How do you track info for future use
Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:15 PM
"I played around today with a "new" way of extracting the flavor from the morels, borrowing from a Modernist Cuisine technique for infusing cream: I took four big morels, washed and chopped, and added them to about a half cup of cream and vacuum sealed it. I infused that sous vide at 185°F for 4 hours, and then used that as the cream for making a pasta sauce today. It was really effective, it amped up the morel flavor incredibly."
Such a great idea, of course gleaned from MC but a brilliant application. My problem is the aging brain cells. Don't have a need for that technique right now but it will be very useful at SOME point in the future.
Do any of you have any tricks, methods, smartphone apps or any other technique for storing, sorting and ultimate retrieval of miscellaneous bits of information like this?
EatYourBooks has come to the rescue for my cookbook collection now buyt don't know what to do with this sort of info.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:46 PM
I suppose you could do a similar thing with a text document on some sort of device, it'd be easily searchable that way. Pen and paper has just been easier for me to input.
Hmm, just occured to me, a blog would be a great way to archive all that information because you could easily include pictures and share it with people, and get their inputs via comments.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:25 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:25 PM
I use a simple paper file folder and a separate piece of paper for every "idea" or recipe concept. I highlight the title that I have written in large letters at the top and file them alphabetically. I like to handle paper but the same concept would be software adaptable.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:56 PM
My eG Food Blog (2011) ⋆ My eG Foodblog (2012)
Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:29 PM
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
I have a physical notebook too but find that for some things it's not quite what i'm after.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:40 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:48 PM
Until I read the post above I didnt even know OneNote was available on iPhones.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:09 AM
We have discussed kitchen journals in these past topics:
And here are some more answers when I posed a similar question recently...
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:55 AM
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:23 PM
I had a Palm Pilot and I loved it, I would prefer not to have left it behind. It had an excellent system for taking notes and I had a very extensive notebook in it. And then the hardware became obsolete and I had to upgrade. I gave it a great deal of thought and got an iPhone because I could synch what I had on the phone and what I had on my computer more easily.
Prying all of my data out of the Palm Pilot was a nightmare I vow never to repeat. When I did, I spent several weekends straight through copying and pasting and organizing files into something I call a NOTEBOOK on my computer. It's just a set of files of Word docs. I moved all cooking and food-related notes out of there and into a behemoth I created called COOKBOOK. COOKBOOK is an amazing work of art, if I do say so myself. It has everything in it. Recipes, books I'm writing, research, articles I capture of the the Web, etc., etc. If I need something to be mobile from COOKBOOK, I copy it to my Outlook Notes which will synch with the iPhone. I love that I can cross file -- for instance, if I'm thinking of making a recipe, I just copy the file and paste it into the file of stuff I'm wanting to make now. I print recipes out and throw them away after I've used them -- I copied all of my personal handwritten recipes into the digital file. I can also search. It does everything recipe software does to organize.
Why do such a nutty time-wasting thing? Because I read two stories on eGullet that gave me the willies:
Person number one lost her recipes in a fire.
Person number two had her recipes stolen by a burglar. (Yes! Can you imagine!)
I don't care to loose mine, so COOKBOOK is backed up in my safe deposit.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:50 AM
- a handwritten notebook: I love that because of the nearly 'ancient' feel to the idea, as well as being able to have something 'solid' in your and + you don't need a PC, the downside might be that you can loose it because of water (maybe use a waterproof book?), fire etc. + is it not easily searchable
- a wiki that I use mostly for keeping recipes that I share with friends (and for keeping ideas somewhere to find them), nice and easy, but I need the computer to use it (which is on most of the time anyways, but still...) It is searchable, but maintaining takes much longer than writing something down on paper
- magazines that I scanned, OCR'd and saved as a PDF, very nice for searching, placeing cross reference and comments, etc. downside is that it takes much (much!) work to do that and the results are not always very nice (especially when text is above a picture, not solid color). I would love if you could get PDFs directly from the publisher, they have them anyways, especially for the free magazines that many of the Austrian supermarkets have as a marketing tool...
- magazines & books that I still have on paper, often very nice to look at (especially if someone thought about typography etc.), hard to search through (I know that there are online platforms for that, but I still like the feeling of real paper, but I should try those)
Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:15 AM
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:57 PM
Even better, photos in Evernote are automatically OCR'd (text recognition) for any text in the image, so you can take a photo of, say, a bottle of wine you liked, and later when you want to look it up but can only remember it was a merlot, search for 'merlot' in Evernote and it will bring back any notes that show the text 'merlot' anywhere in the image.
That's pretty damn handy, if you ask me. It even OCRs handwriting pretty well..you can scribble out a recipe, snap a photo of it with your phone, and later when you're looking for that recipe featuring, say, squid, a search on 'squid' will bring it back for you, as long as you've written it vaguely clearly.
That, plus the ability to clip and save webpages or bits of them easily, makes Evernote a winner with me.
Edited by rarerollingobject, 30 March 2012 - 09:01 PM.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:17 AM
Of course I post on eG and then google it later as the need arises.
There's actually been a couple of times I've tried to figure something out, found an old post on eGullet that seemed relevant and only later realized that I was the one who posted it .