The Best Grocery List for Home Cooks

Still using a paper list at the grocery store? You’re missing out. Go right from recipes to automatically-sorted time-saving lists. Text your list to someone else, or even share your list within your household. Watch this brief demo to see some of the things you can do with BigOven’s easy-to-use grocery list:

Comparing Recipe Organization Options

Are you a recipe collector? There are plenty of options for storing recipes you find on the Internet; a frequent question we get here at BigOven is how we compare to all the other ways of storing and finding recipes.

The short answer is that BigOven is a complete recipe, grocery list and menu planning system for home cooks. It doesn’t treat your recipes as a general “document”, it treats it as a structured recipe, with an ingredients section, an instructions section, nutrition information, images and more. BigOven brings your recipes to you — whether it be at the grocery store, kitchen counter, on vacation, or your living room sofa. Companion apps for iPhone, Android device, iPad provide full functionality, as does your web browser. Items added or changed on one device show up on the other devices, reflecting the changes you’ve made. You can easily add or remove recipes from your grocery list. You can resize recipes up or down. You can even invite members of your household to share and edit your grocery list and menu plan.

Alernative Ways to Organize Recipes

The three basic options we’ve seen people use are:

  • Pinning sites (e.g., Pinterest)
  • Document organizers (e.g., Google Docs, OneNote or Evernote)
  • Dedicated recipe apps (e.g., BigOven)

While pinning sites and document managers are usually simple and free, the disadvantage of these approaches is that they don’t really know it’s a recipe. As a result, they don’t let you easily resize it up or down, don’t let you add it to a grocery list (and have items automatically sorted by aisle for you), they don’t let you see nutritional information, they don’t let you convert it to or from metric, don’t consolidate ratings very easily, and many other features.

Option Notes Pros/Cons
Pinning sites: (e.g., Pinterest) See a recipe on the Internet? Pin it for a handy reference. You can search your recipes later. Easy to use Can't create a grocery list Can't create a menu plan Can't resize recipes Can't convert to metric Can't search excluding ingredients Can't calculate nutrition
Notes apps: (e.g., Evernote, OneNote or Google Docs) Easily paste in recipe documents. They're optimized for general document search. They don't know it's a recipe and it isn't structured as such. Easy to paste in images and complete copies of the original recipe. While they have good simple search, you can't do a structured search like "all my recipes that have chicken but don't have mustard in the ingredients list" Generally sync documents across devices Can't create a grocery list Can't create a menu plan Can't resize recipes Can't convert to metric Can't search excluding ingredients Can't calculate nutrition
Dedicated Recipe Organizers (e.g., BigOven) Built for recipes, grocery shopping and menu planning. Sync your grocery list within a household; add recipes to the grocery list or menu plan. It's a free service for up to 50 recipes, but more recipes than that requires BigOven Pro.

What sets BigOven apart is that we make the entire process of searching, making a grocery list, resizing recipes, and planning a menu simple, from start to finish. BigOven is a home cooking app designed by home cooks. We wanted it to be simple to use, and synchronize your recipe box, recipe folders, menu plan, grocery list and more available to you wherever you need it.

 

How to set up BigOven’s iOS Share Extension

The newly released iOS 10.4 contains the BigOven Share extension. Share extensions appear in the ‘share sheet’ window that pops up whenever you tap the share icon on your iOS device.

How to enable the BigOven Share Extension:

1) Open your favorite web browser on your iOS mobile device, then find a delicious recipe you’d like to save. Tap the Share extension.
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2) When the share sheet window appears, swipe left and choose ‘More’ option.
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 3) You will be in ‘Activities’ where you can toggle on/off and reorder your apps. Find BigOven and toggle it on.
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 4) To easily find BigOven next time you want to share, reorder the list and add BigOven closer to the top. Tap Done.
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 5) Now you’ll be able to see BigOven as a share option.
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That’s all there is to it. Start sharing more recipes and happy cooking!

BigOven for Android 5.2 release is now available!

Drumroll please! For you menu planners out there, it’s finally here! With this update, you can now enjoy the following features:

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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.

Happy cooking!

View all your recipe notes in one place

See all your recipe notes at a glance

Want to jot notes to yourself about a recipe? BigOven Pro members can keep private notes on recipes for tweaks, who you served it to and what they thought, or other general things you might not want to share publicly.

For quite some time, you’ve been able to jot notes on recipes, and they’re right there on the recipe detail screen when needed.

But sometimes, it’s useful to see them all at a glance. You can now view all your notes in one place on BigOven.com, in your “My Recipes” view. Recipe Notes are private, and not shown to anyone else. You can keep your own notes on who-liked-what, or what tweaks you’d like to make, what to serve it with, or maybe which guest(s) you served it to and what they thought of it.

How to add a recipe note

You can add or edit notes on any recipe detail page, via the web or via the BigOven app. Whatever you enter will sync across your devices.

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Edit notes on recipes on web

 

On the recipe detail screen, scroll down and click "Tap to Add a Note"
In the apps, on the recipe detail screen, scroll down and click “Tap to Add a Note”

 

How to view all your recipe notes

If you’d like to view all your recipe notes in one place, head to your “My Recipes” view, and click the (new) Note icon.

 

Click "My Recipes" then the note icon.
Click “My Recipes” then the note icon.

You’ll see them all in a paged list, most recent first.

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View all your private recipe notes on one page

BigOven aims to be the best-loved, most-used recipe app for home cooks. We hope this makes it even easier for you to make something great tonight. Haven’t tried BigOven Pro? You can get a free two week trial today!

New for PRO members – Download and backup your recipes

download-recipesWant to make a backup copy of your recipes? You can now download them as a single .ZIP file. Your recipes will be sent to you as a ZIP file of .html files, one per recipe, in hrecipe format, which is an emerging recipe markup standard.

To backup your recipes, simply visit your Account Settings area, click the “Account” tab, and then “Backup Recipes”. This feature requires a current BigOven PRO membership.

Here at BigOven, our goal is to build the best-loved, most used app for home cooks. And well over half our new features and improvements come straight from you. So please let us know what you’d like to see in future versions!

Easily Edit Private Notes on Recipes (PRO)

Want to make personal notes on a recipe, capturing taste preferences, who you cooked for, or things you might do next time? BigOven PRO members can easily add and edit notes on the recipe detail page on the web.

Simply visit the recipe detail, click on the Notes tab, and enter the notes. If you’d like to change the note later, just click on it, and the change the text in the popup.

(Android and iOS clients will soon have full recipe note updating functionality.)

BigOven PRO members can also clone and customize any recipe on the site — simply click the Edit dropdown on the recipe page and choose “Copy and Customize.” This creates a private copy just for you, where you can edit the ingredients and instructions to suit your taste.

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Edit notes on recipes

BigOven for iPhone 10.1 Release Now Available

iPhone-6--Screenshot--Homescreen--No-Background-2The latest update to BigOven for iPhone is now available! It’s free for all users.

It includes:

Add Notes to your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, click the “+” button, then ‘Add note’. Enter your note or meal idea, choose the date and meal, and then Done.

Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, simply click the “Edit” button on the left, then tap the recipes you’d like to add, then “Add to Grocery List” at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Photo to your recipes

In recipe detail, you can add a photo by tapping the 3 dots (…) and choose the option to ‘Add Photograph’.

Several bug fixes

Including an important one related to login. If you were having trouble signing in, please Sign Out and then sign back in again. (To sign out, click the alarm bell, then the gear, then Sign Out. Also fixed were a couple of crashing bugs, more efficient downloading for large accounts, and more.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” on the App Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!

 

Meet the all-new BigOven Android App Menu Planner

Let’s get planning!

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.

Getting Started

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.

Upcoming features

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!
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Introducing the All-New BigOven Android App: Cooking Simplified

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.

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The all-new BigOven gives you delicious, seasonal recipe ideas every time you launch the app.

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!

 

What’s new

  • 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.

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You can now follow food bloggers, like Half Baked Harvest, in 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.

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The Search area of the app (magnifying glass) gives you easy access to your search history, most recently viewed recipes, recent raves and more.

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.

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Tap to strike-through an item when you’re at the grocery store. A long press on each grocery line item allows you to edit the item.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming features

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!