Gmail as a Recipe Organizer

logo1.pngMy wonderful wife (of 13 months and one day, today) has come up with the brilliant idea to use a Gmail account to save recipes she finds online.

She had been using Yum, but got frustrated with trying to format the recipe correctly and stopped using it. It would try to be smart and convert the ingredient measurements to standard abbreviations, but usually didn’t get it right, and just made more work for her.

Now with her Gmail Recipe Book, she can log in, copy and paste the recipe and send it to herself. Auto-magically she has the recipe saved for future cooking.

But with Gmails tagging system, she can organize her recipes into categories like ‘chicken’ or ‘beef’. Since you can add multiple tags to an email, she can put recipes into different sections.

In the future, she could create two tags: ‘eaten’ and ‘uneaten’ to further differentiate from those recipes she has tried, and those yet to come.

She also came up with a good rating system. After trying a recipe, she can reply to that recipe and input our thoughts in the reply. That way each time she looks at that recipe, she can see all the replies (reviews) that go with it. Perfect! And if she wants a visual cue to the ratings, we could always use one of the alt symbols: ◊,†,•,‡ etc.

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3 Responses to Gmail as a Recipe Organizer

  1. wonderful wife says:

    happy 13 month anniversary my wonderful husband. it’s a great system, thanks for all the tips!

  2. matt says:

    Brilliant suggestion for a system. I’ve been trying to find a digital way for Teressa to store all of her recipes and nothing has been a good fit. This sounds like a great idea because you could also send recipes to that email address via websites like foodnetwork.com and allrecipes.com. Great idea you two, and congrats on the anniversary! :)

  3. Doug says:

    Thanks for your creative mind!! I believe your idea is the best one for me to organize my collection. Most of my recipes come from the net and it will be so easy to just copy and paste and organize on GMail. Beats the hell out of retyping the recipe to follow the software’s format.

    Thank you

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