I have long wanted a recipe program so I can get rid of this:
Yes, that is a ziploc bag full of recipes. I have never claimed to be super organized.
Let’s be honest here. I will never put all of my loose recipes into a computer program. My first job ever was data entry. This was the mid-80′s and it was mind numbing. I imagine typing in all of my recipes would be similar.
Another admission: I rarely use recipes from that baggie. Or the loose ones I cut from the newspaper. Or the ones I print out from the internet. I am an experimental creature of habit. Basically that means if I’m not making a new recipe, I am making a recipe I know by heart. Where do I get my recipes? From the internet.
Since I will also never step up and create The Great American Recipe App©, I have found the next best thing. Instapaper.
Instapaper is based on the simplest of concepts: saving digital documents, web articles or pages in one app to read later, which makes it the perfect tool to save the recipe for Nutella Cupcakes with Triple Cream Cheese Frosting. The FAQ says it isn’t designed to store thousands of pages to keep, categorize, tag and search contents of every web page you’ve ever found. As a long-term solution to a central storage place for online recipes, Instapaper isn’t ideal. But for someone who collects recipes to try later, it is darn near perfect.
It is super easy to save pages to Instapaper. Simply install a button on your bookmarks toolbar, like Pintrest’s Pin It button, and click it when you want to save it. You will be able to access the saved pages through the Instapaper website or your iPhone and iPad app. Instapaper will sync your account across all of your devices. An Android version was just released, making Instapaper available on all Apple products, Kindle Fire, Nook and Nook Color as well as Android phones.