My Recipe Jar – social networking with food

I love looking at cook books – ‘looking’ being the operative word. Most of my favourite recipes are from friends and family, copied onto various bits of paper and jammed into a higgledy-piggledy mess in my recipe folder. Likewise, the recipes most often requested from me are for tomato relish and tuna mornay (hardly gourmet but my recipes for these are extra-delicious and family-pleasing).

My Recipe Jar is a clever new app that is basically social-networking for recipes. Connect with friends and family by pooling recipes. The app allows you to store (type or simply take photos), edit, use and share all of your favourite recipes. Best of all, it means you always have lists of ingredients at your fingertips.

My Recipe Jar was created by two friends living in Sydney, Emma and Ritu. As mums to six kids under the age of five, they fully appreciated the time pressures of family life and the need to have tasty and reliable recipes at hand. When the question “What are you cooking tonight?” came up over and over during playground discussions, the idea for My Recipe Jar was born.

The app has a number of notable features – I like the way you can quickly create shopping lists (from the ingredients listed in your recipes as well as adding anything else that you need) and equally quickly cross things off your list (a simple swipe of your finger and the shopping list item is ‘crossed out’). It’s far less fiddly than most shopping list apps.

Obviously it takes a little time to set up your recipes in My Recipe Jar but it’s time well spent. The convenience of having everything in one spot (as opposed to the overflowing folder of paper that I have) is fantastic. Perhaps convince your friends of the same by having a little My-Recipe-Jar-input-afternoon-tea (or afternoon cocktails if preferred)?!

My Recipe Jar is $1.99 and is available from iTunes.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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