We’ve made a change in our add-recipe functionality: public recipes, once posted publicly, cannot be changed back to private.
Choose Public or Private at Recipe Posting Time
When you add a recipe to BigOven, you have an option to make it public or private. Once you choose to make it public, you cannot then make that recipe private. You can however still delete a recipe, and you can make a private copy of a recipe, but you cannot make that recipe private which you originally posted publicly. If you want to keep a recipe private, you must now choose “Private” at the time you create the recipe on BigOven. Recipes that are private can later be made public, but not the other way around.
You can add recipes in many different ways:
Type in the recipe into the web form (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
Copy and Paste from text (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
Clip a recipe from the web (these are public, with instructions leading off to the site in question)
Let BigOven type it in for you, via RecipeScan (these are made private by default)
Add the recipe via the free apps, by visiting My Recipes > Add Recipe (+)
Once a recipe is chosen to be public, that recipe’s public/private status cannot be changed.
Why the change?
BigOven is a community of cooks sharing our best recipes, plus powerful recipe organization software for personal collections. When recipes are shared publicly, any BigOven cook coming across that recipe might favorite them, add them to a grocery list or meal plan, or add them to a folder. If the author of that recipe then makes the recipe private, it can cause a “disappearance” of the recipe to those users who have marked it for later. Also, going forward, if you have a private recipe and, say, share it with someone via the special, coded URL, your friend will still have access to that recipe if they, say, add it to a folder or favorite it.
We want you to be able to enjoy the many delicious public recipes available to you, without ever worrying about that recipe becoming inaccessible.
So next time you add a recipe, please remember to ask yourself: Do you want to share it with the BigOven community or do you want to keep it to yourself? Take your pick. Happy cooking!
The BigOven Watch app helps home cooks with their grocery shopping experience
BigOven is launching its first-ever Apple Watch app today. The free app is available with the BigOven iPhone app in the App Store. Now grocery shopping for home cooks is as easy as a few quick taps on your wrist.
Enabling BigOven for Watch
Download BigOven’s 11.0.6 app version, then go to the Watch app on your iPhone. Launch Watch. In ‘My Watch’ tab, scroll until you find BigOven and tap on it. Slide to on position to show app on Apple Watch. Go back to My Watch main screen and tap ‘Dock’ to position BigOven as one of the apps you see in your Watch dock.
Adding Items to Your Grocery List
Add items as usual to your grocery list using your iPhone app or the website. The BigOven Apple Watch app will sync with your iPhone grocery list.
At the Store
Now when you go shopping, you can free up your hands for maneuvering your cart through the aisles, keeping your phone in your pocket or purse if you wish. Use your Apple Watch to tap items off your grocery list. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Do you like adding your own recipes to BigOven on your mobile device? We’ve just released a simplified version of the input form to help you out.
Now you can easily type in the most pertinent information for your recipe: recipe title, ingredients, and preparation. Visit your My Recipes area, and (Android) tap ‘add recipe’ or (iOS) click the Plus button.
Keep in mind you can also visit any desktop web browser, sign into your BigOven account, add the recipe, and those recipes will be synced with your mobile devices.
And remember, if you want to add recipes in other ways, you can use BigOven’s RecipeScan–take a photo of a recipe and we’ll digitize it for you — and our bookmarklet, Recipe Clipper.
BigOven is looking for cooks who like to use BigOven on their iPad. Come join our Early Access Program and provide us with feedback on the upcoming iPad redesign.
With an inside-track to development, you’ll have a chance to voice your opinion directly into the product development process. To get started, please send an email: Request early access to BigOven apps.
Now you can have a BigOven widget in your Today View
Can’t remember what you have planned for tonight? Or perhaps you need some recipe inspiration? The BigOven widget can help you figure out what’s for dinner.
Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications on your iOS device. You’ll see Today View with info on weather, news, stocks, and your favorite apps. Add BigOven to that view to easily access the BigOven app.
How do I add the BigOven widget to my Today View?
1. Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen or notifications screen on your iOS device to get to Today View. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.
2. Add the BigOven widget to the top section by tapping the + button. Reorder your widgets by touching and holding the three horizontal bars next to the apps.
3. Tap Done when you’re finished and you’ll see the BigOven widget in Today View. If you have something on your menu planner, the widget will show it to you. If you don’t use your menu planner, the widget will display our seasonal recipes.
Let us know what you think of the BigOven widget. What other uses can it be more helpful for you?
BigOven 10.4 release includes the BigOven Share extension
If you are a big fan of sharing, we’ve got something really useful for you! If you happen to be browsing around your mobile phone’s web browser, for instance, and find an interesting recipe, you can easily share by using the BigOven Share extension. How do I set it up?
How does it work?
1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to share. Tap the Share extension.
2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left until you find BigOven. Tap BigOven:
3) You’ll see a pop up appear with the recipe info. Tap ‘Post.’
4) Go to your BigOven app and tap on the Activity icon (bell). You’ll see a message about the recipe you just added.
Drumroll please! For you menu planners out there, it’s finally here! With this update, you can now enjoy the following features:
Change dates, servings, and meals in Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Menu Plan.” Add a recipe or note, choose a date, select a meal option, change servings if need be, and press ADD. If you change your mind, do a long press on the recipe or note and a screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the save icon when you’re done.
Remove recipes and notes from Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes you’d like to remove. Once selected, tap the trash icon to delete. Another option is to do a long press on the recipe or note. A screen appears to allow you to make changes. Tap the trash icon to delete.
Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner
In the Menu Planner, tap “+” and choose “Add to Grocery List.” Select the recipes and notes, then press ADD TO GROCERY LIST located in the upper right corner. Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and select recipes or notes. Once selected, tap the grocery icon and your items will be added to the grocery list.
Share your plan with friends and family
In the Menu Planner, tap the share icon and select recipes or notes you’d like to share with friends and family. Another option is to tap the edit icon (pencil) and make your selection. Once selected, tap the share icon to send to friends and family.
Marked Grocery List items get out of your way
And for you shoppers out there, we haven’t forgotten about you! Marked items now automatically move to the bottom of your list, making shopping faster and easier.
You can find the update by searching “BigOven” in the GooglePlay Store, or this link.
Eating out can quickly rack up costs and calories. Why not plan your meals to help save time and money? Plus, get the added benefit of spending time with your loved ones over a delicious, more nutritious, homemade meal. Meals enjoyed at home create memories, stories and conversations. The new BigOven menu planner makes it easy to plan meals ahead of time.
Get started with over 350,000 recipes on BigOven or get inspiration from our Get Ideas section. Choose a recipe that strikes your fancy, go to recipe detail, and add it to the menu planner by tapping the red (+) button and choosing Menu Planner. Pick the date and meal option of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the menu planner, you can access all of your recipes — Favorites, Try, Added, as well as Custom Folders if you’re a Pro subscriber. To add a recipe to the menu plan, tap the red (+) button to type in one of your recipes, then pick a date and meal option. Opting for takeout or have a certain wine to pair with dinner? Add notes as a reminder or to help you plan what you’re making.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can plan meals a week at a time or a month out. It’s up to you.
We will be adding a handful of features and improvements to the menu planner in the coming months: the ability to edit recipes, transfer items from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think about the redesign. Leave a comment below or send us feedback. Thanks and happy cooking!
We’re proud to be introducing a brand new version of our Android app next week! Want to get a sneak peek now? Join our Early Access Program.
The BigOven app for Android is a ground-up rewrite that we started in our studio over a year ago. We’ve taken the things you love about BigOven — recipe lookup, shopping and sharing — looked closely at each area, and made them better. We’ve streamlined them and added some important new capabilities. We’ve added new ways to see the activity of the cooks you like, follow new ones, and see the activity on recipes most relevant to you. Our goal is to make it even easier for you to get a delicious homemade meal on the dinner table.
We aim to be the most-used, best-loved app for home cooks. We want to help the home cook as they cycle through discovery, planning, shopping, preparation and sharing meals every day of the week. We constantly look at each of those activities to see how we can make it easier.
We need your feedback below
We’ve put a lot of work into this app, but we know we couldn’t possibly get it all perfect in one go. So please, help us help you. Our development team is reading the comments section below, so let us know if we’ve missed something important to you and we’ll be sure to consider it for a future update. We plan updates for the indefinite future, so let us know what would make your tasks as a home cook, menu planner and grocery shopper easier!
Get inspiration from friends, family and food bloggers
Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
Shop faster at the grocery store, including off-line and household account sharing
Get around the app faster with clearer navigation
See activity on your recipes with an all-new Activity view
All-new technical foundation: fully rewritten in Swift, with a new back-end to power it
Get inspired by your friends, family and favorite food bloggers
Now, when you join or link by Facebook, you’ll see all your friends that use BigOven, and can follow them. When you follow a cook, you’ll see recipes they love (rate 4 or 5 stars) right in your home screen feed. You’ll also see recipes added by your favorite bloggers, who you can also follow right from the app.
BigOven makes recommendations for you the more you use it
BigOven will bubble up recommendations based on how you’re using it. Our goal is to help you get unstuck, and eliminate that “what am I going to make tonight?” problem we all encounter.
Getting around BigOven is easier
BigOven’s navigation has been streamlined to get you quickly and easily from one feature to another. Whether it’s getting recipe ideas on your home screen, accessing your own recipes, creating a grocery list, making a meal plan or checking on messages, it’s all within easy reach with our updated navigation bar.
Activity keeps you up-to-date
View your messages in one place. Find Facebook friends who are also on BigOven. Get a message if someone comments on a recipe you’ve posted, if an action has been done on a recipe you’ve commented on, or if someone has @mentioned you. Personalize your profile page by adding a photo, see your recipe count, along with how many cooks you follow and how many cooks are following you.
Find recipes even faster with all-new Search
Looking for a recipe? Just type in the title, ingredients or any keyword. You can get back to all the recipes you’ve viewed recently by tapping on the magnifying glass and then “All Recipes”. More recipes are displayed on each screen, and related recipes are shown to you right on the recipe detail screen.
Searching is faster
Some searches of your recipe collection are done locally on your phone, making them very fast. Plus, with an all-new search back-end, you’ll find many common searches are faster than in the old app, particularly seasonal collections.
Autocomplete saves you typing
BigOven now autocompletes your recipe searches with some of the more common recipe titles. (If you don’t see it suggested for you, be sure to search anyway; these are just the most common recipe titles.)
BigOven remembers your most recently viewed recipes
Enter your search, and you can choose to target all the recipes or just your own recipes. BigOven shows you the most recent recipes you’ve viewed. And a handy autocomplete will suggest searches for you based on what you’re typing.
Tap the magnifying glass and choose how you’d like to search within the app. Are you on a quest to discover new inspiration from BigOven’s 350,000 recipes? Or would you prefer to locate a specific recipe in your recipe box? Or would you like to find a particular cook, blog or website on BigOven? We have many options for you to choose.
Faster, Shared Grocery List
We recently debuted a shared grocery list and with our redesigned app, it works even better. Now your household can have a common grocery list and you can avoid unnecessary return trips to the store.
We’ve added enhancements to make our grocery list easier to use as you add items, sort by department or by recipe, and mark off or delete as you grocery shop:
Tap on an item to strike it (tap again to unstrike it)
Edit an item by doing a long press on the ingredient name
It’s faster — far fewer “synchronizing with server” moments
It’s local — you don’t have to be connected to the server to use it
Multiple BigOven accounts can share the same grocery list
We will regularly update the app to add features and improvements. We are in fact in the midst of adding more features to menu planner. Future updates will include: the ability to edit recipes, add recipes from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
BigOven continues to help home cooks get inspired and organized, in the kitchen and on the go. Give our redesigned app a try! Sign up for Early Access if you want to get the latest version before anyone else.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think! Happy Cooking!