This blog post came to me in a dream last night. Seriously. In my dream, I created a list of 15 ways to collect recipes in Evernote. This might be a sickness. Or it’s a sign from God. Or maybe in this case, Ganesh.
Organization is hugely important to me. I like to have information in easily accessible, searchable, sortable structures and I need those structures to be sensible, flexible and, most of all, easy. I’m very lazy, which is odd because I have a lot going on in my life, so I need the simplest solution possible. That’s why I’m such a fan of Evernote.
I think about food all the time, and I’m always stumbling upon new recipes I want to try, new tips, new techniques, new ways of doing things—you know, information picked up from family, friends, magazines, books, the internet. And all of that stuff means nothing if I can’t find it later on. Hence, organization.
So here are all the ways you can pull recipes into Evernote….or any other information, for that matter. There actually might be way more that I’m forgetting, but there are my go-to recipe-saving processes.
1. Type in a recipe.
2. Record yourself or someone else saying the recipe out loud.
3. Take a picture of a printed recipe and pull it into Evernote, or use the Page Camera in the Evernote app. (This works for your cookbooks too!)
4. Scan in a printed recipe and send it to Evernote using a Doxie, Canon ImageFormula or Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner. (Example)
5. Email the recipe to your Evernote account using your private Evernote email address.
6. Clip a recipe from a webpage using the Evernote Web Clipper on your desktop computer.
7. Clip a recipe from a webpage using Dolphin Browser on your iPad.
8. Send recipes to Evernote using Instapaper, Feedly, Pocket or Zite on your computer or mobile device.
9. Automatically send recipes from your favorite blog’s RSS feed, your social network accounts, YouTube or your Pinterest boards to your Evernote account using an IFTTT recipe. (Example)
10. Write down a recipe using Penultimate, automatically syncing to your Evernote account, or use a similar iPad notebook app that will let you send a recipe to your Evernote account.
11. Write, or have your family and friends write, a recipe with your Livescribe Sky pen and have it automatically sync to your Evernote account.
12. Pull recipes from Say Mmm to your Evernote account.
13. Mail your massive stack of recipe tear-outs to Shoeboxed and let them scan them into your Evernote account.
14. Clip recipes from Evernote Food into your Evernote account.
15. Join recipe notebooks by your friends, family, or me!
Now…re-read that list again, only replace the word “recipe” with “receipts” or “bills” or “party RSVPs” or “documentation” or “interesting articles” or “stuff to buy” or “journal entries” or anything.
Yeah. It’s pretty awesome.