Smart Recipe Storage

By Kristi Willis

Discovering new recipes is a delight, but finding them again later can be a challenge. Here are some clever storage solutions to help organize those cherished dishes so that you’ll never again lose the secret ingredient for Aunt Millie’s potato salad.

Evernote ( While not specifically designed for recipes, this invaluable application helps you organize text, graphics or audio notes into notebooks, then categorizes them with tags of your choosing. You can then synchronize the database of your notebooks with the Evernote website—offering online access to them from any computer or mobile device. And the convenient Web Clipper tool makes it easy to add pages from websites to your notebooks. Cost: free. Platforms: online, desktop for Windows or Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Palm.

Epicurious ( One of the most popular online and mobile recipe databases, Epicurious includes a Recipe Box. Recipes can be categorized by type of cuisine, main ingredient, dietary consideration and more, and can be shared with the online community or kept private. The Shopping List function creates a unified list of ingredients from the selected recipes and can be shared with others. Cost: free, $1.99 for synchronization with a mobile device. Platforms: online, iPhone and iPad.

Paprika Recipe Manager ( Designed with the iPad user in mind, Paprika differentiates itself from other recipe applications with its unique ability to prevent the screen from turning off while you’re cooking. No more scrambling to wipe off hands to find the next instruction in the list. Paprika also includes standard features that allow cataloging personal recipes, browsing for recipes from major websites and making and sharing grocery lists. Cost: $4.99. Platforms: iPhone and iPad. Mac for $19.99.

Allrecipes ( Another popular website and mobile app, Allrecipes provides a Recipe Box for adding personal recipes or favorites from their extensive database. Advanced features for customizing recipes from their database, creating menu plans and searching recipes by nutritional information require a membership. Cost: free for basic, $17.50 per year for membership. Platforms: online, iPhone, iPad and Android.

BigOven ( With more than 170,000 member recipes in its database, BigOven provides a personal online recipe box and grocery list that sync with their mobile app. Keeping recipes private requires upgrading to the Pro membership. Cost: free for basic, $15.99 per year for Pro membership. Platforms: online, iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone 7.

RecipeThing ( If you’re willing to share recipes with its community (there are no privacy settings), RecipeThing offers a sharing and organizing website that includes menu planner and recipe box features. It also allows you to transfer recipes to your computer for backup. Cost: free. Platform: online.

Living Cookbook ( The robust Living Cookbook desktop software offers recipe storage, calculation of nutrition and food costs and creation of menus, meal plans and grocery lists. Easily export or email recipes to friends or import recipes from a variety of recipe databases. You can even manage kitchen inventory and publish cookbooks with tables of contents and indexes. Cost: $34.95. Platform: Windows.