Wondering how to take a bunch of family favorite recipes on the boat? I didn’t really want to take my only copy on the boat (what if there was a leak right above the cubby where I put them?) and I had a very limited space for storage. You might be facing the same questions about storing your recipes on board.
Here are several ways that you can take them with you:
- Copy — simple but it can be a bit of a pain to take all the cookbooks to the copy shop. Downsides are no index and still the problem if there’s a leak where you store them.
- Recipe cards — easy to do while watching TV but sort of a pain if you have a lot of recipes that you want to take. And again, if they get wet you can wipe out all your work.
- Type them into the computer, using a word processing program. Once they’re in the computer, you can back them up just like any other document and you have several choices: print them out and just reprint when they get hard to read; print and laminate the pages (what I did on Que Tal) or make into a PDF and put on an electronic device (more on this below).
- Snap a photo of each with a smartphone and just keep the photos on the smartphone . . . works well as long as the screen is large enough to be able to read them (I’ve done some this way recently). You might be able to do this with some tablets with a built-in camera, too.
- It could be a bit easier to get clear copies with a scanner. You can then load them onto a device that can show photos just as-is, or if you have a Kindle or Nook that will display PDFs, convert the image to a PDF and then load it on the device. (Thanks to Mary Dixon for this tip!)
When we left on Que Tal ten years ago, there weren’t the handy electronic devices that there are today. I kept a copy of everything on the laptop, but used the printed and laminated versions for everyday. Today, I’d opt for some form of a tablet, whether a true tablet or a Kindle or Nook. They take so much less power and yet can store so much.
If you intend to use an electronic display, be sure to check the readability before you leave the dock!