How to save and store your recipes online.
Curate a fun and versatile recipe list to keep your cooking game exciting.
It’s time to cook dinner. You’re craving your grandma’s lasagna. You know she wrote it down for you somewhere. You dig through your cupboard and pore over your cookbooks but can’t find the recipe anywhere. Sound familiar? With so many recipes, and so many places to find them (from cookbooks to blogs to family recipes and everywhere in between), keeping all of your favorites organized can feel like a huge challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to save and store your top recipes all in one place, all online.
How to digitize your recipes.
Like any major project, getting started can feel like the hardest part. Kick your recipe digitization into gear with these tips:
- Make a list and check it twice. Write down all your favorites. For every favorite food, find a corresponding recipe. For every favorite recipe, categorize what type of food it is. Make sure all of your meals and recipes are attributed to a source. This will make the next steps easier.
- Gather your sources. Now that you’ve got your list of favorite foods and recipes, and you know where to find them, it’s time to collect your sources: blog websites, cookbook pages, the recipe on the macaroni box, the handwritten casserole recipe your neighbor gave you.
- Sort your recipes. Which recipes are online? Which aren’t? Scan in any hardcopy recipes so that you have a digital PDF copy (and make sure that you merge any multiple-page recipes). And save any web pages as a PDF copy too. The result? PDFs of all of your favorites.
- Save, organize, and enjoy. Create a folder on your desktop and organize your PDFs however you’d like. You could sort them by meal, type of cuisine, seasonality — the possibilities are endless.