Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nine Ways to Create a Virtual Cookbook to Help Go Green

Preparing your own meals is a great way to promote healthy, green living. Here are nine ways to create a virtual cookbook to help go green.

1. Popular organizing software Evernote has an app called Evernote Food. You can use it on Android or your iPhone or iPad to gather your home recipes in the My Cookbook section. If you find a recipe on the web, you can clip it in Evernote and it will appear in Evernote Food. Tag your recipes so you can find them quickly later.

2. Springpad is a personal assistant app for various platforms. You can add recipes, favorite them and share them. The app can help you pull together a shopping list or plan errands too.

Use Great Tools on Cooking Sites
3. Allrecipes is a food site with tons of recipes. Members can save recipes to a Recipes Box section. You can rate recipes, write notes about them and add items to your shopping list. A pro membership gives you options like customizing a recipe and a kitchen-friendly recipe view.

4. If you love the recipes from Food Network, HGTV and wonderful home cooks, check out Members can stash favorite recipes in the Cookbook section. Sharing and rating recipes is encouraged. You can share your recipe pictures too.

5. Epicurious has a great community and lots of recipes. You can enjoy hits from magazines like Gourmet and Bon Appetit as well as highly rated recipes from other members. Sign up for membership to enjoy the Recipe Box feature. It lets you upload your own recipes and share them with the community. You can save entire cookbooks to your Recipe Box too. The ability to make shopping lists saves time for busy cooks. You can browse recipes on the go with the phone and tablet apps.

6. BigOven is another recipe site with options for iPhone and Android users. You can use a free account to type in your own recipes. A paid membership gives you the ability to grab your recipes from other sites. The Pro membership for $19.99 annually also gives you 25 free RecipeScans. This killer feature lets you upload a picture of a recipe so BigOven can convert it to use. You can upload your own scans too. If you have loads of heirloom recipes on index cards, the RecipeScan can save you the work of typing in everything.

Delicious Apps
7. Pepperplate is a recipe site with helpful apps for Android and iOS. Sign up for a free membership to start importing or creating your recipes. Use the mobile app while you're cooking so you can follow the recipe easily. In addition you can use Pepperplate to plan menus, share recipes and compose a shopping list.

8. Paprika is a recipe app for Android, iPhone, iPad and Mac. It cloud syncs recipes and has its own browser so you can clip recipes online. It can make categorized shopping lists for you as well. Even novice cooks will appreciate this app's features.

9. You can also quickly share recipes as documents in the cloud. Members of your family or certain friends might not be members of your preferred recipe site. However, it's still easy for all of you to share recipes.

Make a folder for recipes at a cloud storage site like Dropbox or Google Drive. These sites make it simple to share links to particular documents or folders. If your siblings and coworkers want you to have must-try recipes, place it in the folder and add a label to prioritize it. Including pictures in your recipes isn't difficult.

Creating delicious meals can be a terrific green activity. Start loading recipes into your own virtual cookbook today.

Author Bio
Sandra Marino is a 'go green' enthusist and loves spending time helping others learn how they can help the environment with green tips from


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