Finding recipes in the technological world we live in is a breeze. From Pinterest to online and offline magazines to YouTube, there’s a ton of places with killer recipes. However, the trick is in keeping them organized so you can get access to one when you need it. How do you ensure that your favorite recipes are not only neat and tidy but also accessible? Well, there are several ways to do this. Our favorite one is using apps to store them. No doubt this is beneficial than you’ll ever know. In this guide, we delve deep into our favorite apps that will revolutionize your organization and cooking game.
List of leading apps for recipes
Apps make life easy and convenient for us. No matter your location, you can access your digital cookbooks ( as long as you have an internet connection of course) and whip up a meal. Meal prep is easier than ever before with electronically-stored recipes. Here, we have a detailed list of apps you can use to keep your recipes organized electronically.
If you are looking for an app that will pretty much keep your life together in the kitchen, look no further than Evernote. Available on iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, and Microsoft OS, this app works on virtually all electronic gadgets. You can use it to write to-do lists, organize recipes, manage guest lists, take notes, store important documents, the list goes on. We absolutely love the fact that you can make notes in plenty of formats – webpage excerpts, formatted text, voice memos, and photographs. Plus, you have the option of a free or paid plan.
To use it to store your recipes, download and install the desktop, mobile, or web clipper app depending on your device. Once installed, open the program and create a new notebook and add tag ideas for your recipes according to your needs. You can create a tag for breakfast recipes, dinners, paleo-friendly recipes, desserts, you name it. With Evernote, you can add your recipes by manually inputting text, taking a picture, or capturing recipes from online sources. You’ll likely use the last two often than using text. When you want to find a stored recipe, use the app’s search function and it will pop up in a matter of seconds.
The second app that will answer the question of how to organize recipes electronically is the Paprika recipe manager. Costing only $4.99, it is an excellent tool for keeping a mess of recipes and ultimately becoming an organized cook. Like Evernote, Paprika allows you to enter recipes manually or import them from the internet. Because it is specifically made to store recipes and nothing else, this app can pull a ton of information from blogs and websites. With one push of a button, you will have everything you need to get cooking and fast.
To store the recipe, all you have to do is copy its link location, load it on the app, and save it! That’s it! The beauty with Paprika is that you can sync it between multiple devices as long as it is installed. Unfortunately, you have to buy the app separately for each device. If you don’t have the luxury of doing this, just use one device for all your recipes.
To use the app, follow the same procedure outlined for Evernote to download and install it in your device. When you open the app (it’s a red spice container), you will be directed to the “all recipes” list. You can create subsections to stay more organized or dump all your recipes there. Paprika’s search function is highly efficient. Even without placing your recipes in categories, it will generate your preferred recipes quite fast. Paprika is available on iPhone and Android.
Pepperplate is a recipe manager, planner, and virtual cookbook all in one app. This one takes things a notch higher. Like the first two, Pepperplate lets you create your own menus and save others from the Internet. It comes with all the tools you need to manage your recipes, cook like an expert, create menus, and shop easily. Import as many recipes as you can from varied sites and include those from friends and magazines.
Besides storing recipes, Pepperplate can help you host a party like a pro. The app can combine different recipes and create menus for parties or meal plans. When going grocery shopping, add the items on the shopping list right there on the app and sync them on your iPhone, iPad, Pepperplate.com, Android, or iPhone. You can make the list similar to how you shop in the grocery store for the best results. The app also has a timer to help you stay on track when cooking. It is a powerhouse, to say the least.
When you open the BigOven database, you’ll be met with over 350,000 recipes. Yes, you read that right! Whether you want to know different ways of making something or are simply looking for a few dinner ideas, the app will not disappoint. When you download the app, all the recipes will be plugged right into your mobile or desktop software.
As for recipe organization, the app abounds with features that will blow your mind. You can take pictures of typed or handwritten recipes and have them recreated on the app instantly. Besides the web, Big Oven can also pull recipes from other sources such as cookbook database formats. That’s not all, you can use the app to perform nutritional calculations and plan your meals. If you need to save time when headed to the grocery store, the drag-and-drop list generator feature will make your dreams a reality.
Big Oven is also great if you like to go social with your cooking. You can follow your favorite cooks or friends and family on the app. This will give you even more ideas on what to cook. The app has both free and premium subscriptions.
Here’s another fantastic app that will bring convenience and order to your life in the kitchen. This one is familiar with many people especially because of the Allrecipes website. The app contains over 50,000 recipes which means you will always find something fun and exciting to cook.
Their recipes come from a community totaling more than 50 million people. All of them contain videos, pictures, and reviews so you can get as much value as possible. Apart from being deeply social, Allrecipes recommends cheap recipes for you as well as ingredients on sale in stores near you. In addition, the app will give you recipe suggestions when you enter into selected stores. This can be helpful when you want to make something fancy but have no idea what yet.
After installing the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app, search for your favorite recipes and organize them in folders. The app also comes with a ton of features including the ability to save your recipes and create shopping lists. You can filter your search results by cooking time, diet, and foods that are least favorite to you. The app is compatible with both Android and IOS and is absolutely free to use.
Have a problem organizing your recipes electronically? Now you have five options to choose from. There are plenty more apps out there but these are my absolute favorites. Give these a try and experience the height of organization, convenience, and adventurous cooking!