Organizing Recipes Hall Of Fame: Electronic Recipe Organizer Edition

Along with the traditional paper ways to organize recipes, electronic recipe organizer software and apps are now becoming all the rage.


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It is easier to do this now than ever, since you can easily take your laptop or IPad into your kitchen with you (like the picture above) to use while you cook, so you can follow the recipe without ever having to print it out.

This hall of fame post shares some tips from readers on how they use various software programs, both free and paid, to organize their recipes.

If these ideas inspire you I'd encourage you to read the Organize Recipes Challenge, take the steps for yourself, and share your results with me here. I'd love to add you to the hall of fame!

Plus, if you've use a program for organizing recipes on the computer I'd love to hear what you thought about it, good or bad, to help everyone else know what some good programs are out there for this task.

So, without further ado, scroll down to see the tips and hints that have already been shared.

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BigOven App Review

by Julie

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Recipes Menu planner Grocery list Leftovers

Julie says:

I use Big Oven. I can access it on the web, laptop or smartphone. You can enter recipe. It will calculate amounts for different portions. I have used this feature to scale up some soup recipes for our church's soup dinners.

It will also create shopping lists.

It has thousands recipes online.

My favorite feature is when I'm stumped on what's for dinner, I enter in only 3 ingredients and it gives me lots of suggestions.

Taylor says

This app is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK, and Windows Phone.

It is a free app, but there is a paid upgrade to the pro version.

Photos courtesy of BigOven, showing the iPhone app screenshots

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How To Organize Recipes With The Cozi Family Organizer

by Stacey V.
(Woodinville, Wa)

Stacey shared her tips for organizing recipes on the computer.

Stacey says:

For me this week's challenge was partly simple because I have been collecting and adding recipes to allrecipes.com for quite awhile. That was working really pretty well for me in keeping the recipes organized.

For the recipes we used a lot, I would print them out in 4x6 card size and kept them tidy in a little box.

Fast forward to this challenge. I recently got a new laptop and on that laptop there was an app downloaded called the Cozi Family Organizer. I already was familiar with the app a little bit because I had it on my phone.

So, in checking it out further on my computer, a few weeks ago, I found an area for meal planning... brilliant, I thought so I began planning meals.

Along with the meal planning there is a "recipe box" where I can compile recipes and then simply drag the recipe over to the appropriate day I plan to make that recipe.

So, I began adding all those recipes I have stored on allrecipes.com by copy and pasting all the info from the recipe on the site to my Cozi recipe box. It is really easy!

There is also a part to link a recipe from the internet right onto the Cozi recipe page... if that makes sense. For all my hand written recipes, I just simply added them into Cozi.

I'm loving it!! No longer do I need a book (however I may print them all out to keep in a folder anyway).

From the meal planning part you can also easily add those items to a shopping list and if you have the app on your phone it makes it brilliantly easy and very organized for shopping.

I have my meals planned out three weeks in advance right now and know exactly what I need at the store... Love that part!! I'd love to add a photo but I have nothing to take a photo of :)

***Update: After discussion on Facebook about some of the pitfalls of organizing recipes on the computer (see below for some more thoughts on this) - Stacey asked me to add this point about Cozi. She says:
One thing to add about the Cozi family planner, since it is also stored on a website you can have it on many devices or computers. If your computer crashes or something, no worries it is still stored on the website :)

Taylor says:

Thanks so much Stacey for sharing this great review for the Cozi electronic recipe organizer. It also sounds like a great way to plan your family's weekly meals!

Other people have also gushed about Cozi to me, for example when discussing family calendars, so this is definitely a FREE program everyone should at least check out.

The Cozi app is available for both Apple and Android products.

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ChefTap Recipe Organizer App Review

by Donna
(PA)

Donna says:

Cheftap Recipe Organizer App is a recipe saving app. I love it because anywhere online that you see a recipe that you like you just click the 'share' option, and then choose 'cheftap', and it downloads it into the app.

You can then revise it, if you'd like, assign a category to it, etc.

Too many nice features to mention on here. But I have downloaded various recipe saving apps, and this one, by far, is the best one out there. It does everything I need it to do.

Taylor says:

This app is free, but there is a pro upgrade. It is available for both Apple and Android products.

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I Keep My Recipes In A Word Document Becomes Technologies Can Become Obsolete

by Lisa

Lisa shared this idea with me on the site's Facebook wall, and graciously allowed me to use it here in the hall of fame too.

I think Lisa brings up a great point you've got to consider with all electronic recipe organizer programs -- becoming obsolete.

Lisa says:

I had some great recipe programs but they eventually wouldn't work with new operating systems. Now I just type them into Word. I printed out the kids their own book of family recipes when they turned 18.

Taylor says:

I'm glad you brought this up Lisa, because it is an important consideration.

I like choosing programs where you can migrate your information from one version to the next, but that still takes time and there is inevitably one version that is too old for it to be converted. That is a major flaw with organizing in this way.

However, many people think the advantages of being able to keep all your recipes together and organized, without paper, is worth it. It is just something you've got to decide if you're willing to deal with!

***Update: Another reader, Chris, wrote in to say this about using a Word document though. She said, "I had a lot of my recipes typed in a word document. One day the computer crashed and I lost them all!"

That's a good point as well Chris, but that is why we also need to back up our computers. I sound, I know, when I say that, like I have it all together but I actually learned this the hard way myself. Back ups are important everyone! Otherwise you sit there and cry when you lose everything, not just your recipes. Ask me how I know! ***End Update

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I Use MasterCook Recipe Software To Organize My Recipes

by Sarah C.

Hi! First, thank you so much for this Challenge! If nothing else, I now have an organized kitchen - always the most difficult area for me!

I use MasterCook to organize my recipes. It has everything you've recommended, and you can import recipes directly from the web or with copy and paste.

The author and source of each recipe can be recorded as well.

You can print out a recipe to take to the kitchen if you don't want to take the computer, and you can print out the recipes to save in a paper binder.

I think the recipes can be printed on recipe cards as well.

Well, I'm off to go admire my wonderful kitchen before I start the next challenge. You are my hero!

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How I Use Sous Chef For Mac To Organize Recipes

by Angela @ Confessions of a Craft Addict

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Angela from Confessions of a Craft Addict shared on her blog how she organizes recipes on the computer.

She uses a program called Sous Cheficon, which is for Macs and iPads only.

She says in her blog post:

I am currently going through my stack of cookbooks in the basement, marking which recipes I may actually make someday, and entering them in Sous Chef. It's not a fast process, since going through each book takes a while, but when I'm done, I can just get rid of the cookbooks. They just take up space anyway!

Even More Reviews & Opinions About Recipe Apps:

This is a huge topic, and there are so many available programs this page was getting too long, especially with so many people writing in to share their reviews of the same app over and over again.

So, there are even more helpful resources on the site dealing with this topic than just what you see here. Here's the links to more of these pages to give you even more ideas of apps and web-based programs you can use for organizing your recipes, plus making grocery lists and meal planning.

They include:

Are You Inspired To Use An Electronic Recipe Organizer Now?

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I hope the hall of fame submissions above have given you some ideas for organizing recipes on the computer or digitally using your phone.

If you want to get your home and life organized this year I'd encourage you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, where we tackle every room and major item in the house over the course of the a year to declutter and get everything in order.

Plus, if you love apps, make sure to check out even more great organizing apps in the HSS101 App Store.

Finally, if you've tried another app or program for your recipes I'd love to hear about it. You can share your review here.

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yum print
by: Cynthia

I use yum print and love it.

Recipe organization
by: Edel

I originally had most of my recipes in Word documents that I linked into another document to create a recipe book for printing. I've been using Out of Milk for my pantry inventory and grocery list.

I've recently started using Cozi, which so far I like, although I'm still in the populate-the-program stage. I've only experimented with adding recipes to the grocery list, but I'm not thrilled with the fact that the same item, e.g. onions, are not grouped together to give the total you need to buy, rather than having to scroll down through lists of ingredients.

I'm planning on sticking to both systems for the moment for several reasons: 1) program obsolescence; 2) I live with a pair of seriously smart-phone-phobic people, so it's daunting pulling it out and getting the eye rolls and sighs of disgust; and 3) I'm from the generation that grew up with paper and graduated to computers as an adult, and I find I tend to prefer writing things down.

My digital recipe file and planner
by: Anonymous

Plan to Eat is great!

Bento app
by: Rethia Syahril

For my recipes I used application called Bento. It's an application with database form so you can create whatever form you like. Although the application also provide recipe form. Since I used Macbook Pro, iPad mini and iPhone, the application can be synchronize to all. I usually put the recipes that I've tried and like. This application isn't free one, so we have to bought it even though it's worth it.

use my spring pad
by: Katy

I have tried a few, wasn't totally happy. Now I just use my spring pad and LOVE it.

HotPot app
by: Ali

I have an app called HotPot that lets you enter a recipe, tell it how many portions the original recipe makes and then it will adjust the quantities for you if you need a greater or smaller quantity.

Save and organize recipes with screenshots
by: Anonymous

I am new to collecting recipes, however, since I just got an ipad I found taking screen shots of the recipe I would like to try is easy. Then I file them in a photo folder and organize them by name, i.e. Pasta dishes, Rice dishes. You get the idea! When it comes to securing the information in my ipad I sync with icloud. It's free and I have my recipes available in my ipad when cooking.

snapshot recipes to an app?
by: Becky

I snapshot a lot of recipes from Facebook. Is there an app where you can copy these from my iPhone pictures to an app?

Check out Chef Tap (Android and Desktop)
by: Jeannie

I use Chef Tap recipe app. They have a free version and a prime one for unlimited sync. I sync it between my tablet, phone, kindle and desktop. I love having it, since I have so many different places with recipes.

I love Copy Me That
by: Sarah S

I use Copy Me That to organize my recipes. I love how it automatically saves recipes from any website and formats them for me.

I also use the meal planner and shopping list.

Copy Me That
by: Linda North

I use Copy Me That (copymethat.com). It comes with a Chrome Browser extension. When you find an on-line recipe you want, you just click on the extension and it copies the recipe for you! No cut and paste necessary. It also has apple and android apps, so you you can see your recipes on your phone or tablet easily in the kitchen. It offers meal planning and shopping list, but I don't use them. And Oh, BTW it's FREE!

One Note
by: Marjorie Hildebrandt

Lately I have been using Microsoft One Note to made a digital binder of recipes I find online. I copy and paste them into one of the tabs that I have created: appetizers, entrees, vegetables, desserts, beverages, breakfasts, crockpot, salads, etc. The nice part is I can share it with my daughter/daughters-in-law with the click of the mouse. As I try the recipes I easily delete the ones I don't like and star the ones that were hits!

what app can I use to add my own recipes?
by: Anonymous

I need help in finding an app that allows me to add MY OWN recipes, I don't want to grab random recipes off the internet.

any apps that will print recipes onto 3x5 cards?
by: Deb

Because of rapidly changing technology I am one of those people who fears committing too much to one recipe manager. My fantasy would be, for those recipes I deem essential, to be able to print it out directly onto a recipe card. Does anyone know of a method for doing that?

Is there anything that works with a computer, NOT an app?
by: Drusiila

I want to save organize and declutter my cookbooks but I do not have a hand held app thing, I only have a computer. I keep clicking on your links and none of them are for a computer. Does this mean I have to hand write everything?

use Dropbox for recipes on your computer
by: Julie

I put documents I don't want to lose in Dropbox. Works great.

Big Oven is fantastic
by: The10ECFan

Big Oven is a fantastic recipe manager/grocery list app. Incorporates all your own recipes plus offers over 250,000 recipes.

Google documents
by: William

I've been storing recipes electronically since 1986, primarily using Word (or other word processing applications).

The main advantage is that I can keep track of modifications I make over the years (good and bad) while keeping the original. I've started migrating individual recipes to Google documents for easier sharing (easy to email a link).

Used font of my own handwriting with Photoshop Elements and made recipe cards
by: Linda

Thanks for the great review. A couple of years ago I took on the task of redoing my recipe box. I do a lot of digital scrapbooking so I have a font in my own handwriting. Using Photoshop Elements I copied all of my recipes onto recipe cards. I then printed them out and laminated them. I now have them in 2 coordinated recipe boxes that match my cards.

backing up Word document
by: Sue

I used to save a lot of internet recipes, and would put them in a Word document, but when it got too much would transfer it to a little travel drive stick or a disc and that way they will not disappear. It is time consuming but a good way to save them for later reference.

Love Master Cook
by: Jo K

Love this program, I've used it for many years.

The feature for changing how many servings is great. If your recipe is for 4 people and you have 6 more to feed you put in 10 and it changes the amounts of ingredients. Wonderful!

type them and back up with Carbonite
by: Carols

I take my favorite recipes, type them, and leave them in a folder on my computer marked "Recipes." I've taken them and put them in one of those expandable file folders and labeled each section, appetizers, breakfast, bread, casseroles, desserts, meat, etc. I can take that one folder with me wherever I go and have all my recipes with me. I have Carbonite so I can just take my tablet.

Cozi app
by: Jennifer

I also use Cozi for my recipes. I like that I can have the recipe and shopping list all in the same place. I have my meal plan in my calendar for a six week rotating cycle so I just look at the calendar to see what is on the menu for that week, then look up the recipe and add the ingredients I need to my shopping list. It is also great because my husband has Cozi on his phone as well so he can look at his phone and see what I need at the grocery store and then stop by on his way home from work.

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