Have you ever heard of Yummly? I had heard of it before, but never really tried it out. It was suggested to me recently, as a food blogger, as a great resource to get my recipes in front of more people, and to help organize my recipes.
A few months ago, I did a post about a bunch of free options for digitally organizing your recipes, and surprisingly, Yummly didn’t come up when I was looking into alternatives. Although, I was searching for places to input your own recipes, and Yummly is all about having a place to save all the recipes you find around the web in an organized way. Sure, you can mark bookmarks, but on Yummly you can categorize your recipes and search for new ones.
If you are someone who loves to save recipes you find all over the web, then Yummly is a great option. I know a lot of people use Pinterest for this, but you don’t have as many options for putting the recipes in more than one category. For example, you may want to have one category for dinner, and another category for vegetarian options. Yummly lets you add a recipe to multiple categories so you can easily find what you are searching for.
The other significant advantage of Yummly is the way the recipes are processed. From the website, you get to see an image of the recipe, as well as the ingredients. It also estimates the number of calories and pulls the cook time. On Yummly, you can switch between US and Metric measurements, and even order ingredients on their Instacart (I haven’t tried this yet so can’t tell you how it works).
Another aspect I love about Yummly is the added nutrition information. Again, this is all estimated, based on the ingredients and the amounts, since it doesn’t know exactly which brand you will be using when you cook. There is a breakdown of the number of calories, sodium, fat content, protein, carbs, and fiber. Then you can click on “view more” to see more detailed information.
Just remember, these numbers are estimates, and you have to see what it is considering a serving. For example, my Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies are showing extremely high numbers, but Yummly is saying there are only 4 servings in the recipe. That would be equivalent to eating about 6 of the cookies, which I would hope wouldn’t be eaten in one sitting.
There are multiple ways to save a recipe to Yummly, the easiest is to use the Yum button on a website if it is installed. Check out the share buttons on the left side of the screen (on desktop), or the bottom (on mobile) and one of them says Yum. If you click on that, it will save that recipe to your Yummly account. You can also install a browser extension for websites that don’t have a Yum button directly on them.
I recently starting using Yummly from a blogging perspective as another platform to get more views on my recipes. Since Yummly is searchable, this means that my recipes could be found organically through the website if someone searches for keywords or ingredients.
There is also a way to get featured, which happens by having many people add the recipes to their Yummly account. I am hoping to start adding the recipes as I create them, and would love for you to do the same!
It’s effortless to create an account for yourself, and once you are logged in, anytime you click on a Yum button around the web it will automatically be added to your recipe box. Then you can go to your account and categorize the recipes in whatever way you would like that makes the most sense to you.
Within your account, you can set your facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and website. On each recipe, there is a share button, so you can easily share the recipe to your social media accounts as well.
I am still working on getting most of my recipes processed through Yummly, but eventually, you will be able to find my recipes all on my Publisher page there at https://www.yummly.com/page/youaremysonshine.
Do you use Yummly? What do you like or dislike about it? Has it helped you find new recipes?
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