September 10, 2015
Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your cooking.

Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your cooking.

Technology makes our lives easier (and sometimes more difficult). If you’re enrolled in Texas cooking culinary arts courses, you may be already using technology to learn. However, there are still many ways to incorporate technology into your cooking practices that can save you time, money and energy.

Organize your recipes online 
Have you ever looked for a recipe but couldn’t find it? Then it’s time to throw out the messy papers and recipe note cards. Instead, try organizing your recipes on your computer. Google Drive is a great place to store them. You can take notes, keep track of changes and copy and paste from various sites and blogs. It even allows you to share with others. Using Google Drive will also save you time. Recipes are instantly searchable with just a few clicks. Can’t remember the name? You can search by ingredients or date so that you can get what you’re looking for, and it doesn’t take all day to do so.

If you’re looking to move from paper to online but don’t have time to convert all your archives, the app BigOven can help. It give you access to a recipe scanner. This allows you to take photos of your cookbooks, note cards or any other hand-written recipes. The app costs money but also comes with numerous bonuses such as nutritional information and menu planners. The app is currently available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK and Windows phone so you can have it with you wherever you go.

Pin it
One of the most popular social media sites on the web is Pinterest, and with good reason. Pinterest allows you to organize all your recipes in one place. The site is like an online catalog for all things cooking. Pinterest is very visual, with pictures to accompany all your posts, and also those by other users. Because it’s a social media site, it also promotes an online community for people who cook for fun or professionally. Users can follow one another, comment on each other’s posts and repost recipes. This way, you can share with other people and learn tips and tricks, all from your phone or tablet.

Get nutritional content easily
There’s a myth that chefs don’t take health into consideration when they’re crating different dishes. However, by popular demand, more and more cookbooks and blogs are including nutritional content of their recipes. Instead of relying on online websites and the back of food labels, try investing in this unique scale.

This scale connects with the app Countertop and pulls from a database of over 300,000 foods. It provides illustrations and content for proteins, carbs and fats so you can see the full value while you cook. This way, you can add or subtract any ingredients to balance your meal. The scale weighs up to 15 pounds of food at a time. This is great if you’re cooking for someone with any dietary restrictions or if you just want to lighten up a meal.