How to scan, upload, and share recipes online.

A person uses their phone to upload, share, and access a recipe online

Move from the recipe box to the recipe folder with these easy online PDF tips.

With so many recipe sources, from blog pages and recipe apps to family recipes and cookbooks, it can feel near impossible to wrap your arms around your favorites. However, with a little bit of strategy, you can get all your best picks in one place for simpler meal prep and easy sharing. Learn how to digitize your recipe archives to save and share recipes online.

Why share recipes online?

Sharing recipes online offers several perks that can enhance the cooking and sharing experience. Here’s a bulleted list highlighting some of the main advantages:

Step 1: Scan recipes to your desktop.

The trick is to stay organized. Follow these steps to collate, digitize, and share your recipes.

  1. Find your recipes. Gather all of your favorites, from all of your sources — websites, apps, books, handwritten notes, you name it.
  2. File and organize. Which are hardcopy recipes? Which are online? Organize accordingly; you’ll want to scan the hard copies to a PDF, while the online recipes will only need to be converted to a PDF. More on that next.
  3. Scan, PDF, and upload. Scan your hardcopy recipes. (If you don’t have a scanner, most shipping and office supply stores do.) This will create a digital PDF that you can save to your desktop.

Step 2: Upload and share your recipes online.

  1. Save as PDFs. Take your online sources and save each webpage as a PDF. You should be left with a desktop folder full of recipe PDFs.
  2. Share and enjoy. Organize your PDF recipes however you see fit, and then share them with your friends through email or social media. You can even bring your recipes with you digitally on your mobile phone using the Adobe Reader app.

Share recipes online with PDFs, privately.

Sharing recipes online privately using PDFs offers a secure and versatile way to exchange culinary delights with specific individuals or groups. Here’s how you can do it:

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