to online videos • Pin your favorite recipes to the home screen for quick access • Works offline - take your recipes with you wherever you go • Bulk update multiple recipes at once • Screen lock disabled while viewing recipes - no more messy fingers on screen trying to wake your device • Available in 15 languages GREAT SUPPORT We love hearing from you! If you need any help, have a question, or want to suggest a new feature, please email us at [email protected] Cook more. Eat healthier. Shop smarter. Try Recipe Keeper free today!
Improved Voiceover support. Minor bug fixes and performance improvements. Recipe import updated to support more web sites.
Ratings and Reviews
I love this app!
To the developers: My suggestion for improvement to the app would be a function to convert fractions to decimals; most recipe sites put theirs into fractions but for people using calorie trackers like MyFitnessPal, it has a hard time recognizing the fraction as a number and then you have to go in and edit the recipe. It would also be helpful in the instances where sya youre making 1/6 of a recipe and then you get a weird fraction like 1/14 tsp it would be helpful to see that in decimals. While im thinking about it it may also be helpful for a function that converts tsp to tbsp, etc because say the original recipe says 2 tbsp but youre making one serving and then it says something like .13 tbsp, it could be helpful to instead covert that to tsp since it’s so small. My review: Im a college student and since I’ve been away Ive been teaching myself how to cook slowly but surely. On a college student budget I only have the resources to cook maybe twice a week. This app helps me keep all the recipes I want to try organized. We see so many different creative recipes that we never thought of on social media, and with this I can keep them all together and not have to come back to a saved post on tiktok on Instagram, I just copy the link and come back to it later, or you could screenshot and scan it into your recipe index. If I wanted I could even put all my tiktok recipes into their own little cookbook which I think is a cool feature.
Developer Response ,
Hi. Thanks for the review and your suggestions about converting fractions. We will add this to our feature request list for consideration in a future update. If you have any other suggestions then please do email our support line and let us know. We are always looking for new ways to make Recipe Keeper even better. The Recipe Keeper Team.
BEST BEST BEST
I can’t begin to say how cool this app is! Hands down best out there and I’ve tried several. YES you have to buy on all platforms but soooo worth it and if you add together still cheaper than most AND wayyy better. You can’t even buy a blank book-type recipe keeper for the price of this app. The “copy written recipes” alone is a game changer. So many old family recipes entered in a snap! You have to correct them a little, but considering the writing it’s expected and far better than hand typing. So many other recipe apps are missing this feature! I’ve had this app about 6 months and I’m learning new tricks every day. This app is for the lazy (like me) that just wanna be sure I don’t lose a recipe, to the super OCD organizer (like me) that’s wants complete order! No matter my mood this app works. The only things missing are a Table of Contents. I really wish I could click on a recipe from a list that I can organize my way and it would take me to recipe. Would like to print this list so I know every recipe I have in app. Also, would like “sharing” with option to keep notes private. I include family history so when I’m gone and this is passed to other family they’ll have little stories to read about where their favorite recipes came from, but I don’t wanna share that with everyone!! These 2 changes would make it Supremo but until they do, it’s still a great app!! And well worth every penny!
Amazing! Three apps in one!!!
I have tried a number of recipe apps, some with great features, but that’s all they were...just recipes. So, I also had a meal planner app and many shopping list apps I was trying out. I have so many apps I can’t remember which ones I like or why! Recipe keeper saved my life! One app, so easy to use and save recipes I get online ALL the time, lan out my meals so I don’t buy tomatoes and they rot because I don’t need them for a recipe that week, and a shopping list IN the app so it will be easier to find which recipe I bought the ingredients for in the first place (although the meal planner will help too!) I buy so many ingredients for recipes I KNOW I needed something for at some point, but never remember every ingredient so I don’t end up making it, or I may not find the recipe again. It’s too confusing to keep up with so many apps, and this has saved my life! I had a few questions on function (I sometimes don’t read FAQ’s well...my bad...) and I sent customer support an email. They got back to me within 24 hours! Then I responded and it was less than three. Very, very helpful. I don’t mind at all paying $5 for the upgrade or even $10 if I put it on both iOS and droid. I think it’s a steal! Can’t wait to see what new features they may add based on suggestions or their own experiences!
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Great way to store and share your recipes with the family. Invaluable for meal planning and shopping lists
My New Years goal was to get my recipes in order. I found this app and did the free trial but quickly knew I wanted to become a lifetime member. So easy to use, beautiful layout, everything I need in one place.
Finally the recipe manager app I've been waiting for! Does everything I need (but not bloated by stuff I don't), is completely intuitive, and makes the weekly meal planning and shop a breeze. One of the best apps full stop.
I’ve been living in recipe book chaos for several years now and have been looking for a solution. The cookbook app is the EXACT answer I was looking for! It is outstanding. I love this app so much.
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I tried many different recipe apps before finding this treasure. Wow! It does everything right!!! Great layout, love the ocr (which flawlessly works, even with Dutch recipes), planning tool is used every week, and the url import is great too! Do not bother searching any further, it wont get any better than this ;-)
I have used cookbook on my computer for months finally got the app so it is easier to cook for my family when I am visiting instead of bringing my laptop
This app is the best app I’ve ever downloaded. I have been using it for years, and everyone I have recommended it to has spoken just as highly of it. It becomes my go to for meal planning, recipe referencing while cooking, and ingredient shopping
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I’m not sure that I have ever written an app review before but had to do so for CookBook. It really is brilliant. So easy to use and just fantastic for collating all your favourite recipes. Love it!
Very good app that works on all devices (computer and smartphone) and all operating systems. Thanks to the bulk import of recipes, I could finally switch away from paprika and am super satisfied.
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I love this app for organising my recipes and having them available at my fingertips. Also for helping me with meal planning too.
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How much does cookbook cost.
CookBook is free to download and try with up to 20 recipes, 5 OCR recipe scans & 2 shopping lists, so you can try before you buy! You will need to select a plan once you've reached these limits.
Do I have to pay to use CookBook on each device?
No, your plan will give you unlocked access to the CookBook mobile and web app on ALL of your devices, on including iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet, computer & laptop.
With so many recipe managers out there, why CookBook?
CookBook stands out among recipe managers for several reasons. Our team is passionate about food and dedicated to helping people cook delicious meals. We are a small, personal team that values customer feedback and are always looking for ways to improve our app. Additionally, one of the unique features of CookBook is our recipe scanning function, which allows you to easily add recipes from your physical cookbooks or magazines to your digital collection. This is a feature not often found in other recipe management apps and is included as part of your CookBook plan.
Are my recipes public?
No your recipes are not public, CookBook is your own personal portable digital recipe manager. Just like keeping a binder of recipes at home in your kitchen!
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The 9 Best Recipe Organizer Apps to Replace Your Cookbooks
Is your cookbook a mess? Throw it out and try one of these best recipe management apps for Android and iPhone to find and organize recipes instead.
How many times have you jotted down a recipe on a slip of paper, only to lose it when you actually need it? When your cookbook is stuffed with tons of sticky notes, loose-leaf papers, and old family recipes, its disorganization can drive you nuts.
Luckily, installing a recipe management app on your smartphone can easily solve this issue. Recipe managers can help you find, create, and keep recipes in a single place. You can even save handwritten recipes without typing them in one by one.
The following are some of the best recipe organizer apps for Android and iPhone that will make you want to do away with your cookbook altogether.
1. Paprika Recipe Manager
Want to discover a new recipe? Hop on the Paprika app, and use its built-in web browser to find recipes from the best cooking websites for beginners and pros alike . When you spot a savory recipe, save it to the app with a simple tap. If you install Paprika on multiple devices, it will sync all your data to your phone as well as your computer and tablet.
Paprika also has a feature called "Recommended Sites" that lets you explore a variety of recipe categories. You can find recipes for different cuisines, occasions, diets, and more. You can also discover the most popular recipes or the favorites of different chefs.
In addition, you can edit your downloaded recipes and even interact with them while cooking. Cross off items as you go along, highlight your current step, add images, and even insert bold or italic text. Your phone's screen won't dim when you have a recipe open in Paprika, so that means no more unlocking your device with greasy or wet fingers!
Paprika doesn't just help out with recipes; it also gives you the tools to plan meals, create organized shopping lists, start a timer, and convert measurements.
Download: Paprika Recipe Manager for Android (Free, premium version available) | iOS ($4.99) | Windows (Free trial, $29.99) | Mac ($29.99)
As soon as you open the BigOven app, you'll get inspired for your next meal. Tap Get ideas and scroll through dozens of the most mouthwatering recipes. When you're looking for something specific, type the meal in the search bar and browse over 350,000 recipes made by home cooks.
Remember when we mentioned that some apps allow you to import handwritten recipes without typing them in? Use BigOven's recipe scanner to take pictures of a family recipe, and have it instantly recreated in the app.
BigOven makes cooking social. You can opt to follow friends, family, and other cooks who use the app. That way, you can see what they're cooking and get some ideas. Big Oven also helps you create meals out of leftover ingredients, coordinate your shopping lists with other family members, and even plan meals.
Download: BigOven for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Yummly makes it easy to find a recipe that you'll love. It's both an app and a desktop website, making it even more convenient when you want to swap between your phone and your computer. After just a few searches, Yummly gets to know your taste and will start recommending recipes.
If you suffer from a food allergy or have any special dietary requirements, Yummly can filter out recipes that contain ingredients you want to avoid. This is especially helpful if you've been looking for a vegetarian or vegan app to help you plan your meals.
Search through over two million recipes tailored to your needs. When you favorite a recipe, you can jump right into making it now, or put it on your calendar for another day.
Download: Yummly for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
4. Allrecipes Dinner Spinner
If you're already familiar with the Allrecipes website, then you'll love its app. Allrecipes provides recipe suggestions that make you hungry just by looking at them. You can favorite recipes and organize them into the folders of your choice.
Allrecipes is home to over 50,000 recipes that come with plenty of helpful reviews, videos, and pictures. When you're ready to start planning your meal, easily transfer the recipe's ingredients to your shopping list. Just like on the website, the Allrecipes app helps you save money on food by showing any price markdowns at your local supermarket.
Download: Allrecipes Dinner Spinner for Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
ChefTap doesn't come with as many bells and whistles as Paprika or BigOven, but it's still simple enough to use when you're in a rush. Unfortunately, you have to pay to manage your grocery lists, scale ingredients, or clone recipes, making it a little short on free features.
Clipping is the best feature that comes with ChefTap, namely because it's free and convenient. ChefTap not only connects with your browser when you're looking for recipes online, but it comes with its own built-in browser as well. That means you can import online recipes to ChefTap in a matter of seconds.
With the free version, you can still interact with your recipe while cooking, personalize your recipes, and gain inspiration from other chefs.
Download: ChefTap for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Cookmate, formerly known as My CookBook, offers some of the same features as ChefTap. Choose to add a recipe manually or import one from the internet. Like ChefTap, Cookmate connects to your browser, allowing you to transfer recipes from a web page to the app.
You can also create a shopping list almost instantaneously based on your ingredients. There's no need to write out a shopping list that you'll forget to bring with you to the store. Cookmate's free meal planner even gives you the tools to create a menu for the entire week.
With the free version, you're limited to 60 recipes and one shopping list.
Download: Cookmate for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Although AnyList is focused more on the grocery shopping aspect of cooking, it still comes in handy when organizing your recipes. It lets you import online recipes right from your mobile browser. When the recipe appears in AnyList, the app lists all the necessary ingredients and their quantities. You can then pick which ones to add to your shopping list.
Once AnyList gets to know you, it provides grocery suggestions. Choose to favorite certain essential grocery items so you never forget about them during your next supermarket run. These lists can be shared as well.
The only downside to AnyList is that you have to pay in order to access certain features such as ingredient scaling, themes, folders, and meal planning. At the time of updating this article, you can save five recipes from the web for free on the application.
Download: AnyList for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)
Whisk is an all-in-one app for finding and saving recipes, as well as creating shopping lists and weekly meal plans. As soon as you open the app, you'll likely be overwhelmed by the number of options that it offers you. The interface is a lot like any social media app.
You can join communities, follow creators, choose to browse through the delicious recipes posted by the members of the Whisk community, or you can import your own from the web. By simply adding Whisk's Recipe Saver extension to your phone or desktop browser, you can start saving recipes from your browser, directly to the app.
You might also want to consider Whisk's RecipeScan app, which allows you to scan and upload printed recipes that you might have in your existing cookbook. Whisk will automatically format it in an easy-to-follow layout.
To make Whisk all the more attractive, it even allows you to order groceries based on the shopping list that you build in the app. The app currently partners with Walmart, Amazon Fresh, Kroger, Ralphs, Instacart, and more, allowing you to get your cooking needs delivered to your doorstep.
Download: Whisk for Android | iOS (Free)
Tasty is one of the best recipe apps period, let alone recipe organizers, which is why it also made it into our list of the best apps that simplify healthy cooking . It offers easy-to-follow recipes, no matter your cooking expertise; it's a great app for beginner chefs .
Of course, each recipe is broken down into steps that you can follow, but one of the great things about Tasty is that it has accompanying videos too. That means you can easily see and follow the technique and ensure your food looks similar.
You can find recipes according to all sorts of criteria: ingredients, speed, difficulty, cuisine, and more. Then, when you find something you like, tap the heart icon and the recipe will be saved to your cookbook—accessible via the My Recipes tab on the bottom.
Here, your recipes are automatically sorted into their categories, like breakfast or appetizers. You can also mark when you've made a recipe; if you like it, give it a thumbs up , and it'll go into your Would Make Again cookbook.
Download: Tasty for Android | iOS (Free)
Recipe Organizer Apps Come to the Rescue
The only time you should feel stressed out when cooking is when your skillet catches fire. If your cluttered cookbook frustrates you, it's time to get rid of it and use one of these best recipe apps to keep everything organized. Every good cook knows that disorganization is a recipe for disaster.
The easiest way to organize your recipes
Recipe Keeper is the quick and easy way to collect, organize and share all your favorite recipes across your mobile, tablet, PC and Mac.
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All your recipes, all in one place
The all-in-one recipe organizer, shopping list and meal planner available across all your devices., your personal cookbook.
Collect all your favorite recipes in one place and organize them just the way you want.
Add your own recipes, import recipes from websites or snap a photo of a recipe from a book or magazine.
Add recipe ingredients to your shopping list with a single tap.
Create your shopping list on your computer then browse in the store from your mobile.
Weekly and monthly meal planner to help you keep on top of things.
Take the stress out of deciding what to cook every night.
Share with friends and family
Share your recipes with your friends and family by email.
Share to your favorite social networks including Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
Create beautiful cookbooks of your recipes for printing or sharing.
Sync your recipes across your iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, PC and Mac.
Your recipes are always with you whether online or offline.
Cook hands-free using your Amazon Alexa device.
Have a question or got a suggestion? Let us know - we love hearing from you!
Add recipes quickly and easily
Enter your recipes with as little or as much information as you like.
Copy and paste recipes from your existing documents or apps.
Categorize your recipes by course and category.
Add photos, rate your recipes and flag your favorites.
Import recipes automatically from other recipe apps.
Import recipes from websites
Search for recipes on the web and add them straight to your collection.
Hundreds of popular recipe websites supported.
Once added you can customize a recipe to suit your needs.
Scan from cookbooks, magazines and handwritten recipes
Scan recipes using your phone's camera or from your existing photos and PDF files.
OCR technology automatically converts images to text.
Keep all your favorite family recipes safe forever.
Find any recipe instantly
Quickly lookup your recipes by name, ingredient or directions or simply browse your recipes by course, category and rating.
Got some leftovers in the fridge? Search for a recipe to use them up.
Cook more of your favorite meals and rediscover those long forgotten recipes to make meal times interesting again.
Share recipes with friends and family
Share your recipes by email or to your favorite social networks.
Add recipes from other Recipe Keeper users with a single tap.
Adjust a recipe serving size up or down and let Recipe Keeper automatically recalculate your ingredients for you!
Plan ahead and stay in control
Integrated weekly and monthly meal planner allows you to plan your meals in advance.
Add all the ingredients from your meal planner to your shopping list in one step.
Share your meal plan with all your family.
Get rid of that "what should I cook tonight?" feeling.
Make shopping simpler
Fully featured shopping list that automatically groups your items by aisle.
Supports multiple shopping lists - create a separate shopping list for each store.
Quickly add your regular items to your list with the favorites button.
Save money by only buying what you need.
No more trips back to the store for that one thing you forgot.
Create beautiful cookbooks
Create cookbooks of your recipes for printing or sharing as a PDF file.
Customizable recipe layouts with your choice of fonts, colors, page sizes and more.
Design your own cover page, add chapters, custom text pages, table of contents and page numbers.
The perfect gift for your family and friends.
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Search your recipes and cook hands-free with step-by-step instructions using the Recipe Keeper skill for Amazon Alexa (English language only).
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5 recipe apps to help organize your meals
Setting up a recipe management system is something every home cook should do
By Jack Izzo | Published Jan 24, 2023 8:00 AM EST
Any aspiring cook knows that being skilled in the kitchen comes with some organizational challenges. You have to find a place for all the tools you accumulate over time, and figure out how to use all those highly specific ingredients that are now overflowing your cupboards. And then there are the recipes.
My mother, for instance, has a collection of at least 1,000. Her floor-to-ceiling bookshelf of newspaper clippings, magazines, cookbooks, and website printouts contain enough recipes for a lifetime, but trying to find the instructions to make a specific dish is way more difficult than it needs to be.
As an avid home cook with not enough space to have my own kitchen library, I decided to switch to a recipe manager app. If you’re in a similar situation, you should try one, too. App stores are filled with options, so finding one that works for you will require a lot of downloading and experimentation. Fortunately, I already went through that process so you don’t have to.
Paprika 3 has been around for a while and it shows—the user interface, while still friendly, has a blocky design that makes it feel dated. However, the app is comprehensive, which is probably why it’s the top paid food app on iOS and No. 6 on Android.
Unlike some of its competitors, Paprika 3 has no limit on the number of recipes you can store, and its search feature makes it easy to find what you want to cook among a sea of dishes. Adding a new recipe is as simple as tapping the main menu (three lines) in the top left, going to the Browser tab, typing in or copying the URL, and making sure Paprika didn’t make a mistake while importing. The app also helps you shop, allowing you to add all the ingredients from a recipe to your in-app grocery list with one tap. Paprika is the only app on this list with a useful dedicated pantry tab, a separate list for the ingredients you already have at home, which comes in handy so avoid double-buying.
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The platform can also assist you while cooking, and you can easily adjust serving sizes by moving a slider, so it’s no problem if you’re making larger or smaller amounts. If a recipe calls for a particular cook time, Paprika will highlight it and let you set up an in-app timer with just two taps. You can also have more than one timer going at once, something any iOS user will greatly appreciate.
Unfortunately, Paprika hasn’t added any major features since 2017, falling behind against its competitors. While other apps use in-app scanners to import paper recipes, Paprika makes you transcribe the steps manually or use a third-party scanner. The app also lacks integration across devices, meaning that you can only access your recipe collection by buying the app for each and every one of your gadgets. This is especially annoying since the desktop version costs a whopping $30. The good news is that because the platform was developed before the subscription model became popular, you can use the app after a one-time payment.
After trying all of these different options, Paprika was the app I decided to use. While it may not look as pretty as its competitors, it has almost all of the features that I want. Since the instructions are stored in the app, you’ll have access to your Paprika recipes offline, and it’s easy to edit them if you decide to change a certain step. I found the pantry feature useful when I made a trip to the grocery store and couldn’t remember if I had certain ingredients at home. I’m not super enthusiastic about buying the desktop version, but given how useful I’ve already found Paprika on my phone, I may give it a try if my small phone screen becomes frustrating.
Paprika3 is $5 for iOS and Android , and $30 for MacOS and Windows .
Whisk is ridiculously good at almost everything, and it’s free. The app is cleanly designed, user-friendly, and asks about your diet, allergies, and favorite cuisines upon registration—a feature I’m surprised I didn’t see everywhere.
The app also has a social element, so you can share recipes with fellow Whisk users and review the ones you’ve tried. People in the community can also collaborate and create collections of recipes based on cuisine, meal, cook time, and more.
Searching for and adding recipes is fast and simple. You can either paste a URL or type some keywords into the app’s built-in search feature ( Explore ), which helped me find exactly what I was looking for both on the internet at large and among the preparations posted by other Whisk users. In addition, the app’s Chrome extension makes it even easier to search for recipes, and you can save them to the app with one click. You can also build custom recipes within the app, but there is no way to scan them from a paper or book.
Whisk also allows you to easily add ingredients to your grocery list, and thanks to integration with Instacart, Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, and other major stores, you can shop directly for what you need on your favorite platform. The only downside to this feature is that Whisk doesn’t update your grocery list based on what’s in your pantry, so you’ll have to check what you have to make sure you don’t double-buy anything.
But where I think Whisk dropped the ball is in how the app displays recipes from external sites. The ones created directly on the platform look great, but tapping on Instructions when making a dish you found online redirects you to the original webpage. This means that if you got the recipe from a food blog, you’ll have to scroll all the way down through an extensive backstory and pictured steps to get to the actual instructions. More importantly, if the original publisher decides to stash the recipe behind a paywall you’ll need that subscription to use it, and if they just decide to take it down, you’ll lose your recipe forever.
Whisk is free for iOS and Android .
Pestle is an iOS-only app and all about aesthetics—the user interface is clean and minimal and the green highlights make navigation easy. The app allows you to add recipes from any website, and if something goes wrong in the process (like a missing ingredient) you can fix it manually. Pestle also lets you scan physical recipes with your device’s camera, though you may get mixed results depending on whether the text is handwritten or typed.
Unlike Paprika, this platform doesn’t keep tabs on what you have in your pantry, so if you use the app’s shopping list feature, you might end up with an extra onion or two.
Pestle’s big appeal is its cooking mode. You’ll see each step displayed in big text, with the ingredients highlighted as you need them. The app also highlights certain instructions, and by tapping on them you’ll be able to set timers. Unfortunately, the platform only recognizes time in its numeral form, so if the recipe asks you to bake for “twenty” minutes instead of “20,” you won’t get the option to set a timer.
Pestle brings up instructions one at a time, which is slightly annoying if you want to know the next steps in advance. My saving grace was the voice feature: If you give Pestle access to your microphone, you can move through the recipe by saying “next” or “back,” a no-brainer if you’re dealing with raw meat or anything else that involves messy hands.
The Discover tab is another of Pestle’s best features. The app keeps track of the sites you get your recipes from and displays the latest dishes posted there. You can save them to your personal collection with one tap.
Like its subscription-based competitors, Pestle’s free version is too limited to be practical and only allows you to store up to 15 recipes. The Pro version runs on a subscription plan, which includes features like Apple SharePlay compatibility and synchronization across devices.
Pestle is free for iOS . Support for unlimited recipes comes with a Pro subscription available for $20 a year or a one-time fee of $38.
Yummly has an interface that looks nice but doesn’t necessarily provide a good user experience—it feels like a dating app for food recipes. It comes with some pretty interesting features, though. Like Whisk, Yummly asks about dietary restrictions up front before jumping into suggested meals.
The app’s search feature allows you to apply multiple filters, including liked and disliked foods, to help you find the right recipe. Unfortunately, Yummly’s database does not include paywalled content, so you won’t be able to store anything you’re not already paying for.
What’s more disappointing is that Yummly is more of a portal than a recipe manager, so it doesn’t allow you to edit recipes or add your own. The platform also redirects you to the original web source when you open instructions to third-party recipes, which comes with the added hassle of dealing with individual websites or post layouts every time you want to cook
Yummly’s grocery list feature was the best designed of all the apps, sorting individual ingredients by either store aisle or recipe into collapsible tabs that made shopping effortless. It also links with Instacart, allowing you to get your groceries delivered directly to your door.
The app can also help you if you don’t know what to cook with what you have at hand—the ingredient scanner lets you take photos of what’s in your fridge and pantry, and provides suggestions for recipes you can make with them. This feature is only available with Yummly Pro, but I was genuinely surprised at how well this worked for produce and eggs. Sadly, the scanner didn’t recognize anything inside a container, like spices.
But what really sets the app apart from the rest is its original content, which is also a premium feature. Famous chefs like Jet Tila, Carla Hall, and Gregory Gourdet collaborated with the platform to produce recipe collections exploring different cuisines, diets, and techniques. All Yummly Pro recipes come with full instructions (a much better system than linking to the original recipe page) and step-by-step video tutorials.
If you’re trying to migrate a lot of recipes from somewhere else, Yummly isn’t a good option. But if you’re just getting started in learning how to cook, Yummly can be an invaluable tool. Of all the options on this list, Yummly is the most expensive, setting you back $5 a month or $30 a year for a subscription.
Yummly is free for iOS and Android . Premium content is available with a Yummly Pro subscription of $5 a month or $30 a year.
Build your own
If you’ve tried your fair share of apps and still haven’t found something that works for you, your best bet might be to design your own system. It requires a little bit more work than just adapting to an app, but using a cloud-based text editor like Google Docs allows you to store recipes simply by copying and pasting them.
People experienced with note-taking apps like Notion (available for Android and iOS ) or Obsidian (available for Android and iOS ) should also consider using them for recipe management, as they’re incredibly versatile while relatively simple to learn and navigate. Like Yummly and Whisk, using a word processor or notes app means you won’t have access to paywalled sites unless you already have a subscription, but that’s a small price for having complete control over how you manage your recipe collection.
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You can highlight ingredients and use a few keyboard shortcuts to get a shopping list together. You won’t be able to scroll through the instructions with your voice, but the Google suite , and Notion and Obsidian apps are all free and flexible, which means your system can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. For example, you could use a Google Sheet or a Notion template to do metric conversions for you, or you can use a master Google Doc with direct links to your recipes and use Google Keep integration to keep a shopping list always at hand.
And if none of these apps convinced you, there truly is nothing wrong with storing all your recipes physically, as long as you’re able to keep the collection organized. Print out your recipes, store them in a binder, and label them however you like. If you’re into meal planning, you can always use a planner, and writing your shopping list on a sticky note is a foolproof way to ensure you don’t forget anything. Sometimes, it’s hard to beat good old pen and paper.
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12 best cooking and recipe apps in 2023.
With these apps, you'll always know what's for dinner
Searching the web for the perfect recipe can be time-consuming, and keeping track of them in a web browser can be a huge pain. Plus, once you finally find one you like, you have to wade through endless text just to get to the actual cooking instructions. The good news is that there's a better way to discover and save recipes, and that's with the use of cooking and recipe Android apps on your favorite mobile device . Whether you're a beginner or an experienced home cook, these apps offer a range of features to simplify meal planning, preparation, organization, and cooking.
Just like our best Android apps roundup list, each selection on this list offers something unique that sets it apart from the rest, making it a standout in its own right. From grocery store integration and customizable meal plans to step-by-step cooking instructions and dietary restriction options, these apps have it all. You're also sure to appreciate the added convenience they bring to your kitchen. So, let's dive in and explore the best cooking and recipe Android apps that will take your culinary and meal preparation skills to the next level.
This app’s primary function is to find recipes based on specified ingredients. Once you enter what you have on hand, SuperCook will give you a list of recipes using only those ingredients. The app shows recipes using additional ingredients if your list is too short or includes odd things that don’t necessarily go together. If you’re missing any, you can add them to the built-in shopping list. Plus, any recipes liked in the app can be found on the Favorites tab.
Recipes can be filtered by meal type, cuisine, diet, rating, time, and more. There are 20 types of cuisines to choose from, including Thai, French, Asian, Caribbean, and Australian. The diet option lets you see vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free recipes. SuperCook is a great way to bring out your creative side and helps reduce food waste, and best of all, it’s free to use and free of ads. With over 2000 ingredients and 11 million recipes in their database, your family will wonder how you whipped up delicious meals with what you had on hand.
This is a user-friendly app for planning delicious and healthy meals for the week. With Mealime, you can easily create meal plans that fit your schedule, budget, and food preferences. The app has a large selection of easy-to-follow recipes that are made for different diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and more. However, the number of recipes you can access with a free account is limited. You'll need to upgrade to Mealime Pro, a monthly subscription, to unlock exclusive new recipes each month. Upon unlocking, you'll be able to add your own recipes, see nutrition facts for recipes, access advanced recipe filters, and see your meal plan history.
Mealime features a grocery list generator and built-in shortcuts to shop online at various supermarkets, making it easy to shop for any ingredients you're missing. You can also change the number of servings in a recipe to make sure there's enough for everyone. In addition, the neatly outlined step-by-step cooking instructions make meal preparation a breeze. There's also a cooking mode that can be enabled for a convenient, hands-free experience. With this, you can advance to the next step just by holding your hand on the top of your screen, which means no more greasy phone screens.
Looking for an ad-free global community where you can connect with cooking enthusiasts, discover new recipes, and share personal recipes and tips? If so, this app is sure to become a favorite. You can search for and follow other users to keep up with the recipes and tips they post. Under the “Inspiration” tab, you’ll see recent recipes that have been added to the app. This is a fantastic way to discover new recipes and cooks to connect with. When using the search feature, you can search for recipes, ingredients, and tips.
A handy ingredients filter lets you add other ingredients you’d like to use in your recipes, allowing you to use up food items before going bad. If you have picky eaters in your family or someone with an allergy or intolerance, you can also choose ingredients you don’t want in your recipes. You’ll need to enter all recipes manually when sharing them; there isn’t a way to import recipes. You can upload a photo and add a title, description, place of origin (location), number of servings, cook time, ingredients, and steps. You can add a photo for each step to make it easier for others to follow along.
If you’d like to save an unlimited number of recipes from anywhere on the web in a clean format, organize them into collections, and add them to weekly meal plans, this is the app for you. While an account isn’t needed, if you want to back up your recipes and view them from other devices, you’ll need to create one. Stashcook is free and doesn’t include ads; however, a premium upgrade can unlock additional features like nutritional analysis and synced recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists.
You can stash recipes by sharing them via the Share Menu or by pasting the direct recipe link into the app. With a premium account, you can access an integrated web browser to search for and save recipes without leaving the app. One of the best things about Stashcook is that you can create collections to group your recipes by type, diet, budget, and more. With the built-in shopping list, adding recipe ingredients is quick and painless. It’s easy to see why this app is a hit!
Like Stashcook, this app lets you save recipes from anywhere on the web via a direct link. You can also search for recipes saved by other users and search for recipes by ingredients. Whisk is free, and there aren’t ads in the app itself. However, it sometimes directs you to the original recipe in the in-app browser. Thanks to its Communities feature, you can join one of the many pre-existing communities or create your own. They're great for asking questions, adding any saved recipes, or creating a custom recipe to share with the rest of the members. Since communities can be private, you can essentially set up a collaborative recipe book and meal plans with your family and friends.
When filtering recipes, there are many options under cuisine, meal type, and diet. With 32 cuisine types, such as Canadian, Indian, Moroccan, and Vietnamese, you can see recipes from worldwide. If you’re following one or more specific diets, this is the place to filter out recipes that aren’t for you. Whisk, of course, has the standard options: vegan, vegetarian, low carb, keto, gluten-free, and paleo. However, you can choose six other diets: lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian, pescatarian, Mediterranean, and dairy free.
Whisk doesn’t stop there. They’ve also partnered with numerous grocery stores so that you can get missing ingredients delivered right to your door . Stores are available based on location. So, once you’ve added everything you need to your shopping list, you can start the checkout process right from the app. It will direct you to your preferred store (set in settings), where you can complete the checkout process. Talk about a recipe app that does it all!
6 Kitchen Stories
With thousands of recipes, instructional videos, and food articles, this app is perfect for those wanting to improve their cooking skills. With a free, ad-supported account, you can publish personal recipes to share with the Kitchen Stories community. Like Allrecipes, you can read recipe reviews and add your own. Plus, there are options to like and save recipes for easy access. Like Stashcook’s collections, you can easily create cookbooks to organize your saved recipes.
The built-in search lets you filter your results by category, diet, cuisine, main ingredients (you can pick more than one), occasion, difficulty level, and more. Under cuisine, you can choose one or more of the eight options, which include Middle Eastern and European. The options for those following a specific diet are meatless, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and alcohol-free. Another handy filter is “occasion,” as it has “kid-friendly” as an option, which isn’t something you see in many similar apps. A few other unique filter options here are crowd pleaser, on-the-go, comfort food, finger food, and prepare ahead.
Kitchen Stories provides detailed step-by-step instructions for each recipe. You can swipe back and forth through each step using the full-screen cooking mode. There’s a built-in shopping list for adding recipe ingredients. Plus, you can adjust the serving amount for each recipe, ensuring you have enough for the entire family. Unfortunately, you can’t add recipes from the web, but monthly and yearly subscription options exist for those looking to do that, along with a few other bonuses.
This ad-free app allows you to create and share multiple lists, enter and import recipes from the web, organize recipes into collections, and plan your meals using the built-in calendar (subscription required). With a straightforward design that’s easy on the eyes, its list feature is where AnyList shines. There are three list types to choose from, and you can customize the icon and theme for reach. You can add ingredients to your list with a simple tap, and these lists are automatically broken up into categories to ease your in-store shopping experience .
The app doesn’t let you search through recipes other users have saved; you can only use the search to find recipes you’ve created or saved yourself. Unfortunately, the web import feature is limited to five recipes with a free account, so you’ll need to upgrade to AnyList Complete to save an unlimited number. The good thing is that it’s pretty easy to create a custom recipe. Plus, it doesn’t have to be a recipe you came up with; you can copy and paste one from the web. So if you’re looking for a practical way to organize your favorite recipes, AnyList is perfect.
Finally, AnyList offers online grocery shopping integration (currently available in the United States only), allowing you to order groceries directly from the app for curbside pickup or delivery. After enabling this up in Settings, you can enter your zip code to get a list of supported stores in your area. A few options you'll see are Walmart, Instacart, Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, Amazon Fresh, and Shipt. To begin, navigate to a list and select "Order Pickup or Delivery," and the app will walk you through finding each item on the external website. It's quite useful!
8 Paprika Recipe Manager 3
As the full app name indicates, this app helps you neatly organize your recipes. It has quite a list of features, including the ability to create multiple grocery lists. Only two of its features require an upgrade to unlock them: unlimited recipe saving and cloud sync. With a free account, you can only save up to 50 recipes. The app has a built-in browser for finding and importing recipes into the app. You can also create and add custom recipes if you can’t find your recipe or have a personal one you’d like to add.
Paprika has a robust category feature for organizing recipes; you can even have nested categories. Like AnyList, the search only allows you to search through your saved recipes, not those saved by other users. The pantry feature lets you keep track of the ingredients you already have on hand, so you never run out. The meal planner lets you easily create daily, weekly, and monthly plans. There’s also a menu feature for those who like to eat the same things regularly, like tacos on Tuesdays! Paprika’s user-friendly, ad-free experience makes creating an organized personal library of recipes a breeze.
This well-known app does everything from meal planning to shopping lists to recommended recipes based on ingredients. Yummly is free, but a monthly and yearly subscription unlocks numerous extra features like meal planning, advanced search features, guided recipes, and pro recipes. The app is ad-free, but you might come across sponsored recipes or get directed to a recipe’s source site serving its own ads. Along with over 2 million recipes to choose from that can be organized into collections, you’ll also have access to helpful instructional videos and food articles. There’s even a built-in voice assistant for navigating recipes hands-free; just say, “Hey Yummly” to activate it; a few commands include “See ingredients,” “See all steps,” “Next,” and “Back.”
Want to try something from Brazil, Hawaii, Ireland, Sweden, or somewhere else? You can filter recipes by choosing one or more of 26 cuisines. If you follow dietary restrictions, you’ll want to head to Dietary Preferences in the app’s settings to customize your diet and allergies. There are nine diet options (multiple selections allowed) with a few unique ones: diabetic, low FODMAP, lacto-vegetarian, and ovo-vegetarian. These settings will further customize your home feed. Plus, your preferences can be enabled when searching, so you’ll only see applicable recipes. The Nutrition search filter lets you add low fat, high fiber, low sodium, low calorie, low-carb, or low sugar options.
Under Explore, there are 12 handy recipe categories; seasonal, quick and easy, trending now, and kid-friendly, to name a few. User reviews are public, so you can see if a recipe is worth your time or not. Shopping lists are organized by category. Lastly, their “virtual pantry” feature (in the pre-release phase on Android only) lets you keep track of items you currently have on hand and search for recipes that only include those ingredients (much like Supercook). No more unnecessary trips to the store!
This ad-free app provides tasty recipes that are great for the entire family. On the “Discover” tab, you can browse through the top and most recent recipes. If you're looking for some inspiration, head to the "Community" tab. Here you can see what others are making and even give posts a thumbs up. Tapping on the search will display numerous filters you can use to narrow down your results; these filters are also available on the search results page. For example, under “Popular,” you can find meals that you can make in under 30 minutes or recipes using five ingredients or less. You can filter recipes by difficulty, meal type, occasion, diet, cuisine, and cooking style. Under diet, you’ll find dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy, keto, pescatarian, and vegan.
The step-by-step instruction mode is where the app shines; it gives you an immersive experience for each recipe step and includes text instructions and a video to guide you along the way. When browsing recipes, you can add all ingredients to your grocery bag. Once added, you can find them under “My Bag” in the app. Here, you can swap or remove items as needed and tap “Finish shopping at Walmart,” where you’ll be directed to the Walmart website. All items will be automatically added to the cart, and you can check out from there. Tasty certainly makes mealtime easy.
With more than 18,000 recipes to choose from and an easy-to-use interface, this app is a one-stop shop for planning, preparing, and shopping for meals. The app lets you choose from a wide range of special diets, including vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, low-carb, and keto. You can also choose to avoid recipes with gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish if you have an allergy or intolerance to any of these. One of the most significant benefits of the SideChef app is its integration with over 3,100 grocery stores. You can add all the ingredients required for a recipe to your cart and choose home delivery or store pick-up.
Along with creating and saving personal recipes, you can save recipes from the web by copying and pasting the URL in the app. The app's search functionality lets you search by ingredients, meal type, or meal categories like one-pot, soup, comfort food, and budget-friendly. Recipes can be saved to your favorites for easy access, and you can also create a weekly dinner plan and easily swap out recipes if needed. With its grocery store integration, customizable meal plans, and extensive recipe database, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to eat healthily and save time.
12 Cookbook Junior
If you’re looking for tasty recipes that your children will love or easy recipes they can make on their own, this app is a godsend. The free version is ad-supported with features like meal planning, offline syncing for recipe categories, and recipe organization via collections. Two paid subscription options exist to unlock all of its features and remove ads. Since Cookbook Junior is geared toward kids, the categories are upbeat, and the app has a fun, colorful design. However, some of its features can be hard to find due to the layout.
For visual learners, there’s a small selection of concise video recipes. There’s also a section for educational food stories; exclusive editorial content can be unlocked with a subscription. While the search feature doesn’t have a filter on the main search screen, choosing "recipes for your health condition" will direct you to a new section where you can filter by diet, allergies, meal type, and more. There are 17 diet options available, and in addition, you can select common allergies, such as dairy, egg, fish, gluten, mustard, peanut, seafood, and soy.
Like Supercook and Yummly, you can see recipes based on ingredients you already have in your kitchen, but you’re limited to just three ingredients. If you don’t have all the ingredients, you can add the missing ones to the built-in shopping list. Cookbook Junior’s “cooking mode” is a convenient way to follow along in a recipe. The app reads each step out loud, letting you go to the next step when ready. Undoubtedly, this app has a lot to offer for kids and adults.
Let the cooking begin
It's no secret that many people loathe spending time in the kitchen planning and preparing meals, which is why the above Android apps are so convenient. Thankfully, these apps provide a convenient and accessible way to discover and save recipes, plan meals, and shop for groceries. From apps for beginners to apps for experts, each one offers something unique to make your cooking experience more enjoyable and efficient. Whether you're looking to eat healthier, save time, or learn new cooking skills, there's an app for that.
So, if you're tired of scrolling through endless paragraphs of irrelevant information to find a recipe or forgetting to bookmark your favorite recipes, try out one of these cooking and recipe Android apps. Hopefully, you'll find an app that not only meets your requirements but also improves your culinary experiences. What is your go-to app for recipes?
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Apps to write down and save your own recipes
For this reason, we will tell you about some of the Best Apps with which you can save your own recipes on mobile and always take them with you, whether you’re just starting out or creating a collective recipe book with someone or just want to have your recipe book on your smartphone.
My Recipe Box: RecetteTek
This is a perfect application for kitchen lovers, since with it you will be able to create and manage your recipes effectively, uniting them all in one app. You can take them from the Internet or add them directly. Its search engine allows you to find and import the recipe from many cooking websites, and adapt them according to your criteria.
It has filters by ingredients, categories, favorites or tags so you can find them instantly. You can also create shopping lists.
This is an app with which you can collect, organize, manage and share the recipes you like the most on your mobile. You can add them easily with the information you want, copying them into documents or apps, as well as classifying them according to category or type of food. You can add photos, rate recipes, bookmark, import and much more. You can even scan handwritten recipes, cookbooks, and more.
It is the best way to manage and find the recipes that you like the most at the moment and create personalized cookbooks if you wish. You can transfer your recipes from other apps, change the design and more.
My Recipe Book
This is an Android app in which you will have all your recipes always available on your mobile, and if you use Wear OS you can also have them on your watch. It is a cookbook with an original design in which you can easily and simply add your cooking recipes. It stands out for its simplicity, without complications.
In addition, on iOS you have Recipe Book, an app in which you can also have your recipes at hand and share them with whoever you want, all in a simple way. There are recipe sheets, books and webs, with the ability to scan whatever you want. Recipes are saved to iCloud. It is also an app to highlight.
Cookpad: Get Inspired and Cook
This is the app in which you can be inspired by the recipes of homemade food from other people and take advantage of the ingredients you have or even innovate in the kitchen. You can use filters, search for recipes with certain ingredients or look for inspiration.
Not only that, but you can share your own recipes to always have them on hand and help other people discover new dishes. It has a Premium version if you wish, also available in Spain.
Cookmate – My Recipes
This is an app where you can save all your favorite recipes in one place by creating a electronic recipe book It offers various possibilities of search so you can find what you are looking for in a short time and import it to send it to whoever you want. In addition to adding your recipes or importing your electronic recipe book in one of its accepted formats, you will be able to find new recipes on the Internet.
You can sync recipes with several smartphones, create shopping lists, read recipes with voice synthesis and much more. In addition, they are compatible with the Android Wear watch. These are some of the many possibilities that it offers you.
Enjoy the kitchen with these applications that will allow you to save your recipes to have them at hand whenever you want or adapt them, which one do you like the most?
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CREATE, ORGANIZE, SHARE & PRINT INDEX CARDS, FLASHCARDS AND NOTECARDS ON ALL YOUR DEVICES!
- Dec 24, 2021
- 10 min read
Best Online Recipe Organizer and Index Card Recipe Keeper Apps in 2023
Updated: Apr 27
In the past, cooking was a necessity. Today, it has become a hobby.
New platforms have emerged that cater to different aspects of cooking. From blogs to books and YouTube channels, you can find almost anything about food these days. One of the most interesting shifts has been in cookbooks and recipe books themselves. Now more than ever people are looking for something more than just recipes inside their cookbooks - in addition to pictures and stories they want tips and tricks from experts on the subject matter or shopping list capabilities. It's not just about cookie recipes :)
As a result, there are a few recipe organizer apps that you might want to consider, like Recipe Keeper, Paprika and NoteDex.
Why is it Important to Organize Recipes?
Organizing your own recipes might seem to be a simple task, but it is not as easy as it sounds. The recipe ingredients can be found in any part of a recipe book and one often needs to keep flipping from one page to another to find the information they need. To make things easier, there are many ways you can organize your recipes - both books and online recipe keeper apps.
If you are using a book, useful for storing handwritten recipes, you can create a recipe index sheet which is usually at the start of the book and lists all the recipes you have within that book. It has columns for each ingredient and one numbers each column sequentially so that you can look up what you need and where it is found easily. Another way of organizing your recipes is by type: breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts etc., according to what time of day or day of week they are best eaten on.
Are you tired of searching through piles of recipe printouts and cluttered folders on your computer to find that one dish you want to make? Consider using index cards as a simple and effective way to organize your recipes. Not only are index cards a versatile tool in the kitchen, but they also have a long history in the field of economics and have proven to be a valuable tool for organizing and recalling information. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using index cards for recipe management and offer tips for creating your own index card recipe system.
What are Index Cards?
Index cards, also known as note cards, are small rectangular pieces of paper typically used for note-taking and organization. They are often made of cardstock or lightweight paper and are typically 3x5 inches or 4x6 inches in size. Index cards are popular because they are portable, easy to write on, and can be easily sorted and arranged.
In the context of recipe management, index cards can be used to write out or print a recipe on one side and leave the other side blank for notes or modifications. Index cards also offer the flexibility to create custom templates or designs, such as using different colors or fonts for different categories of recipes.
Index cards are a simple yet powerful tool for organizing and storing your recipes in a physical format. They allow for quick and easy access to your recipes, as well as the ability to customize and personalize your recipe collection
How to Organize Your Recipes
Paper: One of the big problems in managing recipes is that paper recipes eventually get lost and are not easily shared - these days most people like to keep them in digital form. But while this may be convenient for most people, it can also still be difficult to organize and find what you're looking for after you add all your recipes to your virtual recipe box.
Emails: If it's just a matter of copying and pasting a recipe to an email, then that's easy. But emails are not organized. Let’s explore how dedicated recipe apps can help us with storing our favorite recipes electronically.
Many people today use digital recipe books to store their favorite recipes. In the past, we would have kept these paper-based recipes in a big cookbook or turned to several recipe cards that were stuffed into a drawer somewhere. Today's solution is far more convenient and secure! People can keep all of their recipes at hand on a tablet or even on their smartphone, ready to be cooked and shared with friends and family.
In this article we'll explore some dedicated recipe apps and one 'index card' style app called NoteDex.
Are there recipe keeper app to organize my recipes?
Yes! There are many online apps to track recipes - both mobile or desktop device in any app store. Add recipes and then organize recipes according to the classes and categories you desire. This is very helpful for meal planning and helps to save money when going shopping - having a shopping list ready so you don't stray down the wrong aisle!
Using Index Cards for Recipe Management
Using index cards for recipe management can be a practical and efficient way to organize your kitchen. Here are a few benefits of using index cards for your recipes:
Compact size: Index cards are small and easy to store, making them a great option for organizing your recipes in a limited space. You can keep them in a recipe box, binder, or even in a small container on your kitchen counter.
Customization: Index cards allow you to customize your recipe organization system to fit your needs. You can create different categories for your recipes, such as appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, and use different colored cards or fonts to differentiate between the categories.
Affordability: Index cards are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk at a low price. This makes them a cost-effective option for organizing your recipes.
Versatility: Index cards are not just for written recipes – you can also use them to clip or attach recipe printouts, photos, or other materials to the cards. This allows you to mix and match different types of recipes in your collection.
Index cards provide a simple and affordable solution for organizing your recipes in the kitchen. With a little creativity, you can create a customized recipe management system that works for you.
How do I keep track of my own recipes?
Other than your cookbook or recipes cut out from magazines, or stuffed into boxes, you can import recipes into these recipe keeper systems with their web page link, and even post on Pinterest or Instagram with a photo!
Can I organize my recipes on my computer other than a website app?
The best digital file systems are NoteDex, Google Drive and Evernote and they offer great choices. You can also paste recipes within folders, the categories are sorted by folder in each of these apps. You can also store PDF files or reference them in some of these apps.
Can I use these recipe keeper apps as a meal planner?
Absolutely! In fact meal planner capabilities feature heavily in all the apps. Just the fact you are using the app for meal planner capabilities will mean you are ahead of the curve in terms of saving money - having a shopping list when at a store really helps to save money. Meal Planner capabilities are particularly helpful both for families and even single people. By using a meal planner approach it means you think through your food choices and your nutrition choices consciously.
Printing Recipes onto Index Cards
If you prefer to have your recipes printed rather than hand-written, you can easily print your recipes onto index cards using a computer and a printer. Here are a few steps to follow:
You can open a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs but it is much better to use a dedicated Index Cards app like NoteDex. Using NoteDex you can even create and print double sided index cards .
Type out your recipe or copy and paste it into the document. Adjust the font and layout as desired. You can use templates also if you create frequently the same format.
Print the document onto your index cards.
Regardless of the method you choose, printing your recipes onto index cards allows you to quickly and easily access your recipes in a physical format. It also eliminates the need to manually write out each recipe, saving you time and effort in the long run.
9 Best Online Recipe Organizers to Replace Your Cookbooks
Cookmate previously called my Cookbooks has some similar functionality as ChefTap's book. Cookmate connects to your computer browser so it can transfer recipe information between web pages and app applications. You can even start your own grocery shopping list immediately from the ingredients listed. It doesn't need to be necessary to make an exhaustive shopping list. Cookmate provides downloadable recipes so you can plan the entire day of your meals. Free versions limit your recipe choices to 60 recipes. Download Cookmates for Android (free subscriptions available).
Although any list focuses mainly on grocery shopping aspects in cooking, it can also be used to organize a meal. The app displays the recipe as well as quantity of the ingredients in AnyList. They can easily be added to the shopping cart. When Anylist is aware of your location the app provides recommendations for food items. Alternatively, if someone else has gone shopping, share the list with them of the ingredient collection as a virtual shopping list.
Whisk provides users with a complete app that can find and save recipes, create a shopping list and create weekly menus. When opening the mobile app, the choices are likely overwhelming. You are allowed to browse the wonderful recipes from Whisk community members, or you might have to download the recipe yourself. If you simply install the Whisks Recipe Saving extension in your mobile or computer browser you can start saving recipes directly from your browser and creating your virtual shopping lists. The Whisk recipe scanner app can help you scan and upload a print recipe for your current Cookbooks and store all your family recipes.
Recipe Keeper is popular recipe organizing app. The app is available to download free from the Apple website on your smartphone or computer. Similar to most recipe apps on the list, the recipe can sync on any device. Recipe Keeper's interface is much more intuitive and visually appealing than the other items on this page. This is where your recipes are organized according to food genre, ideal for organizing your shopping lists. You can easily add a new recipe to a recipe list to store your family recipes and get rid of all those paper notes!
If you haven't tried other online recipe organizers, you should try this. The free version does not offer full menu planning or any additional features, but you can access the Recipe Library to add recipes to it. When one pastes an image recipe on BigOven and selects import, BigOven scrapes the text from the page - neat. You must then mark and specify the title, summary ingredient information, and instructions to make text importable to the BigOven recipe.
Tasty is a very good recipe keeper app. This is an easy and fast cooking guide that satisfies all the needs of the kitchen. All recipes are organized by steps and are easy to follow; however, Tasty also offers accompanying clips. Recipes are categorized according to various criteria – ingredients, time, difficulty, food - useful when utilizing as a meal planner. Lastly, when a recipe is found, hit the heart icon to save it, which is accessible by logging into My Recipe tab at the bottom.
Paprika Recipe Manager
Cooking is a lot of fun, but it can be hard to keep track of all the recipes you want to try.
This highly rated recipe keeper app helps you organize your favorite recipes and share them with friends. The app has a recipe search engine so you can find new dishes based on ingredients or cuisine type.
It makes cooking easy by allowing users to create their own cookbooks and add photos, instructions, and ratings for each dish they make. You can also import recipes from other websites or blogs into your cookbook using the "Paste From Web" feature in the app's browser extension. This way, when you're browsing online for new ideas for dinner tonight you have them right when you need them at the store and needing access to your shopping list.
OrganizeEat provides a recipe keeper organizer app for iPhone and iPad. You have a lot of options in the app. You can click on Add New Recipe at the bottom of the application to add. Tap on Recipes from Photos in a cookbook to capture a picture. You may crop the photos to match the recipe.
NoteDex is a recipe keeper organizer that allows you to add recipes in your smartphone in the form of Index Cards. You can use the card style notes to list out steps, ingredients and add photos of the recipes from the cookbooks. It's a nice simple app with the familiar index cards style that you can also use a digital stylus to add handwritten recipes and notes. The app also can be used on mobile so it's handy when you are in the store and listing out your ingredients. Easily copy and paste recipes, or create your shopping list.
Being a note app, you can add infinite number of cards and they can be nicely categorized into folders and also marked with category tags so it's easy to filter and find the recipe you are looking for.
NoteDex - Create and Organize Recipes with your Family!
You can also create a stack of recipe cards and share them with family - password protected - and anyone can view the virtual recipe box using any computer browser - an ideal way to keep family recipes in one place and get rid of your old paper recipes. You can also copy/paste to import recipes from different apps and sites.
What is the best free recipe keeper app?
This will be a highly subjective choice, but we can suggest some top Recipe Software Apps for iPhone and Android. Food Network Kitchens Free. Delicious All Recipes. Dinner Spinnings (Free). Cook Pads (Free). Side Chefs (Free). Weber i Grill (Free). Cookbook Stories (Free).
What is the best recipe organizer app for iPhone?
Again, this will be a subjective choice depending on what you need but we will make some comments on this. The best recipe app for iOS, Paprika, is not just another recipe management app. Paprika helps you plan and prepare your favorite recipe with meal planner capabilities. Paprika also makes a good Mac app that can be easily accessed via the Internet.
NoteDex is a simple and easy way to add and find recipes. Recipe Keeper is also very popular.
If you're looking for a new recipe app, the above list of apps should give you some good ideas about what is out there in the app store. You'll want to figure out which features are most important to your cooking needs and pick an app that has those features, for example if keeping handwritten recipes or being able to import recipes is important to you.
All the recipe apps will help you to eat healthier and save money as you get more organized keeping all your recipes in one place.
Some apps help you with meal planner capabilities, all will store all your favorite recipes. Some will allow you to create and store handwritten recipes (NoteDex is the only one in the list above), and others will help you create and store grocery lists. Many will allow you to clip recipe webpages, and most will allow to create a shared family recipe collection. Some apps will allow you to attach PDF files, useful if you have say a scanned document of that amazing chilli recipe from your grandmother!
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Going paperless to store your recipes means you no longer have to worry about remembering where you wrote them down. It means that now you can edit, share and organize them in a more comfortable and practical way.
You will no longer need to fill your gallery with screenshots of recipes or bother searching for paper and pencil every time you find an interesting recipe, for that, we have compiled the 5 best applications for you to store all your recipes in one place.
5 apps to write down your cooking recipes
These are the 5 best electronic recipe books that you can use to write down all your recipes and much more:
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This application has a database where you can find more than Three million different recipes to recreate. In addition to allowing you to add your own recipes, it has a function to plan menus, create shopping lists, share your creations, among other things. Additionally, It has chats and forums so that users are in contact while cooking in real time.
This is an electronic recipe book that allows you to build your own recipe base or recipes from the Internet. Among the interesting functions that this application has are: creating shopping lists based on the ingredients of the recipes, synchronization of recipes with various devices, calculation of the amounts of ingredients based on the number of diners, voice synthesis to read the recipes, among other things.
Whisk: Recipes & Meal Planner
This is an app that has the same function as any other cookbook. With this app you can write your own recipes or add the recipes you find on the Internet. You will be able to modify the size of the portions, substitute the ingredients, plan meals, convert recipes into shopping lists, among other things.
You can use this app to add your own creations or to recreate the recipes of others. This application has an integrated search engine that allows you to filter all the recipes you add by ingredients, dish names, labels, among other things.
Among some of the functions that this app offers you are: the calculation of ingredients, creation of shopping lists based on the ingredients of the recipes, meal planning, among other things. In addition, RecetteTek also has a section of random recommendations, in case you ever need some cooking inspiration.
Like the previous apps, Recipe Keeper allows you to Create your recipe book from recipes taken from the Internet or your own recipes. You can also use this app to organize your supermarket purchases.
You have the option of sharing your recipes through platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Pinterest, among others. In addition, it has an interesting function that allows you to scan your handwritten or magazine recipes.
Choose the app that most appeals to you and start storing all your recipes! Y In case you are interested, I leave you this article where you will find the 5 best supports to put your tablet in the kitchen.
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