Get Organized! Using Evernote in the Kitchen

published Aug 21, 2009
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We are constantly bookmarking new recipes on the web, spotting new ingredients to try, and tearing articles out of magazines. Keeping all these bits and pieces organized is tough, but so many of programs that promise to help end up being too good to be true. But Evernote! This is one program that might just actually be able to deliver.

Evernote is one of the first programs we’ve found that seems to synchronize our internet life with our real-world life. It allows us to flag a recipe on someone’s blog and also take a picture of a new ingredient at the farmer’s market, and both of these things go into the same database. The program runs these items through their “recognition technology” to create search profiles and find key words.

The program syncs between all your electronic devices, so it becomes a tool you can use at home or in the grocery store when you’re searching for a specific recipe that “you know you saw!” earlier that day. We believe you don’t even have to necessarily be online to access it.

We’re even thinking that we could scan the recipes we flag in our food magazines every month into our computer and then add them to Evernote. The program can recognize text, so this makes it easy to find recipes even when we can’t remember the exact title or where we saw it.

We’re still in the early stages of feeling out this new program, but we already think this could be a very useful tool for a lot of us. Like any new organization system, the initial set-up and transition takes some time and energy. But once it’s established, it seems like using Evernote should be a snap.

Having everything in one place has a lot of appeal. Having it be easily searchable has even more appeal.

Do you use Evernote? How do you apply it to cooking and recipe organization?

Related: Kitchen Tech: Organize Recipes Using Google Reader

(Image: Screenshot from Evernote Homepage)

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