electronic or paper

electronic or paper

Joined: December 20th, 2005, 5:27 am

March 8th, 2008, 2:41 pm #1

I'm thinking about preserving all of my recollected recipes electronically. What are your thoughts about scanning them or typing them into a computer database vs keeping the paper copies in folders or books.

Do you still keep the paper, do you not go through the trouble? Looking for your thoughts.
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Joined: March 8th, 2004, 4:36 pm

March 8th, 2008, 3:04 pm #2

I keep them electronically and on paper. I probably should put them on a disc as well. I have external hard drives for back up, too. I like to have a piece of paper I can print out to cook by. Every time I save a recipe on the computer, I print it out. Sometimes I haven't been, well, "fastidious" about my filing system (regular ring binders)and have to look up the recipe on the 'puter. Pages get dirty during a kitchen skirmish, too. I guess it depends on your habits. I find I first look up recipes online rather than sift through my cookbooks. Cut and paste is easy. I have been known to OCR a scan so I can have a recipe in text and not an image form. Paper dies and so do computers so I think back up in different forms is important. I know there are programs available for arranging recipe collections neatly but I have never used one.

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Joined: March 28th, 2005, 4:14 pm

March 8th, 2008, 3:04 pm #3

I'm thinking about preserving all of my recollected recipes electronically. What are your thoughts about scanning them or typing them into a computer database vs keeping the paper copies in folders or books.

Do you still keep the paper, do you not go through the trouble? Looking for your thoughts.
I wanted to get recipe software, but the truth is . . .
would I really use it? Prolly not. But I use email everyday, so it dawned on me that might be the perfect solution.

What I have done recently is opened a gmail account that I use strictly for recipes.

Any recipes I find online, I can just email to myself.
I can use the search feature, it's easily emailed to others if I want to & of course can print out a copy if needed.

This seems to be a perfect solution.

That said, there's something about a piece of paper with a handwritten recipe that is nostalgic & reminiscent to me. If someone near & dear to me gave me a handwritten recipe, I'd keep it.

I still have all of my hard copy cookbooks & magazines along with loose recipes collected from various sources.
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Joined: March 28th, 2005, 4:14 pm

March 8th, 2008, 3:08 pm #4

I keep them electronically and on paper. I probably should put them on a disc as well. I have external hard drives for back up, too. I like to have a piece of paper I can print out to cook by. Every time I save a recipe on the computer, I print it out. Sometimes I haven't been, well, "fastidious" about my filing system (regular ring binders)and have to look up the recipe on the 'puter. Pages get dirty during a kitchen skirmish, too. I guess it depends on your habits. I find I first look up recipes online rather than sift through my cookbooks. Cut and paste is easy. I have been known to OCR a scan so I can have a recipe in text and not an image form. Paper dies and so do computers so I think back up in different forms is important. I know there are programs available for arranging recipe collections neatly but I have never used one.

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is exactly what prompted me to think of opening up the gmail account. And this way I can access it no matter where I am. Recipes on a hard drive, nah. Yes, should probably save to disk, but not completely necessary.

In the case of losing the collection when I go to my heavenly rewards, I have suppled the name of the acct & password to a friend.

I will add, that is one reason I encourage folks to post their well used recipes on the recipe board of a forum like this or nolaforum. We're preserving history!


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Joined: December 20th, 2005, 5:27 am

March 8th, 2008, 3:15 pm #5

I keep them electronically and on paper. I probably should put them on a disc as well. I have external hard drives for back up, too. I like to have a piece of paper I can print out to cook by. Every time I save a recipe on the computer, I print it out. Sometimes I haven't been, well, "fastidious" about my filing system (regular ring binders)and have to look up the recipe on the 'puter. Pages get dirty during a kitchen skirmish, too. I guess it depends on your habits. I find I first look up recipes online rather than sift through my cookbooks. Cut and paste is easy. I have been known to OCR a scan so I can have a recipe in text and not an image form. Paper dies and so do computers so I think back up in different forms is important. I know there are programs available for arranging recipe collections neatly but I have never used one.

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I just purchased an online copy of cookware deluxe. So far I have 10 recipes entered into the system scanned from magazines. There is a place for me to note my modifications. My worry...

Will filing them in a computer database actually make them lost forever? If I don't see it, will I not think to look for it? I guess I have to get in a habit of searching the database for ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry to get recipes.

I'm considering an online system where I can store all recipes, then they are electronic, backed up regularly, can be emailed, photos can be added and possibly where I can give access to family to store their recipes too...."The family recipe vault online."

Either way, I'll never get rid of my cookbooks. I just enjoy flipping through the pages a little too much.
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Joined: August 7th, 2003, 3:59 pm

March 8th, 2008, 4:11 pm #6

but found it was a pain in the butt. Also if you had not read, I almost killed a laptop. Who knew they didn't like wine? If you do store them on your computer I highly suggest an external hard drive and backups once a week.

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Joined: July 15th, 2004, 1:45 am

March 8th, 2008, 5:37 pm #7

I may find them online or someone will email one to me and I always print it out. I use the 'puter, but I rarely save them.

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Joined: March 17th, 2006, 6:30 pm

March 8th, 2008, 7:17 pm #8

I just purchased an online copy of cookware deluxe. So far I have 10 recipes entered into the system scanned from magazines. There is a place for me to note my modifications. My worry...

Will filing them in a computer database actually make them lost forever? If I don't see it, will I not think to look for it? I guess I have to get in a habit of searching the database for ingredients in the refrigerator and pantry to get recipes.

I'm considering an online system where I can store all recipes, then they are electronic, backed up regularly, can be emailed, photos can be added and possibly where I can give access to family to store their recipes too...."The family recipe vault online."

Either way, I'll never get rid of my cookbooks. I just enjoy flipping through the pages a little too much.
cookbooks and recipes. I love reading the books, they are like a novel. I do utilize online recipe sites but I love my old recipes that I keep in a indexed box.
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Joined: August 21st, 2003, 2:58 am

March 8th, 2008, 7:39 pm #9

I'm thinking about preserving all of my recollected recipes electronically. What are your thoughts about scanning them or typing them into a computer database vs keeping the paper copies in folders or books.

Do you still keep the paper, do you not go through the trouble? Looking for your thoughts.
I don't use no steenkin' recipes. Of course I don't cook, either. The very few that I have and use infrequently are in a 5"x7" binder and were handwritten by my mother.
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Joined: March 17th, 2006, 6:30 pm

March 8th, 2008, 7:48 pm #10

cooking ability. I have my mothers handwritten recipes, I love to look at them.
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