managing your recipes using Gmail labels

Have you ever stumbled across a delicious recipe on the internet? Do you write it down? Say to yourself you’ll remember it for later? Bookmark it? I don’t have many brilliant moments, but managing my recipes using gmail is one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.  Here’s how.

Create the label

Create a label in Gmail. If you’re using the new Gmail theme, go to Settings, then Labels to create a new label. I named my label “yum.” You can take this a step further and create addition labels for “savory,” “sweet,” “breakfast,” etc.

Whenever you come across a recipe you want to keep, email it to yourself and apply this label.

Search by ingredient or recipe

Once you’ve applied this label, it makes it really easy to search your recipes. If you have an ingredient you can search it and see what you can make with it. Make sure you search within the label by selecting the label. Your search box should look like mine.

It pulls up everything that uses corn. Here’s how I email myself the recipes, to ensure the best search results.

Tips on emailing it to yourself

If I’m not using a reader, I just copy and paste the text into the body of my email. I also include the source link so I can go back to the page and read the comments.

Using Google reader

Using Google Reader has really expedited the process. I subscribed to a bunch of tasty blogs. The reader client gives you the option to email the entire article to someone (or yourself). This is what the email looks like when sent from a reader.

It usually includes all images and has the link back to the source.

I know there are a lot of sites you can join with recipe boxes, but if you’re all over the internet looking at food blogs, this is a good way to keep all of your recipes in one place.

One thought on “managing your recipes using Gmail labels

  1. Great idea! Just as you say, I usually bookmark the page I found interesting and later found it inconvenient because I use multiple computers (depends on where I am). Good thing, I always keep my e-mail logged in when I am on my computer, so this is definitely for me ;) Thanks!

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