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Feb 29, 2008 05:44 PM

Recipe Organizer [Moved from Home Cooking]

Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I just got the idea that having a recipe organizer on my pc would be a great idea. I've seen a few cheap ones on Ebay and some free ones on, can anyone suggest a good one? The cheaper the better.
I'm really just looking for a basic database so that if I search for cake or bacon or something, it'll bring up everything I have with those ingredients.



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      1. IMO, the best thing you can do for for cheap or free is to put your recipes (in text, Word, Wordpad, etc. format) in My Documents in a Recipe folder (I'll assume you are using a Windows-based machine here) and then install Google Desktop to do a search for you on the things you've got on your computer. Not all the hits you'll get will be in those folders - it'll search for anything on computer, including web sites you've visited with the same words - but I can't think of anything you can get for cheap or free that has a search engine as powerful as Google.

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        1. re: romansperson

          Interesting, very interesting. If I was to scan in a recipe as a .pdf, would it be able to search on that? I'm guessing no. Whatever I can do to reduce the amount of typing this project might involve would be very nice.
          I do like that I can easily add my own categories and notes and it would pick up on that, too.....I think.

          1. re: Fuzzydave

            Google desktop will in fact search .pdf files - whether it can search them by keyword depends on how the file was created. It can, of course, search file names on .pdf files no matter how the .pdf was created, so if you word your file name well that would be helpful. If you are lucky enough to have a full version of Adobe Acrobat and not just Adobe Reader, you can also set Acrobat to scan the document as an OCR file, which then makes it easily searchable.

            Most scanners come with a simple OCR program as well, so you might want to try that instead of scanning to .pdf format. As long as your scanned document is clean with clear type, that should come out OK.

            I forgot to mention in my first post that Windows itself has a search function as well. If you RIGHT-click on the Start button, one of the menu choices is Search. You can search by file name/file type, and by keyword. You can also limit your search to a particular folder, so if you organize everything in one main folder, that will make your searches go quickly. I use this function all the time at work and it comes in very handy.

            This native search function can't do a keyword search on .pdf files, but will will search file names so again, if you name the file well that will help.

            1. re: romansperson

              if you go to or pcmagaizine .com they have software
              called freeware or shareware the freeware is free the shareware you may be asked to pay a small fee for like 5-20 bucks
              you will find many recipe programs down load several to test to see what works for you

        2. Take a look over at Mariner software they have announced a new deluxe version of <a href="> it is a great additional way to save your recipes. for the Mac

          1. I use Accu Chef ( The nice thing is that there is a nutrition database that allows you to price the ingredients and then you can get a price per serving calculation.

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