I am so excited that two of my favorite sites mashed up!
On Pinterest, people can “pin” or collect pictures, articles, and videos from across the web, to their own boards that they create on the site. When I first discovered Pinterest, I used it is as place to collect recipes along with one of my other favorite recipe sites, Punchfork. Punchfork was a site that displayed pictures and recipes from other online recipe sites such as Epicurious, Martha Stewart, Food52, 101 Cookbooks, Serious Eats, and SimplyRecipes. Punchfork allowed you to search, save and rank recipes under your own page. Well apparently, the Pinterest people had their eye on Punchfork also because Pinterest acquired Punchfork in January 2013. I was sad to see Punchfork go and I’ve been waiting to see what Pinterest was going to do. Did Pinterest just buy out the competition to get rid of it or was there a bigger plan in mind.
Well, I recently stopped wondering. I went to Pinterest (as I do on a weekly basis) to search for a recipe and all of a sudden, new search options appeared to the left side of my screen. Then I realized, Pinterest finally decided to integrate Punchfork!
Now, every time you search for an ingredient or recipe, you will be able to filter for gluten-free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian meal options! The new recipe search features are already available for users who access Pinterest through the web and soon these features will also be brought to mobile as well.
How Does Pinterest Recipe Search Work?
1. Enter a particular dish or ingredient in the search bar, such as “pepper steak with mushrooms.”
2. Look to the left, you can choose either “All Pins” or “Just my pins.” For this example, chose “All Pins.”
3. Also on the left, you have the choice of either all recipes, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Paleo or Indulge me.
4. After you make your selection, Pinterest will display Pins of recipes that match your search and each Pin will tell you what website the recipe originated from.
5. Find your favorite recipe, pin it to one of your boards to save for later and begin preparing your next meal!
One of my favorite uses of Pinterest is the ability to find meals that suit the ingredients that I already have on hand. So go to the search bar and type in ingredients such as “black beans and bell peppers.” This search recovered hundreds of recipes. Next, chose you category, pin and start cooking!