I want less paper to deal with in my life and I have a scanner. So where should I start?
I decided to start with my collection of recipes.
So where do I store the recipes electronically? Whatever I store them on has to be able to be taken into the kitchen to use while cooking.
I decided to use my iPad. (A laptop or a smartphone would work too)
What program should I use to capture my recipes? It needed to be easily accessible and easy to use.
Here’s what I did:
- Created a Notebook in Evernote called “Recipes”
- I started by transferring my recipe box and loose paper recipes using my scanner.
Read this post if you want to know what kind of scanner I use.
Here’s an example of a scanned recipe card:
I went to my mother-in-laws during Christmas and wanted her yummy cookie recipe, so I took a picture of it.
Here’s what it looks like:
Then I was out at the store and forgot to add ingredients to my shopping list so I looked the recipe on the internet using my smartphone. Then saved it to Evernote on my phone. (Evernote syncs with ALL your gadgets)
Here’s the recipe that was found on the internet:
I also just opened up Evernote and typed in a recipe that was very hard to read when scanned.
Here’s the recipe I typed and saved:
Evernote also allows you to use “Tags”; think of them as keywords. So I added tags to every recipe. That way when I want to make something with the ingredients I have on hand, I just type in the ingredient and all recipes with that ingredient comes up.
Aside from using the Tags feature, Evernote also has a search function, references the URL from things captured on the internet and allows me to make notes directly to my recipes, regardless of how they were entered in. I can notate for example, that I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh and did not use salt. If someone asks me for a recipe, that’s simple too. I just click on “Share” and I can send it via email, facebook, twitter or using a link! Awesome!
I have over 150 recipes in my Evernote cookbook. I still need to cull through the other cookbooks I have (I only use them for 3-4 recipes) and get those into my Evernote. Then I will pass those cookbooks onto my apartment dwelling, bachelor sons or donate them!
Are you going online and finding recipes, then printing them out to make? If so, you may want to check out Evernote and say goodbye to the paper and save your printer ink!