Even though all of us at The Kitchn have pretty extensive cookbook collections, we're also always looking at new recipes online, and trying to figure out ways to save those precious family recipes that are on notecards slowly deteriorating from overuse.
Luckily, there are plenty of websites and apps available to help you save all of your precious recipes and the ones you have yet to try. Here's a look at five worth checking out.
Big Oven has all the standard features you would expect with a recipe management tool. You can clip recipes, upload your own, and create grocery lists. But probably our favorite feature is the tool that helps you use up your leftover ingredients. Simply pick three foods you have lurking in your fridge or pantry, and Big Oven will suggest recipes that you can make with all three. While the site does offer a free version, to get unlimited recipes (and no ads!) you'll have to pay $20 per year.
Another great basic, Dish Dish lets you arrange recipes you've saved from your favorite sites or typed in yourself into specific collections or cookbooks. The service that really stands out is for their pro users, called the Recipe Concierge, which allows you to send in recipes to Dish Dish for them to input for you. If you have tons of recipes, but are short on time, this might be your answer. Plus, pro members can print their recipes as 4x6-inch recipe cards. This might be the perfect way to finally get all your favorites in the same format.
If you're looking for a basic recipe organizer, consider One tsp. You can input your own recipes or use their bookmarklet to clip recipes from your favorite websites. Each free account lets you store 150 recipes, or you can upgrade to pro for $5 per year for unlimited recipes. The tagging feature lets you easily organize and sort recipes. Plus, if you like digital shopping lists instead of paper lists, you can create one using your saved recipes in the app.
Our favorite thing about the Kitchen Monki site is that it incorporates a calendar into the service. This means you can use it to plan your meals for the week and have all your recipes in the same spot. You can also compile a shopping list based on your meal plan and text it to your phone. Plus, it divides up your list by the areas of the grocery store to make shopping easier.
And when in doubt ... use Pinterest.
No, you can't input your family recipes, unless you take photos of the recipe cards, but Pinterest is still one of the easiest ways to save and organize recipes from your favorite magazines, blogs, and websites. We might be biased, but we think the best place to start is our account. You are following us, aren't you?
Do you have a favorite that we missed? Share it in the comments below.