Long gone are the days when organzing recipes meant getting a notecard out and writing down a recipe you found in a book or magazine. There are thousands of apps out there and I am sure there are many good ones. I was looking for something that wasn’t just an electronic cookbook. Something that could organize and store my recipes as well as the ones I found on the internet.
Don’t you hate when you stumble upon an excellent recipe that everyone in your family just absolutely loves and then a month later you can’t find it again? Well, let me tell you a little bit about Paprika and why I think it’s worth the $4.99 you will pay:
It’s very easy-to-use, easy-to-read and has a good looking design.
You can add recipes from all over the internet straight into your digital recipe box or manually add them by hand. Most cooking websites are supported so you can include your favourite sites from food bloggers too. When you have found a recipe on Safari, tap the share button, then Paprika, which will import the recipe automatially. With unsupported sites, you can pull in each part of a recipe simply by highlighting parts of the recipe on the web page and then tapping the appropriate button (Name, Photo, Ingredients, Directions, etc.).
You can add, edit and rearrange categories. So if you want to create a subcategory under dessert, you can have “cakes” , “pies”, “cookies” etc.
There is even a grocery list feature. How amazing is this! If you fill in the pantry section, it even deletes and edits the items you already have at home. To set it up, tap the Pantry button at the bottom. Tap the plus sign and add items you want. This might take a few minutes, but I think you will find it worthwhile in the long run!
You can scale the recipe, meaning you can change each recipe size, making it larger or smaller (this can be quite handy, if you forget to double an ingredient in your head). The unit converter can be a life-saver if you forget how many tablespoons are in a 1/2 cup!
You can use built in timers with just one click, such a helpful tool and Paprika lets you set three at once. This comes in handy if you are making more than one dish at a time.
There is also a calendar option, which I personally don’t use. I am not that organized, but if you plan ahead, why not?
I think the biggest draw back of Paprika is the cost. You have to buy each App separately for each device, which then syncs all the information. I have it on my iphone and use that in the kitchen while cooking. It’s always with me so I have it for planning and grocery shopping when I need it. The Mac version costs a hefty $29.99, which is more than I would pay for an App.
Paprika did have trouble with a few of the imports but for the most part, it was pretty seamless. If you’ve never used a recipe app before, Paprika could be the one for you.