So it’s pretty well-known that you can save a lot of money if you cook dinner at home rather than go out to restaurants. In the spirit of saving some money, I decided to cook dinner at home every day this month. One major problem -- my recipes are a mess. They’re in files all over my computer, in my email, on scraps of paper that have been torn out of magazines or handwritten by friends and family. If I was going to make a good effort to cook at home, I had to get this under control.
With the help of Google, I went on a mission to find free recipe management software. After trying several duds, which I won’t mention by name, I found Recipe Center 5.2. (FYI - I am in no way affiliated with this software or the company that makes it.) It’s a pretty simple software but does exactly what I needed – namely, to help me organize my recipes.
Features I Liked:
- It’s Free!!
- You can add recipes with ingredients, procedures, and an image
- You can add recipes to your “basket” to create shopping lists
- You can change numbers of servings in a recipe and the ingredients are auto-resized
- You can add keywords to recipes to help in categorizing and searching through your recipes.
- The interface isn’t always intuitive. (Ex: took me some time to figure out how to add an image to a recipe – when you’re editing a recipe look for the browse button – there’s no other label.)
- In the free version, you may see ads at the bottom of the screen. (When I downloaded it, the ads never loaded so I just saw a small blank box which was great!)
- There’s no way to record calorie or nutrition information unless you add it to the general instructions section for a recipe.
Bottom Line: If you have the money to invest in more expensive recipe management software with more bells and whistles, go ahead. But if you’re looking for a free software that does the job, Recipe Center is your solution!
If anyone out there uses any recipe software that they love, let me know!