By JAMIE TUCKER Consumer Tech Reporter
Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring many people into the kitchen to create meals that have become family traditions. Many people will use cookbooks for recipes and they might also refer to a handwritten recipe that has been passed down to grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
There is an easier way to reference these recipes directly from a smartphone or tablet.
My favorite way to save recipes is “Evernote”. Known for its powerful word processing and organizational capabilities, it also works great for recipes. Evernote has a companion app called “Scannable” that makes it easy to save anything on paper.
Using your smartphone camera, Scannable scans, rather than photographing, anything in the camera view. By scanning the recipes, you can search by keyword.
Here’s how to use it:
Once you’ve captured the scan, add tags that make it easier to find a particular recipe. For example, I have an Evernote notebook for recipes, and within that notebook are subfolders for dinner, desserts, holidays, family recipes, and favorites.
Recipes can be viewed when shopping at the supermarket. I have a white chili recipe that has been passed down for years. When I’m at the grocery store, I can just search the Evernote app for ‘chilli’ or ‘beans’ and it shows this recipe just based on whether the ‘chilli’ or ‘beans’ are in the ingredients .
It’s also great if you have a family recipe handed down on a piece of paper. Evernote saves the recipe as it appears on paper.
Add an Evernote clipper to your web browser and you can save any recipe you find on Pinterest or other websites with just the click of a mouse.
Another option is the Recipe Keeper app which lets you search for recipes on Pinterest and elsewhere. When you find one you want to save, the steps, photos, and ingredients are saved to the app.
You can also take a photo of any recipe or piece of paper. For cooks who hate math, you can change the number of people you need to serve and Recipe Keeper automatically adjusts the recipe and ingredients needed.
Recipe Keeper works on iPhones and Android devices, as well as PC and Mac computers.
Why bother? It protects those recipes from being lost forever and if you plan to pass down favorite and family recipes to the next generation of cooks, they’ll have them on their phone forever.