As the “programmer” around here, I realize it may seem like kind of a hassle to have to enter four pieces of information for each and every recipe ingredient (units, measurement, ingredient, and preparation). And I’ve noticed a few folks skipping that section completely, and writing their ingredients in the recipe description. Let me kindly, gently, lovingly offer you several reasons not to do this:
- Now that we have a recipe box feature, we’ll be adding a feature to make a “shopping list” from your recipe box. Very cool – but it will only work if the ingredients are filled in correctly.
- We’ve talked about adding nutrition information, and even pictures, of some of the more exotic items. Again, these need to be entered as ingredients, so that the system can have some idea of where to look for the food item names.
- Eventually, we want to add a “portion multiplier” feature – which lets you say “I want to triple this recipe” – and the system will do it for you. Very cool!
- Finally, someday we may add a search function that lets you find all recipes with a particular ingredient that you’re just dying to use. As you may suspect, this also requires that the ingredients for a recipe be entered correctly.
We’ve tried to make it easy to enter the recipe ingredients using that form, but if there’s any way we can make it easier on everybody, do let us know! We’re taking this route, even though it’s tougher on me to program, and more work to enter a recipe, because eventually there will be all sorts of cool features that it gives us.
So when you’ve got a second, it would be great if you could double-check that you’ve entered your ingredients correctly. Do it for the team! Yay!