Monique Tait

Monique Tait

Jun 29, 2024. 3 mins read

Food

The Busy Parents Guide to Storing Recipes

One of the cold hard truths of parenting is that we’re always in the kitchen. Whether we’re thinking of meals, preparing meals, cleaning up after meals, or simply hiding away from the chaos of it all with a bar of chocolate, life seems to revolve around eating. And after a long day when you can’t wait to hit the hay, the last thing you want to be doing is fishing out recipes in that magazine, blog, insta post or link that someone sent you to prepare yet another dinner. Aussie parents need to be more savvy with their meals and utilise an easier way for recipe organisation!

Father and child doing online cooking

Lucky for you, we’re here to make your life easier by giving you the top options to store recipes. Parent approved!

What is the best way to organise recipes digitally? 

One of the easiest ways to organise your recipes digitally is through the use of mobile apps. While you can rely on scattered screenshots, musings in notes, or even Google Doc files, this can quickly become overwhelming and messy. But with the use of apps like Recipe Keeper, you can import recipes directly from the web to make cooking easier than ever before. It’s one of our favourite mum hacks around!

Some apps even allow you to add tags to each of your recipes, such as Notion. These include helpful search features such as savoury, sweet, under 20 minutes, no bake, cuisine etc to help you make use of the ingredients and time constraints you have without all the fuss. 

You can even digitise recipes that you’ve scribbled yourself. With a mobile scanning app like Adobe Scan, all you need to do is take a picture of the recipe and the app will automatically convert it into a readable PDF. Whether this is your grandmother’s handwritten secret sauce or a trusted favourite from one of your cookbooks, converting paper copies to digital files helps keep all of your recipes under one roof.

How to create a recipe folder

With apps like CookBook, you can easily create recipe folders to make your favourite recipes easily accessible. Helping you split your recipes into different categories and groups, you can easily filter your meals for easy viewing. Whether you’re craving Thai or need a quick and easy healthy snack for your kiddos, recipe folders can be a lifesaver when planning meals.

How to keep track of family recipes

We recommend compiling all of your family recipes together and separating them by the type of dish. This could mean you have an Italian pile, a breakfast pile, a baking pile, etc. You can then convert the paper recipes into readable PDFs and keep them all in a single folder titled “family recipes”. Some apps even let you add notes to your recipes so you can detail who passed down the recipe and anything else you’d like to remember.

Is there an app to organise my recipes?

Using a mobile app for recipe organisation is great for several reasons. On the one hand, they help you document countless recipes without the need for excessive storage. On the other hand, they make for a simple and easy location to store all your favourite meals. Say goodbye to the days of endlessly scrolling through your camera roll to find that one recipe you really, really liked 18 weeks ago. 

Here are some of the best apps for recipe organisation recommended by busy parents:

  1. Paprika 3

  2. Samsung Food

  3. Pestle

  4. Yummly

While each of these recipe storage apps has a common denominator: housing your recipes digitally, take a look at the various options listed to find the user experience that most suits your needs.

The best ways to store recipes

Recipe organisation doesn’t have to be a battle. With useful apps that keep all of your favourite recipes under one roof, this makes for one less thing to worry about when taking care of your precious kiddos.

Monique Tait

Monique Tait

Mothering . Wife . Founder . Chicken Wing Aficionado .

When she's not scouring the city for the best fried chicken joint, she's busy being a parenting superhero, starting with her new toy swapping app called Sassybae. Because let's be real, what better way to show your love for your kids than by swapping out their old toys for new ones? Monique is on a mission to make parenting easier, one wing and one toy at a time.

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