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Jan 26, 2009 10:03 AM

Recipe Software

I would like to get a programme that will allow me to type in my recipes and then find them when I do a search.
Sounds simple right?
I googled and came up with quite a few ranging from $20 to $100. All came with 100's of their own recipes.
I don't want their recipes and don't want to pay for them. If I wanted to find recipes, the net is full of them by the 1000's
Anybody aware of a programme to suit my needs. I will gladly pay, but freeware is always nice.
If you have one of the other programmes and like it, I would be interested in all comments.

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  1. Here's what I do--Rather than type in recipes, I only keep lists of ingredients as Word files--one folder for apps, one for soups, one for veggies, entrees, etc. On the ingredient list I note where the recipe is located (anything from Julia Child's books to "blue folder" ). This makes it relatively simple to plan menus and pull together a shopping list. I don't blame you for not wanting to pay for recipes you don't want!

    1. how are you storing the recipes? meaning file type: a word processing format, pdf, jpg, ?

      I have no problem with finding any of my recipes: I name them well then store all the formats under one folder on my hard drive - - the secret is the naming -- then in setting your folder to display the contents in alphabetical order. easy peasy.

      1. I did something similar to phoebek. I'd thought about a computer program - but I can't imagine how long it would have taken to type in my hundreds of recipe cards in. So, a few years ago I made an index (I had a boring job and this was a great 'sure I'm working, boss' project at my computer). I jotted down the primary ingredients for each recipe card, then compliled an index of recipe titles under each ingredient - just as you would find in the back of a cookbook. I did the whole thing in Excel - I keep the master file in my computer so I can update it. I keep a print out with my cookbooks - it's 25 pages long!

        Now when I get swiss chard from my CSA I can look up swiss chard in the index and find a list of possible recipes with a note as to where the card is filed. It was a bit of work to do but I am very happy with the system. One nice thing - I can mark on the master list when I've tried a recipe and this has challenged me to try new things.

        1. I bought Living Cookbook about a year ago and love it. I deleted all the recipes that came with it and input my own - most by copying and pasting from various websites. I will type in recipes from cookbooks, but usually wait until I make it. Or, I may only type in the recipe name and book, page number to save on typing. It has a lot of features that I don't use but I love it for organizing, searching (recipes and ingredients), and making notes about the recipe including when I've made it. I will also email recipes I like to my mother and sisters. It's not free but I've found it to be worth it. You could also check out Big Oven. I preferred LC features but this seems to be another popular one.

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          1. re: chowlj

            Yes, thank you. I have a one month free trial for that programme and it seems good.
            It will not allow me to import a recipe on the trial version.
            How does that work?
            It seems the best of what I have looked at and the price is not unreasonable.

            1. re: billieboy

              I've never imported a recipe so I'm not sure how this works. I would think their help section would be able to answer. I use the "capture" feature extensively and this works well.

              1. re: billieboy

                I've found that the easiest way is to use the capture function.
                On the Action tab go to NEW>Recipe and click.
                Click the capture tab on the dialog box.
                Cut and Paste the recipe you want to capture.
                Highlight the name then click on the "Recipe Name" box in the right column.
                Continue highlighting each section of the recipe and click the appropriate box from the right column.

                I really like this program. Started off with the 2005 version and just upgraded to the 2008 version.