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I love to cook! My kitchen back on land life was huge, but not, on my sailboat, I’m confined to a fairly small space. Now, Starry Horizons is bigger than most cruising boats and I have plenty of room to get things done. But I don’t care to carry around a wide selection of cookbooks.
I think Pinterest is absolutely awesome for finding recipes. The visual layout is extremely appealing and you can organize your recipes into folders. However, obviously, Pinterest doesn’t work offline.
I’ve met plenty of cruisers who keep a paper copy of recipes, often writing things down in a notepad. For a while, I was taking (multiple) screenshots of my favorite recipes to have for offline use, but it’s not searchable and results in multiple files taking up a lot of digital space.
While I do most of my research on my phone (used to have an iPhone, now I have a Google Pixel 2), I like to transfer the recipe to my iPad to set up the “big screen” in the galley.
Here are two solutions I’ve used.
Notes on Apple devices has undergone a recent update, giving this app a lot more functions than before. I started a folder called Recipes, and create a new note for each new recipe I want to store.
As you can see, each note (or recipe) that has a photo now has a thumbnail available on the list of notes. Also, notes are searchable. So, for example, if I search “bread”, any recipe with the word “bread” comes up, even if it’s in the body or part of another word.
Here’s a step by step for how to add a recipe:
1) Find the recipe you want to save.
2) Copy the text of the recipe
a) Some recipes have a print icon and will take you to a text-only page where you can copy and paste.
b) if print isn’t available, you can still copy and paste, but it might come with an ad or two that you can easily remove.
3) Paste into a new note in the Notes app.
4) Find a photo you like, hold down on the photo until you have the option to Save or Copy. Save will put it in your camera roll, while Copy will not. I choose Copy.
5) Paste the photo anywhere in the recipe.
I like this method because:
- I still have a nice visual
- It doesn’t require internet
- It’s searchable
- It takes up a very small amount of memory
If you have your recipes in a folder in iCloud, your recipes will be synced between devices.
When I switched to the Google Pixel 2 phone, I no longer had the Apple notes on my phone to sync between my phone and iPad.
Several readers recommended the Paprika Recipe Manager app. For $4.99, the full features of the app include syncing across all devices.