Digital Recipe Storage

As someone who loves to cook, finding a good way to store my recipes has been an ongoing challenge. There are so many options out there, I refuse to pay for a service just to organize my recipes. Yes, I’m sure some of the paid programs and apps are great, and can do more than the free services. But it’s just not something I can fork out my heard-earned money for.

Anyways, there are a bunch of different ways to store your recipes in a digital format. I have tried a few throughout the years, and have settled on one for now. Each time I have changed, has meant retyping all of my recipes. Though it also gave me a chance to go through the recipes and update any that I have changed as I’ve cooked, and removed any that we don’t make anymore.

Pepperplate

Pepperplate.com is the service that I am currently using for my recipes. I found it a couple months ago when I was looking for a new way to store my recipes. Overall, it does most of what I need for recipe storage. I tried a few different websites and methods, and this won out because it had more pros than cons.

PROS:

  • Clean Interface
  • Alphabetical List
  • Categories
  • Scaling
  • Shopping List
  • Printer Friendly
  • Sharing
  • Meal Planner
  • App for phone and ipad
  • Easy import
CONS:

  • Search doesn’t always work
  • Can’t share all recipes with someone

Spoonacular

The other free website for recipe storage that I tried is spoonacular.com. This one almost won out, but in the end it had too much going on. Some of the features were interesting, and could be helpful, but it was more than I needed. I like a simple interface, and this one was too cluttered for my liking.

PROS:

  • Suggestions to use up ingredients
  • Price breakdown
  • Nutrients breakdown
  • Pictures of ingredients and supplies if turned on
CONS:

  • Changes ingredients to decimal (ex. 1/4 to 0.25), though most measuring utensils use fractions
  • Cluttered interface
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Pinterest

I know a lot of people who say they have their recipes on pinterest. Personally, I find that this is a great place for finding new recipes, but it’s not a great storage option long-term.

PROS:

  • Very visual
  • Organize on boards
CONS:

  • Can become overwhelming
  • Recipes are only links, if the host removes the recipe you have lost it

Google Docs

Another possibility for recipe organization is to use Google Docs or something similar. You have to type the recipes in all as different documents, which then becomes a little cluttered.

PROS:

  • Cloud storage
  • Easy to share
  • Accessible from different devices
CONS:

  • So many files
  • Hard to organize

Word Documents

Using Word documents would be very similar to using Google Docs. Word just isn’t backed up on a cloud like Google Docs.

PROS:

  • Completely in control of your files
  • Can create files in layout you want
CONS:

  • No backup
  • Hard to organize
  • Many different files
  • No apps to use from other devices

Evernote

Until about a month ago, Evernote was easily my go-to for my recipe storage. I loved the interface and how easy it was to share the recipes, but they started charging after uploading so much. All I did one month was update the photos with some of my recipes, and I got a warning that I hit my limit and needed to pay to upgrade. That’s when I started looking for another option.

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