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Managing Recipes with Paprika

Chopped paprika vegetablesA long time ago here at ProfHacker, we used to run a series titled “What’s for Lunch?” That series prompted me to start keeping track of favorite recipes.

Since I was already a heavy user of Evernote, it became my preferred tool for storing recipes. I’d just use the web clipper to send recipes to my Evernote account, then use the Evernote Food app to access my recipes. The app ignored all notes that didn’t contain recipes, and it looked great. It also allowed users to search several recipe sites, right from within the app.

Most unfortunately, Evernote shut down Evernote Food at the end of September 2015, and I had to start looking for another application to replace it. (Yes, I could have just used tags in my Evernote account and searched for notes that were recipes, but I’d come to prefer a dedicated app.)

I found Paprika, which I’ve come to like a lot. It’s got a lot going for it:

  • It has an integrated browser, and most of the time, captures recipes from that browser automatically.

  • For the rare occasions it can’t parse a recipe it sees, it offers an easy way to capture the recipe manually; there’s almost never a need to type anything.

  • It offers easy recipe scaling. Having dinner guests and need to double a recipe? Not a problem. Cooking for just yourself, and need to cut a recipe in half? Again, not a problem.

  • It’s cross-platform, available for iOS, MacOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows. It syncs easily across all devices.

The major downside is that it’s pricey, as apps go. Desktop versions of the app are $19.99, and mobile versions are $4.99. Also, Paprika for iOS is not a universal app, so if you want it for both your phone and your tablet, it’ll cost you twice. A user in Apple’s ecosystem could end up spending $30.

For me, it’s been worth it, but what about you? Do you use an app to manage recipes? If so, let us know your recommendations in the comments.

Finally, in the spirit of the original “What’s for Lunch?” series, here’s a favorite of mine: Beth’s Crock Pot Black Bean Chicken. It’s incredibly easy to make, and very tasty.

CC-licensed photo by Flickr user Ivana Sokolović

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