I’m sure you’re well aware that the internet is a treasure trove of food blogs full of delicious recipes! Do you have a system for organizing all those great recipes you find online? I’ve tried several different apps while looking for the perfect system, and I finally settled on Evernote Food!
If you’re not already an Evernote user, you totally should be. That’s a post for another day, but let’s just say that Evernote is my brain. I dump every single piece of information I need for later inside Evernote. And Evernote Food is a genius app that works with Evernote to save your recipes in a simple, searchable, digital format all with the convenience of a simple web clipper.
No longer do I have stacks of recipes I’ve printed out, some bookmarked online, saved in an email folder, pinned on Pinterest, and others in well-worn cookbooks.
Evernote Food solves so many of my problems:
- I can access all my recipes from my phone or computer.
- Recipes only take seconds to import and sync automatically.
- It’s easy to find what I need and I’m no longer searching endlessly trying to remember where I found a specific recipe.
- I have all the recipes and ingredients right at my fingertips when I’m shopping and preparing meals.
Here’s how it works!
1) First, you’ll need a free Evernote account. There’s a free upgrade, but you totally don’t need it. For more information about Evernote itself, please visit this link and watch the getting started videos.
2) Next, open Evernote in a web browser, or download the desktop version and create a “recipes” notebook.
3) As you save recipes, you can create as many Tags as you want to sort your recipes. Tags are searchable, so use whatever system makes sense to you. You can use as many tags as you want for each recipe. This is what makes it so easy to find what you’re searching for. I usually categorize by dish type (main dish, dessert, appetizer, etc.) I also add tags for things like healthy, freezer friendly, Crockpot, etc. Often I’ll even tag whatever the main ingredient is such as chicken, fish, pork, quinoa, chocolate, etc.
4) Next, install the Evernote Web Clipper. This is where the magic happens and what makes saving your recipes so easy!
Start using the Web Clipper anytime you run across a recipe you want to save on the web. It will automatically put in the title, suggested notebook, and suggested tags. At first you’ll probably need to select the notebook and tags, but it learns as you go, and is usually correct. Make sure the correct notebook is selected and add any tags you’d like to add. Then click SAVE and you’re done.
5) Finally, download the Evernote Food App. Open the app and log in with your Evernote account. All of the recipes you’ve clipped to your regular Evernote account will automatically sync to Evernote Food. The app also has other great features. You can save pictures of your favorite meals, add information about your favorite restaurants, and explore a ton of awesome food blogs online.
The My Cookbook section is where all of the recipes you’ve clipped from the web will be stored. You can even save recipes you find in magazines or other formats by taking a picture and saving them in your Recipes Notebook within Evernote. They will then sync to the Evernote Food app. All recipes in your cookbook can be searched. Simply type in a tag or ingredient and the app will show you all the recipes that fit.
The only thing that Evernote Food doesn’t have is meal planning capabilities. I prefer to meal plan on paper anyway, so it’s not a huge drawback for me. If you’d like a copy of my food planning sheets, please leave your email in the box below.
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