If you've been using Ziplist to save recipes from The Perfect Pantry, and from other favorite blogs and websites, I'm sad to report that the company is closing on December 10, 2014. I just learned this and wanted to share with you as soon as possible, as they will no longer support the recipe box, shopping list, and recipe saving features after December 9.
I have removed the blue "Save Recipes to Ziplist" button from my recipe posts here, as well as the "Recipe Box" link at the top of the page.
How to preserve recipes currently in your Ziplist recipe box
First, download all of the recipes you've stored in your recipe box. You need to do this before December 10, and as it takes just a few minutes, why not do it this weekend? Here's how: http://get.ziplist.com/what-you-need-to-know/.
3 easy ways to save recipes
Now, what's the best way to continue to save recipes (your own, and those you find on this blog and other sites)? Ziplist recommends you create a recipe box on Epicurious.com and transfer the recipes you've already saved. It's a great option, and it's free, especially if you already use the Epicurious site to search for new recipes.
I have three additional ideas for you.
Free web site. By far the easiest way to collect recipes you find online. Think of Pinterest as a bulletin board in your kitchen, with recipes cut out of magazines (and a photo of each one) and saved from your favorite blogs, all tacked up on the board. There's an easy-to-use Pinterest app for your smart phone or tablet, so what you save on your desktop can go with you to the market. You can sort your Pinterest finds into recipes for desserts, chicken, soup, slow cookers, or any other way. And you can even share your Pinterest boards with friends -- especially helpful if you're planning a holiday meal or party menu together. (Here's a peek at the boards I've created on Pinterest. It's so easy, you won't believe it.)
Note: to add something from The Perfect Pantry to your Pinterest "bulletin board", just click the big red P that comes up when you position your cursor on the recipe photo, or use the "share" button at the top or bottom of each post, and you can add that recipe to Pinterest with just one click.
Free app for iPhone, iPad or Android. When I asked on Facebook recently how readers were saving their recipes, Evernote Food was the most popular response. I've just downloaded it, so I can test it for my personal use. Evernote Food lets you save recipes from blogs and web sites, add your own recipes, and discover new ones. It takes a bit of setting up, but once you do it, the set-up syncs across all of your devices.
Note: to add recipes from The Perfect Pantry to your Evernote account, click the green elephant button at the end of each recipe.
An app for iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook or Mac desktop, Paprika isn't cheap ($19.99), but it has a visual interface like Ziplist, can make grocery lists and meal plans, and will sync across all of your devices if you're a Mac addict like me. It has hundreds of 5-star ratings in the iTunes store.
If you discover other apps or web sites that work well for saving recipes, please leave a link in the comments here.
Special thanks to Ziplist employees who worked so hard to create a great user experience over the past few years.
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