Alright, here's the nitty gritty. If you're clipping or typing in a recipe to your personal recipe library, you'll want to format ingredients so that we can recognize them for your best grocery list possible. This will allow us to combine ingredients properly on your grocery list and also find the correct products when submitting groceries for delivery (optional).
In most cases, you can just type what you think makes sense & we'll do a good job of interpreting the ingredient and measurement. But just in case, here are a few tips:
- Make sure each ingredient has a quantity. (1 cup, 2 teaspoons, 3 pounds) Ingredients without quantities are listed separately on the grocery list to ensure you buy enough. Enter quantities as numbers (1, not "one").
- Abbreviate measurements logically. (ex: tablespoon as T or tbsp) We'll recognize all the common ones!
- Write the ingredient as clearly and simply as possible. Many recipes from blogs include long preparation notes in the ingredients line. If possible, exclude these from the ingredient and put them into the directions or notes field.
- Only list one ingredient on each line. We are only able to recognize one ingredient per line, so make sure to separate those out. (For example "1 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger" will only be recognized as "1 teaspoon of ginger")
- List substitutions in the notes, not in ingredient lines. If a dish can be made with any herb or spice, etc., choose the ingredient you would like to appear on your grocery list (see #3).
- If you’re having trouble... If you can't seem to get canned items (or anything else) to be correctly recognized, you can always get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org