When it’s time to start finding new recipes and shopping for those holiday meals, you want the easiest method. If you have a recipe app on your mobile device or an account with a big name cooking site like Food.com or Better Crocker, then you are usually good to go.
But, what if you happen to find a recipe on a blog or website that does not have a mobile app or account setup, or you simply do not want to sign up? Here are three simple browser extensions you can use that have companion mobile apps so that you can grab those recipes you see online and take them with you to the supermarket.
There is a Google Keep extension available for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. And, there is a free app available for both iOS and Android devices. Unfortunately, the Google Keep extension doesn’t allow you to capture a clip of the recipe with its ingredients and directions.
However, the nice thing about Google Keep is that you can create an instant shopping list with checkboxes. You can also add labels to notes you save, so add one for Recipes or even drill down to Entrees and Sides. This makes it even quicker to pull up what you need on your app.
Just copy the text from the page and paste into the extension pop-up. You can enter the ingredients as handy list and the directions as a note.
You can also use Google Keep to create reminders which is convenient for when you plan to make that trip to the store. Then, just pop open the Google Keep app on your mobile device and your shopping list is ready and waiting.
Evernote Web Clipper
As we mentioned in a recent article, the Evernote Web Clipper is available for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and built into Internet Explorer. Using the free Evernote app on your iOS or Android device, you can then access anything clipped from the Web.
While the extension does not allow you to create a list like Google Keep, it can be easier to use for some because you can clip the entire page with the directions and ingredients at one time. You can also add a tag, such Dessert or Side Dish and then save items to a specific notebook, like one specifically for Recipes. This not only keeps your recipes organized, but allows you to access those you want quickly.
The best way to save the recipe is to choose the Simplified Article option from Evernote Web Clipper. This will remove the ads and images from the page, leaving just the text that you need.
The entire page will then be saved in your Evernote account. So, head to the store, open Evernote on your mobile device, and there is everything you need for that delicious dish.
In the past you may have seen other articles explaining what a useful tool Pocket can be. There is an extension for it on Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Firefox has Pocket built into your toolbar if you are using Firefox version 38.0.5 or later and if not, you can still install the add-on.
Internet Explorer users will need to add the Pocket bookmarklet instead of an extension. And of course, Pocket has a free app for both iOS and Android. While using Pocket for your recipes is more like using Evernote, it is still a great tool.
The easy thing about using Pocket to save recipes you find is that it also grabs the entire page for you with just a click of the button. You can add a tag if you keep your recipes categorized that way in your Pocket, which really makes it simple when you go shopping. After you have put your recipe into Pocket, you are set to get everything you need when you go to the grocery store.
Are You Preparing Your Holiday Cooking Like This?
Everyone is so busy when holiday season begins. Between the cooking, baking, shopping, decorating, and everything else, it can be hard to keep up. So, if you come across that perfect recipe online while browsing the news or checking out what’s new in entertainment, you want to grab it when you see it.
One of these ways might be trick for you! If you have a different method for capturing and saving delicious recipes and taking them with you to the store, feel free to share it below.
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