Nowadays my family sees me more with my laptop on the kitchen counter than my recipe file or a cookbook when I decide to cook something. Over the last year or so I have started saving recipes to .PDF instead of printing them out on paper. The benefits are many!
- Easier to organize. Make as many folders and subfolders as you like!
- Eco-friendly…uses less….well…NO paper.
- Save the recipe WITH the pictures…just the way it appears on the website you got it from.
I’m sure there are more…but these are enough for me. Plus, I’m a geek of sorts…and I just like using my laptop as a cookbook. :-)
Here are a few screen shots of my Recipe “Book”.
This is my computer’s directory. I have a folder called Recipes in my Documents folder. So far I’ve only organized them into Gluten-Free and everything else.
All you do is click on any of your .pdf files in the folder you have them saved in, and the full recipe will open up in Adobe Reader.
(If you don’t have Adobe Reader, you can download it HERE.)
Here’s how to start your own 21st Century Recipe “Book”. :-)
First, head on over to cutepdf.com and download their FREE PDF Writer program. It’s 3.9 MB’s and took me less than a minute to download.
Using CutePDF Writer to create PDF document:
DO NOT look for any application to run. Just print your document using CutePDF Writer (the printer) to get PDF output.
1. Open your original document and select Print command in File menu of your application to bring up Print dialog box.
2. Then select CutePDF Writer as the Printer to print (DO NOT select “Print to file” option).
3. You will get a Save As dialog box prompt for saving created PDF file.
Select a folder to Save in and enter a File name, then click on Save.
4. Go to that folder to find your PDF file.
If you run across a recipe you like online (like THIS ONE I found today!!!)…click on the “Print Recipe” link/icon and follow the same directions as above.
It’s as simple as that. If you have any questions…leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out.