I have way too many recipes just jotted down on paper or that I’ve printed or been given, etc. Do you know a great FREE method of storing them virtually? It would make my life so much easier if I could catalog them somewhere and then stash the hard copies in the file cabinet or somewhere else in case of a server crash or something…
Someone has already done all the work for me! Go read this article on “The Five Best Free Online Recipe Organizer Websites!
While there are some really great looking options out there, the issue I have with the sites that are aimed at recipe storage specifically is that they require you to input your data in a very particular way. If you’ve got an enormous hodge-podge of recipes to store, it can be kind of daunting to look at transferring that info. Granted, it makes for a much more organized end product, but that has always been the hurdle that has kept me from going totally virtual for my recipe storage.
If you aren’t looking for an option that includes the menu planning, social networking, or shopping list options, I’d suggest that you simply use Google Docs. Since you can upload any type of file, you could upload scans of your recipes, circumventing the tedium of typing everything out. You can organize your recipes into folders and even “star” your favorites. Google gives you 1 gigabyte of storage space for free. That is nearly 65,000 pages of Microsoft Word document - plenty of space, I would think!
If you do go the dedicated recipe website route, please let me know which one you use and how you like it!