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Feature of the Week: How to use the New Recipe Page! 
Oct. 3, 2012 5:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 1:00 am

Here at Allrecipes, we've been hard at work to make the new Recipe Page more streamlined and easier to use for you, our community!   Here’s what’s new:

  • Recipes are easier to follow. The page is wider and cleaner, and recipe photos are 75% bigger.
  • Video tips and tricks are one click away. Recipe videos and related how-tos are displayed at the top of page.
  • Find a Plan B fast. Similar recipes are displayed more prominently.
  • Decide if you have time to make it. “Ready in” time for each recipe is in big letters at the top of page.
  • See time and dinner saving tips. The most helpful positive and negative reviews are displayed, as well as a visual breakdown of reviews by star rating.
  • Take action faster. Buttons for adding photos, saving to a recipe box, and printing are larger and more prominently displayed. You can add a review right on the recipe page.
  • Shop smarter. You can now add selected ingredients from a recipe to their shopping list rather than every ingredient on the ingredient list.
  • Get closer to the home cook behind the recipe. The recipe creator is more prominently featured on page.

We’re very excited about new Recipe Page, and we hope you love it as much as we do!  Have questions?  We’re here to help.  Below are some quick how-to questions and answers. 

How do I save a recipe to my Recipe Box?

Click “Save” above the ingredients on the recipe page. If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to do so.  If you’d like to save the recipe to a folder, click on the orange arrow next to the Save button.  From the expanded options, click on the ‘+’ sign next to My Recipe Box.  Select the folder to which you’d like to save the recipe and click “Add.”  The recipe is now saved to that folder in your Recipe Box.

How do I add a recipe to my shopping list?

Adding a recipe to your shopping list is easy! Be sure you are logged into your Allrecipes account, click the orange arrow next to the Save button to expand the save options.  Select Shopping List. Like saving a recipe to your recipe box, you can save a recipe to a specific shopping list. Simply select the + next to Shopping List and you will see a dropdown list of all of the shopping lists available.

From the recipe page, you also have the option to choose which ingredients you’d like to add to your shopping list.  Check the box next to the ingredients you’d like to add to your Shopping List.  You can also use the Check All button if you’d like to add all the ingredients to your Shopping List.  After you’ve selected the ingredients, click on Add Checked.  

How do I adjust the number of servings a recipe will make?

The recipe scaling tool is above the ingredient list on the recipe page. To access the scaling tool, click on Change servings next to the recipe yield.  Simply enter the number of servings you want to make and click “Adjust Recipe.” Please note changing the number of servings changes only the amounts in the ingredient list; it does not change anything in the recipe directions.

How do I change the recipe to show metric measurements?

The metric conversion tool is next to the recipe scaling tool.   To access the metric conversion tool, click on Change servings next to the recipe yield.  Simply select “Metric” and click “Adjust Recipe.” Please note converting to metric measurements changes only the amounts in the ingredient list; it does not change anything in the directions.


How do I find nutrition information?

Nutrition information is below the recipe reviews. Select See More below the Nutritional Information to expand the nutrition information and read more detailed nutrition info. Please keep in mind nutrition information is per serving, and is not recalculated once you customize a recipe.


How do I email a recipe?

Click on the Email button above the ingredients.  You can email Kitchen-Approved, custom, or private recipes.
Input your friend’s email, your name as you would like it to appear, and your email address, as well as a personal note.

The email address you enter will not be stored, and will be used only to send the recipe email.


How do I view all of the member reviews?

Select Reviews at the top of the recipe page, or read the most helpful positive reviews or the most helpful critical reviews at the bottom of the page.   When you select “more” to read the whole review, you have the option click See all reviews


How do I sort reviews?

From the review pane, you can choose to view the most helpful reviews, the most positive reviews, the least positive reviews, or the newest reviews. 

Once you have clicked through to the page of all reviews, you have the option of sorting the reviews. They can be sorted by most helpful (which is the default way they are sorted), most recent or oldest, or highest rating.


How do I see all the Recipe Photos?

Start by clicking on the ‘+’ sign under the Recipe Photo.  Once the photo layer pops up, click on the total number of photos just above the date posted.


How do I upload a photo of the recipe after I have made it?

From the recipe page, under the current recipe photo, click the “+” sign to see all photos. From there, you will be able to submit your own photo of the completed recipe by clicking on Add your own photo!  You can also click Add a photo next to Rate this recipe.

Before you begin, make sure the photo you want to upload is already on your computer hard drive.

Select Choose File to find the photo on your computer.

Once you find the photo, select Continue to upload the photo.

Once your photo has been uploaded, you may crop the photo by selecting the area you would like to save using the tools in the cropping feature.

Once you have uploaded your photo and are happy with it, select Save and Add.

To add a title or notes or view your photo, select the My Allrecipes tab, and then select Photos from your My Allrecipes homepage.


How can I Review and Rate recipes?

Share your valuable opinion (and great sense of taste!) by rating and reviewing a recipe. You must be a registered Allrecipes member in order to review/rate a recipe. Here’s how:

1.       Find the Rate this recipe box under the recipe directions.  Select your star rating. 

2.       Rate/review the recipe using the following guidelines:

·Make and taste the recipe before you review or rate it.

·Keep reviews focused on the cooking and eating experience.

·Don’t add links to other sites.

·Don’t add comments about other reviewers.

·Be specific. Good reviews are great. And bad reviews are just as valuable. Just make sure you use appropriate language. If you encounter an inappropriate review, please report it to Community Support.

We hope this is helpful!  Still have questions or feedback?  Email customersupport@allrecipes.com.   Happy cooking!

Oct. 3, 2012 6:37 pm
very nicely explained, but of course i'm still on the old format. but i'm sure folks will be saving this to learn the new details. congratulations on up-dating the site. i hope when it's common to all it will be simple.
Oct. 3, 2012 6:48 pm
One question that keeps coming up is how to edit or update your own review. Maybe you can address that. LOVE the changes. Definitely more user friendly pages.
Oct. 3, 2012 8:11 pm
I experienced the new format and I am very pleased with it. I was literally surprised when it first opened. It's not only better organized and more useful, it is a brighter display, a feature these old eyes appreciate very much. Many thanks to your designers!
Patty K 
Oct. 4, 2012 6:22 am
I'm not pleased. Much slower.
Patty K 
Oct. 4, 2012 6:24 am
...probably slower because it appears to much more forceful about tying into ads, pinterest, facebook, etc.
Oct. 4, 2012 8:18 am
Thank you for the explanation. That is great. I really like the overall look of the page much better than the old one. It has most everything I need. The only thing I can think of is if I could see recipes that would go with this dish to make a meal. For example, if I look up a chicken recipe, it would be nice to see a couple of side dish recipes. I know you have links to menus but it would be helpful to see a picture of a side dish that would go well with the current recipe to round out the meal. Or maybe show a small picture with the menu link. Overall, it looks great.
Oct. 4, 2012 11:34 am
Ugh.. I hate it. I may be technically challeneged, but don't look forward to having to "study directions" how to use a website I spend way too much time on to begin with on a daily basis! I have an older, slower computer but absolutely loved perusing the site for recipe ideas and suggestions before today. It just took me 30 minutes to read the info that would have normally been right there, changed or saved in under 5 minutes before. :(
Oct. 4, 2012 12:16 pm
Hi there! At this point if you aren't all on the new format, you should be soon! Hitting CTRL +F5 can force you into the new format. Let us know if that doesn't work! Thanks for all your feedback!
Oct. 4, 2012 5:49 pm
I like it, I can see the pictures better now on how it should turn out. I wish we could vote on the submitted pictures, because some of the pictures submitted just look awful, sometimes to the point of being sickening.
Oct. 5, 2012 12:01 pm
It is more pleasing to the eye, but it really is slower. Also, I am unable to read the reviews. They never come up after clicking on the correct places, I will re-read the instructions above and retry but it shouldn't be hard. Also I hate this banner on the bottom of the page which covers over your work as you type, it is the menu planner ad. Not in a good place.
Oct. 8, 2012 10:26 am
I hate the new website! The other was much better and definitely faster. This is terribly slow and in my opinion, doesn't out-shine the other one. In fact I liked the look of the other one much more. At first I thought the sluggishness was due to my older computer (windows xp) but then used the windows 7 desktop as well as the windows 7 laptop, and nothing changed. It is very sluggish. I have enjoyed the "allrecipes" site for many years and up until this happened I was seriously considering becoming a supporting member rather than just a registered member, but do not think it is worth doing that now. I also agree with Covergirl, the banner on the bottom of the page is not necessary and it does get in the way.
Oct. 13, 2012 4:03 am
We'll get used to it, but change is harder for some of us! I like the recipe layout and I just discovered the display for seeing the recipe while cooking. It's great to have it all on one screen. Just started using the netbook in the kitchen now that we have wireless.
Nov. 5, 2012 6:43 am
I'll notify customer support but in case anyone looks here and isn't aware they *may* have the same problem, this may be of help.... If I don't select a folder in which to save a recipe it goes into the first folder on my list (appetizers) and messes up the organization. I added a folder called "a problem" so it would be first on the list and keep uncategorized recipes out of my appetizer folder.
Dec. 17, 2012 1:00 am
how do I see the custom recipes? There used to be a link to all the shared custom recipes from an original recipe. Now I don't see anything but the create a custom recipe link. I've searched help and googled it but no joy. Can anyone help me?
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