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Why & how to correctly make your recipe printable #blogathon2

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Make your recipe printable

This is a mini challenge for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, a twice yearly blogging marathon but anyone is welcome to read and use the information. However if you are signed up for the blogathon or you sign up and participate before the end of the blogathon, completing this mini challenge improves your chances of winning a prize. The blogathon is June 22-25. If you are participating in the blogathon, please do not complete this challenge until the blogathon has started.

I post a lot of recipes and from feedback from my readers, they seem to enjoy them.  In order to make it easier for them to try the recipes themselves, I make each of my recipes printable.  That way they can print the recipe out and reference it while they’re shopping and cooking.  There are a variety of ways you can make your recipe printable depending your blog platform.  I started out blogging on Blogger and used method number one while I was on that platform.  A few months ago, I switched to WordPress and now use method number two.  Method number one will work on WordPress as well as Blogger if you find you like that one the best to make your recipe printable.

Method 1 to make your recipe printable:

1.  You have to have a Google account which you should have already if you have a Blogger blog.

2.  Go to Google Sites and log in.

3.  Click on Create New Site. This will open a new page where you can enter your information. It should look like this picture below.

how to make a recipe printable instructions

4.  Leave it on Blank Template.  Where it says Name Your Site, type in your blog name.  Site Location should be a the name of your blog with no spaces like confessionsofanoverworkedmom. Type in the Captcha code and up at the top of the screen click the orange Create button.

5. Now you should see your sites. Your screen should look like this with your site listed.

6.  Click on the link with your site name. Your screen should look like this.

7.   I’m going to show you how to make your recipe printable using my Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pizza recipe as an example. You’ll need to do this for each recipe you want to make printable.

8.  Click the New Page icon in the upper right hand corner. It looks like a sheet of paper with a + on it.

9.  This will bring up the new page. Your screen should look like this:

10. In the box that says Name Your Page, you should put in the name of your recipe.

11.  Click the orange Create button in the upper left hand corner. Your screen should look like this:

12. In the blank box below the title, paste in the text of your recipe from your blog. I don’t generally include photographs because people don’t like to print those and use up a bunch of ink.

13.  Click Create Page. Check to make sure everything is good and then click the blue Save button in the upper right hand corner. At the bottom of the screen is the word Print. Click on that to see the printable version of your recipe.  It should look like this:

14. Copy the URL at the top of the screen and then go back to your blog post that has the recipe in it.

15.  Edit your recipe post and include Printable Recipe (or whatever text you like) and link it to the URL you copied from the last step.  It will result in a post that looks like this:

16.  When they click on the words “printable recipe” they will be brought to the printable site page you created and be able to print it out.

Method 2 to make your recipe printable:

If you’re on WordPress, making a recipe printable becomes much easier. There are a variety of recipe plug ins available however they are NOT all created equally.  Several of the recipe plug ins available store the HTML for your recipe off site (not on your blog).  That means that if the plug in has issues and you need to remove it or if the plug in stops working, the recipe will no longer appear on your site.   After all the work creating the recipe and photographing it, the last thing I want is for all my hard work to disappear. The only recipe plug in that I have found that still continues to store the HTML of your post on your blog is Easy Recipe (http://www.easyrecipeplugin.com/).  Simply install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard.  Then click on the icon that looks like a man in a chef’s hat.

make your recipe printable

Once you do that, a box will pop up where you can enter your recipe.  Just type in the information into the appropriate spots.

Making your recipe printable

You cannot place photographs in the Easy Recipe widget so you’ll need to put your photos either before or after the widget like you normally would. You can see an example of a recipe I created using Easy Recipe on my Gnocchi with White Beans recipe.

How to complete the challenge to make your recipe printable:

1.  Post a recipe on your blog and make it printable using one of these methods or make a recipe you have already posted in the past printable using one of these methods. Leave a link to the post in the comment section below.

2.  Retweet that you completed the challenge to make your recipe printable using the tweet box below (just click retweet) and leave a link to your tweet.

 



About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. Thank you! This is awesome. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Clarinda Olenslager says:

    I’m excited to try it too. I have lots of recipes to add to my website and some already on that could be changed. Thank you.

  3. Thanks Ellen, I’ve been meaning to look into this for a very long time. I am going to bookmark this and add it to my to do list! ;)

  4. I had a lot of fun (and only a little trouble) making the plug-in work.  Its very cool!  This came just in time, since I’m posting a recipe for a virtual potluck on Sunday.  When it does go live, the link will be 
    http://annodle.com/4th-of-july-potluck-with-the-ladies/
    Thanks for the great information!

  5. Seems kind of confusing, and a lot of work, BUT I really like the blogs with printable recipes, so I’m going to give it a try.

  6. Wooohooo! It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Thanks so much!
    Here is my post http://homemaidsimple.blogspot.com/2012/06/foodie-friday-simple-pasta.html

  7. Thanks for the tip! I tried the first one: http://www.simplystacie.net/2012/05/sparkling-grape-lemonade-recipe/

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/scentednights/status/215175099731558401

  8. Clarinda Olenslager says:

    http://ajewelinthemaking.com/2011/09/crockpot-pears-recipe.html Redid an old recipe. Need to do more of my recipes.

  9. Clarinda Olenslager says:
  10. Shai Smith says:

    Thank you SO much for this! What an awesome little trick to have up your sleeve!!
    I redid an old GuestBlogger’s pasta recipe. ♥

    http://www.thevagabondstudio.com/2012/05/healthy-in-hurry-guestblogger-laura.html

    https://twitter.com/vagabondstudio/status/216626576350126080

  11. Here is my tweet: https://twitter.com/MsMissy62/status/216679900202012674

    AND my recipe!  http://kidsaregrown.blogspot.com/2012/06/gluten-free-beef-broccoli-pie.html

  12. I made a post with the recipe but think I did the final steps wrong! 
    Instead of ending up with the lovely little “printable recipe” link that you have, I have the whole ugly url…Uggggh
    Here is the post
    http://scrapsoflifebyscrappymo.blogspot.ca/2012/06/how-to-barbeque-sockeye-salmon.html

    • Ellen Christian says:

      You should just be able to edit the link in your editor to change that. Looks great though!

      • Oh thanks so much for this challenge…I finally got it to work.
        I have a concussion so i didn’t catch the part about needing to create a link to it from my blog post. Phew! I got it to work like yours. This is so great!!! 

  13. What a fun idea =) 

    I don’t do enough recipes on my blog, but if I start going on a cooking spree I will have to keep this in mind =)

  14. I’ve always wondered how people did that!  I don’t share a lot of recipes, but it’s a great feature for when I do… love the plug in you suggested for WP, makes it so easy!
    Great mini-challenge… here’s my recipe:
    http://mom-ology.ca/wordpress/moroccan-chick-pea-stew-recipe/

  15. Kathleen says:

    THANK YOU for sharing that and great explanation. I don’t have recipes on my blog yet but have bookmarked it for future use when I’m ready (as I do plan to.)

  16. Darn it all! I just had this question last night! I think I’m going to go back through my recipes though and make them printable! Thank you!

  17. This took longer than I expected, but it was operator error and not your directions :)
    http://www.kellystilwell.com/2012/06/how-to-make-cream-cheese-braid.html I will upload a pic the next time I make it!

  18. YOU just saved my recipes! I can now go through and get rid of ziplist which screws with my blog! I had given up! THANK YOU I redid today’s recipe for Moose Rollups

  19. I love your how-to. The only problem I have is that when I go to print a recipe, it prints all the Recipes that are highlighted on the left.  Help!!!  I just want people to be able to print a specific recipe.

    • Ellen Christian says:

      Hi Sherry – It shouldn’t if you followed the directions I put in? Not sure really. It never did that to me.

  20. Thanks!  This was so helpful!

  21. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this!!! Doing it right now. :)

  22. I just did this for my new blog. I was using Ziplist Recipe on my self-hosted blog, but I’ve gone back to wordpress.com for my new blog. I was despairing as to how to hack a recipe widget into the simpler system, but you solved it for me. Thank you! Here’s my post with the printable recipe.
    http://thedishroom.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/on-the-menu-monday-porri-gratinata-leeks-and-onion-gratin/

  23. Yours is the only post I could find in a Google search for doing this in Blogger. So thank you SO MUCH. I’ve just updated my most recent post to include the printable recipe and plan on using it from here on out.
    http://rindymae.blogspot.com/2013/02/baked-tomato-eggplant-penne.html
    I’m pinning your tutorial to my Tips and Tricks Pinterest board.
    Thank you again!

  24. So glad to have found this. My Dad has a new free wordpress blog and this was how I used to make my recipes printable when I did as well. I have a hosted blog now and love the EasyRecipe+ plugin ($15) -. I don’t think the free EasyRecipe is something that can be added to Free WordPress.com blogs though. Is that right?

    • Ellen Christian says:

      I don’t think that the free WordPress has that functionality. I’ve never used it though so I am far from an expert.

  25. Great info.  I just used to to make my first printable recipe.  Thanks so much for sharing this.  We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone.  It runs from Tuesday night  through midnight Sunday.   Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/04/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop_23.html
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  26. Oh my gosh Ellen! I have been wanting to make my recipes printable for a long time but didn’t know how. And I didn’t want to make my reader have to join a site. I actually found your tutorial by a Google search lol SO glad I did!

  27. Hi. I just wanted to say thanks for sharing about the EasyRecipe plugin from wordpress. I have a very small blog but would like recipes to look professional and be easy for me to put on my site. Thanks for sharing! Jessica

  28. Thank you so much! I’m now going to switch over all my recipes now. :) GREAT post.

  29. Great tutorial! I don’t post recipes, but I found your instructions incredibly helpful for posting instructions on how to do science experiments with kids. I had no idea that Google Sites existed and could be used this way, so I thank you very much for the help! http://www.sciencekiddo.com/2013/09/how-much-air-can-your-lungs-hold.html

  30. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking all over for a way to do this in Blogger! You’re the BEST!

  31. Thank you so much for the informative post. Your instructions were perfectly clear and correct! My first recipe attempt was successful!
    http://honestlywhitney.blogspot.com/2014/01/crunchy-living-homemade-soap-berries.html

  32. Msjbelle says:

    This is super awesome and I am so glad I found it. Thank you, I learn best from step by step tutorials. 

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