(Updated 10 January 2016)
These are the applications I have on my Nook®, smartphone, iPad and laptop that help me keep track of my recipes. They also include a couple I find to be helpful in general cooking and baking.
Pepperplate bills itself as “Finally, some help in the kitchen.” It is all that and more. Rather than simply tell you what it is, I suggest you follow the link and check it out for yourself. The app makes my life so much easier.
Pinterest [“Save all the stuff you love (recipes! articles! travel ideas!) right here on Pinterest]” is a great place to find recipes for all kinds of food. I have a few boards there with bread recipes (my Pinterest boards).
My Cookbook lets you create your own digital cookbook. This is the only recipe app that allows you to build your own recipe database. You build this database gathering recipes on the web and using the import features. There is also a version for your desktop/laptop as well.
Recipe Calculator Simple to use recipe portion calculator. Recipe’s for 4 and need to feed 6? Recipe Calculator will tell you the answer. Converts fractions to fractions. Includes metric and Imperial conversions!
Evernote and Evernote Food are two apps that go hand-in-glove with one another. As you can probably tell from their names, they’re both made by the same company. Evernote is arguably the best application available for keeping track of your information. While I don’t have room to discuss it here, I’ll post a separate entry on it. Evernote Food helps you find, create, and store recipes from around the Web. More on that later as well.
January 10, 2016 Update
Evernote recently announced they are discontinuing Evernote Food.
NY Times Cooking
I also recently discovered the New York Times collection. It’s another free service, and what I like about it is that in addition to allowing you to store their recipes in your on on-line Recipe Box, if you like, it will also copy them to Evernote.
OneNote (20 August 2015)
Although my copy of MS Office 2010 came with OneNote, I never used it until this month. After all, I had Evernote, so what else did I need, right?
Then came Windows 10. I’m not even going to get into how much
it sucks I dislike it (that’s for another post of its own), but I will say that one of the best things about it is that it comes with OneNote 2013.
The other best thing is that OneNote is now free.
Like Evernote, OneNote allows for the creation of multiple notebooks. And like Evernote, your data is stored in the cloud, so that you can access it anywhere you have an internet connection. Also like Evernote, you can also have notebooks stored right on your device–the diference being that you can only access them from that device.
One of the notebooks I’ve created is called Food & Nutrition. Inside the notebook, I have several sections, which is where the first notable difference between OneNote and Evernote comes in: Evernote allows notes within notebooks, and you can’t nest notebooks inside a notebook. OneNote, on the other hand, allows different sections within notebooks, which in effect is nesting notebooks within a notebook.
Think of OneNote as your old binder from high school or college. You could open the 3 rings and add tabbed dividers to separate your different subjects, right? Well, that’s exactly the model for OneNote’s notebooks, sections, and pages. And as you can see from my notebook, I have sections for Shopping, Recipes, and Techniques.
In my Shopping section, I have a page for each of the stores I shop in regulary. Each of those pages has a check list for what I usually buy at that particular store.
As you can see, there’s also a tab (section) for recipes, which should be self-explanatory. What isn’t obvious, however, is how I actually put recipes into that section.
Enter OneNote Clipper
OneNote Clipper is a nifty free Microsft utility that is an add-on for your Chrome browser. And unfortunately, it’s not for Firefox. There is a way to clip directly to Firefox, and I’ve actually added the bookmarklet, but now I don’t remember how, when, or where I found it. So sue me. neh?
Anyway, follow the link above to read all about the Clipper. After all, it’s all there, and I’m lazy, so why should I retype all of that information, especially since it’s got lovely graphics, too!
OneNote is indeed a very useful tool. And while it still won’t completely replace Evernote (at least for me), I find myself using it more often than before, and more often than I use my beloved Evernote.