Making Grocery Shopping Easier: ZipList Comes to Cook the Story
Recipe Lovers! Meet your new best friend. I’m excited to tell you that Cook the Story now offers ZipList – the must-have shopping list that makes life easier.
Many of you may already use ZipList on other sites. For those of you who aren’t familiar, I’m going to help you understand it. It’s really cool and I think you’re going to love it.
Using ZipList you can add ingredients from any of my recipes to your shopping list with one click. You can add other items (staples like milk, butter, etc.) as well. And you can add ingredients from recipes from other sites too.
You can also use ZipList like a Recipe Box where you save recipes that you’d like to try later on. ZipList helps you keep all your favorite recipes from all your favorite sites in one organized place – on the web or on-the-go with the free ZipList mobile app. What could be better?
For those of you not already using ZipList, I have a little tutorial for you here.
So what do you do?
Go to any of my recipes and click Save (right under the food photo).
If you don’t already have a ZipList account, it will let you create one. I just signed up by logging in through Facebook. That’s the easiest thing to remember.
Once you’ve signed in or signed up, you’ll see that the recipe you’ve saved has been added to your ZipList Recipe Box. See below where it tells you “You added Grilled Strawberry Shortcake….” So you know you’ve succeeded in adding the recipe. From here you can click on Go To Recipe Box to see all the recipes you’ve saved.
This is what your Recipe Box will look like:
If you hover over a recipe picture you can then add that recipe to your meal plan. Or you can add the ingredients from that recipe to your Grocery List.
Let’s pretend that we’re making a grocery list. If you hover over a recipe and then click A to List it pops up a box with all the ingredients for that specific recipe. Each ingredient has a checked check boxes beside it. So if you already have some of the ingredients, you can uncheck them and then they won’t show up on your list.
Here’s where it gets really (really really really really) cool. It then sorts the ingredients into categories. So if you’ve added a bunch of recipes to your list for the week, it then sorts all those ingredients for you. In the picture below you can also see the navigation tabs where you can easily navigate from anywhere in ZipList back to your Lists or to your saved Recipes. It even suggests grocery deals for you.
Two final things to note. 1) The whole time that you’re playing around in ZipList, you’re not on the Cook the Story site. But it’s always easy to get back here. Just click on ALL or any of the Recipe Categories (Appetizers, Desserts, Drinks, Mains, Sides) and you will find yourself back with me.
And when you’re on Cook the Story, you can always get back to your saved ZipList recipes, meal plans and lists but clicking on Recipe Box.
I hope this helps you find and organize delicious food online and that it makes your meal-planning and grocery-shopping easier every day. If you think of other things I can do to help make your food life simpler, let me know. Or send me a question about your challenges. I answer questions from readers in my weekly newsletter. If I answer yours, I’ll send you $25 in free yogurt coupons (and a bonus extra $25 during the month of June!). I’m always delighted to help you any way I can.