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Recipe Key

Ingredient Recipe Search Engine

Published 02/15/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Recipe Key gives users a way to unlock “a world of cooking possibilities.” The site provides user with a way to search for recipes based on ingredient. This is essentially the key to finding something new and tasty they can create with what the user already has on hand. Users can also narrow down their search results by selecting from specific meal types, cuisine and other filters. Those with special needs diets can also add filters for food allergies so each meal is a good fit for their individual requirements. The homepage lists numerous categories, including beverages and alcohol, baking goods, starter kids, popular items, meat, fruit, dairy, herbs and spices, nuts and seeds, seafood, vegetables, poultry, soups, pasta, grains and breads. Users are also invited to submit their favorite recipes to share with the Recipe Key community.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Recipe Key was founded in August of 2007. The team is based out of Brookline, Massachusetts and currently consists of fewer than five individuals, including CEO Ben Saur and CFO Elise Melvin. Today, Recipe Key provides many internet users with an easy way to find recipes that meet their personal specifications based on health needs and what ingredients they already have at home.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are numerous recipe related websites, but each brings its own unique take on the search for good food. Recipe Key is no different and provides its users with an extensive list of enticing recipes that are easily searchable. The site focuses on user convenience by supplying user with search tools that enable them to base the results on ingredients they already have on hand. Users can also incorporate health needs, cuisine, and other criteria to find recipes that are perfect for their purpose.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Recipe Key website features a deep blue background with a loose leaf note paper design that makes up the nine navigation tabs that run across the top of the homepage. Users can create their own food profile, browse recipes, review their recipe lists and contribute all from the homepage. The pantry feature includes a convenient drag and drop design that allows users to add as many ingredients as they like.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Recipe Key community by clicking on the white “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form requires a first and last name, email address, gender, age, password and terms of service agreement. After clicking the white “Submit” button in the lower, left hand corner of the form, the user is advised that they must check their email inbox for an activation email which must be accessed to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

Recipe Key provides many handy features for users searching for a good recipe. The site does not offer anything that many other free recipe data bases do not already offer. Anyone can create an account for free. There are no subscription fees, and this is definitely a plus. Users can search as often as they like or contribute new recipes for free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Recipe Key is an excellent tool for anyone who is looking for a new recipe. The site includes many helpful search filters that allow users to find a recipe that meets their personal taste and health needs. The site is easy to navigate and the user’s profile allows them to enjoy more features and get involved with the Recipe Key community.

  • Participate in the Recipe Key forum
  • Contribute a favorite recipe to the Recipe Key data base
  • Search by keyword, cuisine, allergy and more
  • Browse a list of unique categories
  • Drag and drop items to the user’s pantry to find recipes

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Recipe Key pricing

FREE - Permanently free version

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