How to Spice up the contents of your kitchen
Find a happy place
Paprika can get recipes from pretty much any food and drink website out there. Just visit a site in Safari, find a recipe you want to follow, and tap the Share icon. Find Paprika’s icon in the share sheet’s middle row and tap it.
See it in Paprika
After a few seconds a “Recipe Added” message will appear. If you go to the Paprika app and tap Categories > Most Recent, you’ll see the recipe you just added at the top of the list. Paprika even grabs the recipe’s photo.
Get the goods
Here’s a really smart feature: Paprika automatically sorts the recipe into ingredients, directions, nutritional information (where available), and serving sizes. To assign the recipe to a category, tap Uncategorized.
Add to your list
Tap the shopping basket icon at the top of the screen and you’ll be able to add the recipe’s ingredients to your shopping list. Clear the check mark next to ingredients you already have, and then tap Add to include any remaining items.
Pick a day
Tap the calendar icon to uncover another cool feature: meal planning. You can assign a recipe to a specific date, and specify whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is great for cutting down on waste and getting super-organised!
Add your own
You’ve already seen how Paprika can automatically grab recipes from almost any food site, but it doesn’t know about grandma’s legendary sausage casserole. No problem: tap the + at the top right to add a recipe from scratch.
As you type, Paprika offers ingredient suggestions. For example, type “pepper” and you’ll get options for pepper flakes, ground pepper, and so on. It takes the hassle out of adding recipes, making the process very quick.
Entering precise quantities? Tap Units and the app’s suggestions become measuring units, such as tablespoons, fluid ounces, pounds, and so on. It’s worth using these as Paprika relies on them to scale recipe ingredients.
Browse in the app
Paprika has its own browser, which is tailored to grabbing third-party recipes: if it can’t import a recipe automatically, highlight some text, then tap where it should be added – here we’re taking a recipe’s title into the app.
Say what’s what
Work your way through the page, highlighting the bits of text you want to grab and tapping where they belong in the recipe. Here we’ve done that for ingredients. Repeat for directions and any other info you want to record.
Scale up or down
When viewing a recipe, tap “Scale 1x” to adjust the number of servings and have Paprika recalculate quantities for you. If you need to go shopping, it makes sense to do this before adding a recipe’s ingredients to your shopping list.
Paprika doesn’t just create a shopping list for a single recipe; add multiple recipes and it’ll combine their ingredients so you don’t end up buying too much or too little. The checkboxes next to items help while you’re shopping.