Kitchen Tech: Organize Recipes Using Google Reader

We follow a lot of food blogs (too many probably!) and we're constantly coming across great new recipes and ideas we want to try. We've used Google Reader to siphon all those blog feeds into one place for several years now, but keeping track of the recipes we wanted to save for later was still a problem - but then we discovered a simple solution!

We actually got this idea from the folks at Google Reader themselves, who posted about it on their blog. A while back, a "tag" feature was added to Google Reader. It appears at the bottom of an individual post as "Edit tags" followed by the labels with which that post is tagged. If you click on "Edit tags," a box opens that allows you to type in more tag words.

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We've created several tags to refer to different categories of cooking, like "main course," "dessert," and "Italian." When we come across a post we want to save, we tag it with all the relevant labels, hit save, and continue browsing.

Now, accessing these tagged posts later on is tricky and feels kind of backwards to us. What you currently do is go up to the Search box at the top and click on the "All Items" tab. This should bring up a scroll-down menu with all your folders and tags. Scroll to the tag you're looking for - say, "side dishes" - and select it.

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Without putting anything in the search box itself, just hit "Search." This will open up the "Side Dishes" folder with a message that says "no unread items". Click on "View All Items" and then you'll see all the posts tagged with that label.

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Like we said, it's still a bit awkward, but it's better than nothing (and hopefully the Google Reader folks are improving this? Please?!). If you're trying to find a specific post or recipe that you know you tagged, you can also search for it by adding some key words into the search box.

Do you use a feed reader like Google? How do you keep track of specific posts and recipes?

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(Images: Screenshots from Google Reader)

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