What is Yummly you ask? Well, it’s a virtual recipe box, a recipe search engine on steroids, a smart phone app, a shopping list generator, and bar code scanner all wrapped into one cool tool! Let’s break down some of these cool features of Yummly.
Yummly is your virtual recipe box on the desktop or on the go with their smartphone app.
You may have noticed the “Yum” button above and below recipes on Analida’s Ethnic Spoon. I’ll use my recipe for Kofta Kari an example of how you can use the Yummy smartphone app. The desktop/website is virtually the same. If you setup an account on Yummly you can “Yum” a recipe on any site with a Yum button and add the recipe to your personal recipe box on Yummly. The recipe you have Yum’d will show up in your account under “My Yums” with all the ingredients, nutritional information and instructions. You can organize all your Yums into categories like sides, dinners, drinks, breakfast or any special groups you want to create. You can view all my recipes on Yummly on my personal profile page for Analida’s Ethnic spoon here. Pretty cool, huh?
Once you pull up a recipe you can see a list of all the ingredients and if you click or tap the green plus sign, it will add it to your shopping list. Tap on Nutrition and you will see a breakdown of the recipe’s nutritional values. If you tap directions you will be taken to the recipe site for the directions list. The “Health App” icon will send the nutrition data into your Apple Health App.
It gets better, let take a look at Yummly’s search.
Yummly Search Features: Filter on dietary preferences, prep time, cuisines, courses, nutrition, tastes and techniques.
Wow, that’s a lot of filters and the number of sub-filters is impressive. Here are screen shots of the filter list and some dietary preferences:
The dietary preferences have all those shown like lacto vegetarian, vegetarian, ovo vegetarian, paleo, pescetarian, and vegan. Allergy filters have dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, seafood-free, sesame-free, soy-free, sulfite-free, tree nut-free and wheat-free.
Prep-time has a slider that goes from no time limit down to 5 minutes varied by 10 minute increments. Courses has the typical; appetizers, beverages, breads, breakfast and brunch, cocktails, condiments and sauces, desserts, lunch and snacks, main dishes, salads, side dishes and soups.
The nutrition filter has individual sliders for calories, carbs, fat and cholesterol which is really slick and what is also very interesting is the “taste” filter below. Here I searched for “lamb” and set a nutrition setting and then set some taste settings to see what comes up.
The last filter is “techniques”. How do you want to get your cook on? Well, techniques gives you as a long list from baking, blending, boiling, braising, brining, broiling, browning, drying, frosting, frying, glazing, grilling, marinating, microwaving, poaching, pressure cooking, roasting, sauteeing, slow cooking, steaming, stir frying and stuffing. Whew, that is quite a few. Did I mention all the filters work in conjunction with each other? You can set them all to your liking and see what comes up. You can clear all the filters and start over too.
The Yummly shopping list: email or text it to your hubby.
So, you found the recipe you want to make, now you need some stuff at the store. It’s really easy to add the recipe ingredients to a list and send them out out via text or email. If you have some items in your pantry you need to stock up on you can use the barcode icon to bring up a scanner to scan in UPC codes to your shopping list. So here is my list for some of the ingredients for Kofta Kari, now I can text this over to Tom and send him to the store while I enjoy a glass of wine..