One Caution When Using Online Cookbooks (WFMW)

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I have at least 2 dozen hardbound cookbooks. I know. Old fashioned.

These days it is so much easier and faster to Googlepancake recipe for one,” “vanilla pudding recipe,” “perfect gravy,” or “What can I do with sweetened condensed milk, coconut and chocolate chips?

It may be easier and faster, but the results are not always better. At least that’s been my experience with the pancake, gravy, and pudding recipes. I even went to the more well-known sites like allrecipes.com, recipezaar.com, and cooks.com.

My Works-For-Me-Wednesday tip is to read the comments for the recipe. Look for what the trouble spots were. What common problems are in the reader/cooker responses.

Had I done that . . .

  • I would have learned that it was 2 teaspoons and NOT 2 tablespoons of baking powder for one of the recipes.
  • I would have known to keep on stirring the ingredients until it just reached the boil so as to avoid lumping.
  • I would have simply avoided this recipe all together because it did not produce anything like its promised name.

Just because it’s on the computer, it doesn’t mean it is right, better, or even plausible. Even though the site may be well known, it pays to take a few moments to check what the comments say.

Or else, grab one of your hardback cookbooks and follow a recipe that has been tested and loved for over many, many decades.

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  • 1. Karen  |  . at .

    My favorite online sites are the more reliable ones because the recipes have been tested before publication: http://www.foodnetwork.com, http://www.cooksillustrated.com (though you have to subscribe – we’re being especially frugal right now, so I can’t look at that one this year), and http://www.epicurious.com (the website for Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines)

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Karen, Thank you for those suggestions. I will have a look the next time I dare go to an online recipe link.

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  • 3. Sherry  |  . at .

    I love using the online cookbooks Recipe Zaar and All Recipes and Food Network especially Recipe Zaar I know has a menu feature, too. I try to read all the comments as well to figure out how the recipe can go better before making it.

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  • 4. lynette  |  . at .

    Good girl! You ate the chips & drank the iced coffee, know that is a proper kind of decluttering!

    I like the old fashion cookbooks too. Fun to read them.

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  • 5. Beth  |  . at .

    There’s nothing like having a tried and true cookbook right in your kitchen, is there?

    I think my favorite site for online recipes is RecipeZaar. As Sherry mentioned, they have a feature where you can save recipes that look good to you in your personal online cookbook.

    It’s fun to read the reviews on some recipes and see why people rate the recipe as either good or bad. Some reviews will say something like “I didn’t have any baking powder, so I used baking soda. And we’re eating healthy so I left out the butter and used whole wheat flour instead of white. I also used honey instead of the sugar and raisins instead of the chocolate chips. These cookies were TERRIBLE, my family hated them!!”

    DUDE…you didn’t make that recipe, you made something completely different! Of course it didn’t taste like the ones the recipe author made…duh. 🙂

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  • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

    Beth – I will check out RecipeZaar especially since its been mentioned several times.

    Duh indeed! I don’t make changes on a recipe until I’ve made it once. Then I know what I’m dealing with.

    So, you are a cat wrangler. Your site looks interesting. I will be visiting your place again. Thanks for visiting here. 🙂

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  • 7. Enjoyer of the Journey  |  . at .

    You know it’s funny that something as simple as reading past the directions and reading the actual outcomes is a thing most people have rarely, if ever, done! Thank you for sharing and reminding me to check on the stats of what I produce!

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