How to Preserve and Share Grandma’s Recipes
When I inherited my late grandmother’s recipes, I wanted to keep them safe and eventually hand them down to my own family. I already had my own jumbled collection, including instructions dictated by Wilma herself, images saved on my phone, Word files on my computer, and more. So I set out to find a way to organize, preserve, and share this part of our family history with everyone.
What I learned during my research tickled me as much as memories of Wilma’s pecan pie. Organizing these records would be much easier than I had anticipated, and the journey brings home cooks like me even greater rewards than I ever imagined. Going digital saves time and money, reduces waste, and best of all, allows you to eat more healthfully by planning ahead and choosing recipes that meet personalized dietary needs. Better yet, sharing recipes and connecting with epicures across the world helps us grow and improve, just in time for the holidays.
Apps to Help You Get Started
Melanie Carr, founder of the Dish Dish website that helps home cooks gather, access, and share recipes, recommends first gathering the recipes you regularly use, as well as old family favorites you want to keep.
Jaclyn Strauss, creator of the digital organization system 2ndvault and a mother with her own recipes to manage, says her own grandmother was the source of many treasured recipes. As a starting point, she enlisted her family. “I asked everyone via email to provide the top 5 recipes that stood out to them as their favorites. I gathered the emails, removed any duplicates, and then typed each recipe identified as a family favorite into 2ndvault.”
There are many web-based services you can use to consolidate your collection, complete with apps so you can also access them anywhere you go. BigOven, one of the first recipe apps for iOS and Android, claims over 3 million cooks. Membership is free, and people with free accounts can store up to 200 recipes and digitizations of up to three images. If you have a family collection to manage, like I do, the premium service is $25 per year, with unlimited recipe storage and digitization of 25 images and the ability to purchase more. Marketing director Jordan Kooijman explains that the pro offering is ideal if you’re looking to augment your experience “by adding additional filter options for searching, meal planning, and creating custom folders to organize your recipes.”
Alternatively, Copy Me That, owned by founder Tine Bak, offers unlimited recipes in a free account, with cloud hosting for backups and remote access. The company’s premium membership, available for $13 per year ($24 for life,) provides recipe scaling so you can quickly halve or double recipes without doing all the math, the ability to create shopping lists for different stores or occasions, and a list view of multiple recipes at one time. “One advantage of going digital,” Bak says, “is simply being able to find your recipes again. You can tag (or label) them, but even if you don’t feel like doing that, just having a basic text search is helpful.” Another Copy Me That feature that all cooks will appreciate is the ability to export their content at any time.
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November 23, 2021 at 04:06AM