Anyone who reads Money Saving Parent for the first time, or returns to visit again and again knows that we love sharing recipes! Cooking at home is an activity which holds many fond memories for me and it’s memories I want my children to have. Everyone in the kitchen cooking gives us family time together and allows us to explore our creativity and best of all often gets the kids to try foods that they normally wouldn’t eat. We have recipes written in notebooks, and note cards from my grandmother, my mom, friends and even my dad. I’ve found a new app, Recifoto which allows me to share these recipes easily and find new ones to try.
Not everyone has a blog, and not everyone wants to spend time typing out their recipes. Typing ingredients and instructions can be time consuming and I know for my parents almost painful because they don’t like typing. But there are many people out there that have some really delicious recipes, just like me, written down in a notebook or on recipe card. Recifoto is the quickest and easiest way of sharing your recipes as well as saving recipes you find in magazines for future reference. Not only that, you can look for recipes based on main ingredients or holidays to get even more creative cooking ideas to try.
So here’s a few features about Recifoto that I really like!
– The app is FREE!
-It’s very much like Instagram for recipes, all you do is take a picture from an already written recipe, whether on an index card, from a magazine, or screenshot with your iPhone or iPad. It’s like a recipes social network.
-Share recipes via e mail, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and more
-You can like and comment on recipes as well as follow your favorite users.
-Your recipes are stored in the cloud so it’s great for sharing and saving your favorite family’s heirloom recipes.
-Save the piles of recipes you’ve torn from magazines and newspapers by taking a photo of them.
-You can make your recipes public or private. Private recipes don’t appear in the feed of 100 most recent recipes. Yes that’s where you can not share your recipes, but simply store them for you to use later.
Bloggers – you are going to love this one -You can make the recipe’s title a hyperlink to a blog or website. Instead of posting the recipe on the app, post a picture of the finished dish, and enter the URL into the designated area to drive user traffic to your site.
-Want to find a certain type of recipe? Adding a hashtag (#) in the title next to a keyword (i.e. #dessert) makes it searchable by that hashtag and the search function helps you find recipes. Or you can browse through the most recent recipes with a flick of your finger.
-You can also use the ReciFoto.com website on your computer as well as on your iPhone or iPad.
Some things that I found a little difficult to use were working with my bio and to save my pictures. I’m not sure if maybe I need to do the update to my OS on the iPad to make it work so I’ll try that next but I had some trouble taking pictures of recipes to share them. Also, I really wish that I could test drive it, for example save 10 recipes to my collection before I pay the .99 to have an unlimited collection access. Sure it’s only .99 but it’s the steps I have to go through to make the payment (I don’t like all those steps for anything I purchase on iTunes).
I did find the tips and tricks section to be really helpful with an easy to understand tutorial. I highly recommend starting there after you download the iPhone Recifoto App or the iPad Recifoto App and get started on finding and sharing recipes!