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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Paprika - A Great Recipe App
I love to collect recipes. I get them from friends, clip them from magazines, and look for them online. The collection is getting big and I needed a way to organize it. I wanted it to be digital so I could have it with me all of the time and so it would be searchable. I needed it to be easy to populate because typing in every single thing was going to be prohibitive.
Paprika is an app that works on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer. You can use its browser to search for recipes. If it's been published in a magazine, you're likely to find and download it. I've even found some old recipes from Kenny's grandmother online. If you can't find the recipe you can enter it yourself.
The categories are completely customizable so you can organize your collection any way you want it to.
The app uses the cloud to automatically sync between devices.
You can search by category, name, or ingredient. I love this! I can search by what I have in my fridge or pantry and get recipes using those ingredients.
It is really convenient for me to have my recipes with me. I'll often cook when I visit friends and family. And, we move all of the time and sometimes I'm ready to cook before our household goods arrive.
You can plan menus. So, for Christmas I had all of my recipes grouped together and was able to email them directly from the app to my parents to do the grocery shopping. The app will make a shopping list for you, but I use another app for that that incorporates non-food items as well.
You can add your own notes and photos. It's really easy to take a photo with my iPhone or iPad and then upload it into the app. I like to add notes to all of my recipes. I'll write the first day I tried it and then subsequent dates if I made it for company or an event. There are all kinds of memories attached to my recipes. It's fun to go back and see what I was making in the weeks before Sophia was born, or what I made for good friends who no longer live close by.