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Pinterest is a social media website where you can bookmark a particular recipe, clothing, or any other thing and watch it again and again. It is just like tearing up a recipe from an old magazine and pinning it on the fridge so that you will remember to make it, only digitally.
Pinterest helps you in selecting the recipes and saving them in a folder on your account and thereby minimizing the clutter caused by the magazines.
Sometimes it so happens that you take out some recipes from the magazines you want to try, and you put them with other recipes and feel that there are just too many of them, and you stop putting any more effort into it. Pinterest is a new and modern version of the magazine clipping.
Pinterest includes many features that are built-in at the start, and you must set them up correctly. These features force you to make an organization for all your recipes to make them, and the recipes are not just lying around in papers.
Before we start talking about the Tips and Tricks of Using Pinterest, let us have a look at the Advantages and Disadvantages of it:
Advantages of Pinterest:
- It is paperless and free.
- To create a Pinterest account, you do not need to put your credit card details, just like you must buy the magazines to read them.
- On the website, just with one click on the pin button, you can attach the picture of the recipe with the source website it came from.
- One can use Pinterest not only from the web but also from its app through smartphones or tablets. So, you can either save it on your laptop or your smartphone, wherever you want.
Disadvantages of Pinterest:
- Every good thing has one or two flaws in them, and so does Pinterest. The biggest flaw that Pinterest carries is that it only shows the recipes found on the web. So, if someone has made their recipe, you cannot share it.
- There are plenty of recipes that you will find in a cookbook and not online. And since Pinterest does not allow you to share any recipe, not on the web, those recipes will remain in the book only.
- Anyone who has done blogging or knows how it works also knows that sometimes the page gets deleted or the URL of the recipe you saved gets deleted. If such things happen, then you have lost all the recipes you saved.
Setting Up Your Pinterest Recipe Board
Your setup must be good, especially if you want to organize your recipes on Pinterest. The essential step of using Pinterest in the right way is to set up good board categories. This means that you do not want to label all your recipes in the “recipe” column, but divide them maybe cuisine wise, category wise, etc.
The advantage of creating different boards is that whenever you wish to pin and save a new recipe, it will automatically show you which folder to choose from and where to save it. In this way, not only are your recipes organized, but you will be more than willing to try them too. Hence, before you start using Pinterest, make a category of all the recipes you want to save.
You can create as many and whatever type of category you wish. There is no right or wrong name that you can label it too. For reference, you can also check some local categories, which are already there on Pinterest made by other people.
Pinterest also has different boards for recipes that you have tried and your favorite recipes. So, when you wish to make something for your family, you will not need to search for hundreds of recipes first.
One more advantage of the boards in Pinterest is that you can put two or more boards for one recipe, like, if you have a recipe labeled as “Tried and Favorite,” you can also label it as “Recipe For Family” this is also called as duplicating your pins. This is way easy when you are searching for recipes to make for your family or date night, kids, etc.
Few Tips and Tricks for Organizing Recipes Using Pinterest
Whenever you find a recipe on Pinterest or even on the Internet, the text is suggested to you for the description, make up some time before you start editing that description.
For example, you found a beautiful cake on Pinterest, and you want to put it in the pin “Best Birthday Cake for Kids,” tag it and edit the description later. It is now your Pin; you can edit them whenever you want.
Similarly, when you are making any particular recipe, and you find that your husband loved it, your son loved it, but your daughter didn’t like it at all, feel free to mention that in the description. In this way, you can also help other people by explaining what your daughter did not like.
What you need to remember is that these are your pins now; you are not subjected to just one type of description. You can change them whenever and however you want.
Delete Old Pins
Be it the old way of taking the recipes out from a magazine, or the new way by organizing them on boards; there are some recipes which you end up not liking. There can be some recipes that are good to read, and you start making them too, but when you taste it, it does not feel right.
There can be many factors for why a particular recipe is not to your taste. Maybe some ingredient doesn’t soothe your tastebuds, maybe there is dairy in it, maybe you have diabetes, and others are not. There can be plenty of reasons as to why you do not like a particular recipe.
So, when you do not find a recipe that fits in your family, delete it. Do not feel shy or afraid. You can always save the best ones and delete the ones you find vague. It is just like the digital decluttering of the recipes. However, if you feel that you want to save this recipe and make it for someone else who has a taste for it, then save it. After all, it is your Pin.
Like earlier, we talked about duplicating pins, wherein you can create more than one Pin for a particular board. Similarly, you can move them from one board to the next. And you can do it similarly like you created more pins, by editing it.
This step comes when you have collected almost all your recipes, and now you want to make your organizing game better. First, create all your boards and then move your pins to their respective boards, and yes, it will take time considering how many pins you have. You can also add or subtract anything from the description now.
Only move a particular pin if you find it worthy enough to cook in the future. The one which you are sure that you will cook in the future and are going to love it for sure.
Search Feature on Pinterest
The search feature is available on almost all the websites and is quite helpful. However, on Pinterest, it is just okay. Yes, it is helpful too, but remember when you are searching for a particular recipe, click on “your pins” to show the recipes you have saved and not the rest.
If you have time, you can quickly search your organization folders, but if you quickly want to make something for the end moment arrival of guests, use this search feature and save your day.
Organizing Recipes on Pinterest is easy, and it helps you to create pins for recipes that you want for yourself, or your family, or for the guests. By creating multiple pins, duplicating them, and moving them, you can organize your pins and save a lot of time.
You can also delete the pins which do not suit either your taste or that of your family’s.
Organizing Recipes in various categories like comfort food, kids friendly, date night, weekly dinners, healthy recipes, etc. helps you not search millions of them again and again; instead, save them, try it and put up “Tried and Favorite” Pin on it.
The next time you want to make something that is both delicious and agreed by all, you have it under this category.