Paprika Recipe Manager Review

July 31, 2013 12 Comments

Paprika Recipe Manager Review

Paprika Recipe Manager for iPad, iPhone, Mac and Android

It’s four o’clock in the afternoon, what are you cooking for dinner?

Last week I wrote about the importance of meal planning and how adding a little bit of organization to your week can take the pressure off the late-afternoon rush to prepare a family meal. I’m going to admit right now, I’m not a very good menu planner but I’m willing to try and get better.

Personally, I like to look in the refrigerter and freezer to see what’s on hand and then come up with something at the last minute. This drives my wife crazy. She is very organized and likes to look through one of my current cooking magazines, find a few meals that look interesting, and prepare a shopping list to use at the market. This way we know exactly what we’re going to eat each night of the week.

This is a much more effiecient way to plan a weeks worth of meals and I have to admit it reduces the stress of coming up with something to cook at a moment’s notice. If only there was an app that could help me get organized!

Turns out there are plenty of them and I’ve tried quite a few but one of the most useful meal-planning and food-organizing apps I have come across is called Paprika, which allows you to easily manage your recipes and meals from your desktop computer, iPad, iPhone and now Android. And they all can be synced together in a “Cloud”.

When using Paprika, you avoid the uncertainty about what to cook for dinner, you save money when you visit the grocery store, and your ingredients and meals are organized ahead of time so that you are confident and well-prepared in the kitchen when dinner time rolls around. And how cool is it to have all your favorite recipes on hand wherever you go? Take a look at the features Paprika offers—it may be an extremely useful application for at-home cooks to purchase and download.

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Paprika Recipe Manager Features

So, you have no idea what to make for dinner for the week. The natural place to search for meal ideas is online. You know that your daughter has been craving chicken Parmesan so, to start, you browse the web until you find a suitable recipe.

Recipes and Meals If the web recipe you find is micro-formatted (and most big-name cooking websites are), all you have to do is hit “save” in the upper right hand corner of the page, and your chicken parm will appear on the “Recipes” homepage of your Paprika account.

For Tuesday night you find a nice tofu stir fry option from Martha Stuart; beef wellington for Wednesday found on Reluctant Gourmet; penne pasta with Bolognese sauce for Thursday taken from your grandmother’s recipe book—you get the idea.

After all your recipes have been either automatically saved or manually entered, they will appear on the recipe page and laid out in a meal-calendar that you have built for the entire week. Congratulations, you now have at least a loose idea of what you’re going to put on the table for dinner!

Categories

Paprika goes well beyond simply laying out your desired meal choices. The application allows you to categorize your meal choices and archive them, so that different recipes can be easily found in the future. For example, create a category for Italian dishes, seafood, vegetarian meals, sauces, pastas, and salads—the list is endless. The application comes with a few basic categories already listed, but you can add as many of your own as you want.
Your chosen meals for the week can also be organized as either a breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.

Ingredients and Grocery List

One of the best parts of Paprika is its ability to create a grocery list for you to use the next time your shopping for meals. You can click on a specific meal and add it to your “Groceries”, so that all the necessary ingredients appear in an items list on the bottom toolbar.

From there, you can go through the list and check off items that you already have in the house, so that the only ingredients that appear are the ones you need to buy at the store.

After you have created and edited your grocery list, the application allows you to either email the list to your smart phone, print out a hard copy, or cloud sync it to another application location. I prefer to have the list printed out so that I don’t have to walk around the grocery store looking at my phone, but it’s up to you which option you prefer.

Have all Your Favorite Recipes at Your Fingertips

My favorite part of this application is that you can access all your favorite recipes from a variety of sources in one place. You can search these recipes easily by category and continue to use them for future meals. Instead of lugging around a recipe book, you can bring your iPad into the kitchen with you or just pull up the app on your computer if you have one nearby. I like being able to bring all my favorite recipes with me when I’m traveling or on vacation.

Extra Features

After you have gone shopping and prepared your meals, you can delete recipes from your meal calendar or keep them archived in your chosen categories. You can also add notes to the recipes, rate them or manually, and edit any information you want.  Furthermore, you can change the size of a recipe to serve any number of people, and your ingredients will automatically adjust accordingly.

Cost

The Paprika app may seem a little pricey: the desktop version costs the most and is around $20 while the iPhone IOS, Android, and iPad application is about $5. This may seem a bit expensive but if you think about the cost of purchasing one cookbook (which could be up to 40 bucks), you are actually saving a lot of money. This is a cookbook that you have created yourself using your favorite recipes, and it’s something that you can continually update and edit.

Think about it. You can create your own electronic cookbook with thousands of recipes you find on the Internet. If you add a recipe and it doesn’t work out as well as you hoped, delete it and find one that’s better.
I’ve been adding some of my “as good as it gets” recipes from The Reluctant Gourmet web site to my Paprika but I also have dozens of others from some of my favorite websites.

You can find the app on iTunes Store or read more about it at Paprika.

Last modified on Fri 13 December 2013 5:13 pm

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  1. Julius says:

    Thanks for the detailed review about the Paprika recipe app. It sounds very interesting and seem like something worth trying out.
    Also I really enjoy your blog. I’m glad that you also focus very much on teaching about ingredients and are not recipe-based (as most blogs are).

  2. Mike Augustine says:

    I’m a convert from Mastercook V11 which did not have the features Paprika offered. However, since switching to Paprika on my iPad, and Android phones, I feel like a prisoner of Paprika. No longer able to use a Windows based application with my recipes on the iPad or handheld devices. No support for windows or even an export format to allow me to import into a windows recipe manager.

    Paprika imported my Mastercook exported recipes fairly well. But they do not offer the same export format so I can continue to have my recipes stored on my Windows laptop. In other words, once you switch to Paprika, you can not go back or even coexist with your old recipe application(s).

    Paprika supports import from several recipe formats including YummySoup, MacGourmet, MasterCook, MealMaster, Living Cookbook, Yum XML, and SousChef. However, once those recipes are imported, they are stranded inside Paprika, you can’t export to the same format you used to import and more importantly, you can’t easily share multiple recipes with anyone who does not use Paprika. This too bad, I just want to use Mastercook on my desktop and Paprika on my other devices.

    I DID ASK Paprika for help and was provided with a very condescending reply from their support team. They basically said find someone else to import Paprika’s export formats of HTML or .paprikarecipes.

    I guess it’s time to plan a strategy to go back to a program and app solution that’s more flexible than Paprika. Too bad, I really liked the features and functions in Paprika but I’m not willing to isolate all my recipes into an iPad/Smartphone only solution. Switching to a Macbook is not realistic at this time.

    • Bill in P.S. says:

      Thanks Mike for your comments. I had the same questions about Paprika not being PC AND iOS compatible. I think I’ll keep looking.

    • TIm says:

      I’ve bought the app for Android to share with a friend who uses Paprika, but based on your review I think I’ll look into Mastercook or something else. I can still continue to export to her from there apparently. I don’t like the idea of a software company forcing me to stay with them, though making an easy path for me to come in (for the sake of capturing my business). It’s a business model that indicates they want to keep me as a captive audience, and potentially don’t care to upgrade/maintain their product to compete in the market place of ideas/competitive software. Since they offer no trial version or limited free app they are already forcing me to jump to them to figure it out. I don’t mind that on the low cost app, but I think I’ll look elsewhere before spending my money on the Windows app. Thanks to reviews like this one, I have the ability to choose before I’ve lost my money on the Windows app.

      • Tim, all good reasons for trying something else, but I really enjoy my Paprika and find it to be the easiest app I’ve found to find and store my recipes as well as ones I’m interested in trying from various websites. I’m not sure if they don’t have a way to export files from their software if you decide to go with another product. Did you contact them to ask? Same with a trial versions or a limited free app – did you ask to see what they offer. I have the Mac version so I can’t speak on the Windows app but I know I get updates all the time including one for the recent Mack IOS update.

  3. Great Review!! I use Qollector to organize and share my recipes. It’s free for the iPad. It allows me to design my templates just the way I want and share via web, email etc. My mom and I have been swapping recipes 😉 It synch’s with a cloud back end so you never have to worry about losing something locally.

  4. Heather says:

    I love the Paprika Recipe Manager app which I have on both my iphone and iPad but I agree with the first commenter about lack of Windows functionality. However I did see on their website that as of June 2014 they say that due to popular demand they are now working on a Windows version, which, so long as it will sync with the iOS version will provide me my stored recipes regardless of which device I am using.

  5. Susan says:

    My gripe is if you buy this app for your Android phone and then decide to get an iPhone or a Windows phone, you have to buy a new copy of the app. Or if you want to use it on your Android phone, your iPad and your Windows laptop, you are required to buy the app for every platform. Ridiculous!!

  6. Rocket J Squirrel says:

    For those stumbling across this now-dated review & comments, there is a Windows application, and it works great, syncing seamlessly with mobile devices. One Windows license covers 3 PCs, and there is a free trial version.

    Mrs. Squirrel and I have been using Paprika for a few weeks and love it. It is well worth the few dollars to have this on multiple devices.

  7. walk says:

    Trial version crashes frequently on Windows 10 and support request so far: No response. Check their support website and they indicate:
    “Due to excessive abuse we no longer offer technical support.”
    Huh?
    Their website doesn’t even seem to mention Win10.

    Can’t justify $40 in apps for Mac and IOS at this time unless they respond to my support request.

  8. Larry says:

    I have and use Paprika all the time. Very good software.

    Question: If I purchase from Amazon a Kindle version of a cookbook, will I be able to transfer via copy/paste some of the recipes into Paprika?

  9. Gary Sankary says:

    Very functional, easy to use. Really annoyed however with how proprietary the software is. Once your recipes are Paprika, you can’t export or access them in any other tool, like Evernote or Excel. While you can use a windows and android version, I want to be able to export my shopping list to Evernote or Good Keep to use and edit on my phone while im in the store. That’s not an option. Too bad because I liked everything else about this software. That’s a deal breaker however, will keep looking.

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