Using Computer Software To Speed Freezer Cooking

Computers and cookbooks are a tasty combination!

Today's cooking software programs or cookbook apps make meal planning--even planning once for a month's worth of dinner entrees--nearly effortless.

Recipe junkies are in food heaven as the Internet shares thousands of recipes available for the downloading.

Improved import-export capabilities permit capture of recipes from on-line services or text files; software menu plan and shopping list functions spell an end to tedious hours of list-making.

Cooking software can create a freezer cooking menu plan in a matter of minutes, complete with shopping list!

While it's not possible to cover all options from the many cooking apps available, a few "computer cookbook conventions" make it easier to use your favorite software program more efficiently.

Be Consistent

Remember, your computer is a high speed idiot; it won't know that a bay leaf and a bayleaf are the same article.

When entering recipes into your cookbook app, pick your terms and stick your guns! Is it "hamburger", "ground beef" or "ground chuck"? Keeping ingredients consistent from recipe to recipe makes sure all your lists will be simple and complete.

Use Standard Measurements

To ease assembly of your shopping list and your cooking day game plan, standardize measurements and values across your cookbook.

Measure meat in pounds; list common convenience foods (canned tomatoes) by can sizes; note baked goods by the "each" (6 hamburger buns) not the "package" (1 package hamburger buns) whenever possible.

Your cooking app may assist you with dropdown menus or autocomplete functions; for example, Mastercook for Windows features pre-assigned measurements and values available for a click of the mouse.

Pay Attention To Amount Conventions

Be aware of common measurement/amount conventions when writing your cookbook.

For example, a medium onion, listed by the "each" is considered 1/2 cup of chopped onions. Decide how you'll spell out ingredient amounts in your app, and stick with it.

Watch Format Consistency

Finally, strive for a consistent format, especially when writing recipe directions.

Separate paragraphs by a carriage return or blank line; your courtesy will be appreciated when other users try to import your work into their software programs.