Most home cooks have encountered a time or two when they have ingredients in the pantry, but don't know what to do with them. After all, what do you do with a 4.54kg. bag of rice after you've exhausted every rice dish you know? Should you ever find yourself in this situation, a reverse recipe search can come in handy. There are websites that allow you to search for recipes by listing ingredients. One such website is RecipeMatcher.com, which has a library of hundreds of recipes for you to search for.
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Type www.recipematcher.com into your web browser, then click in the No. 1 box labelled "My Ingredients."
Begin to type in your first ingredient. A drop-down list will appear with ingredients that match your description. Select one of these from the list.
Type in your second ingredient and repeat the same action. Do this for your remaining ingredients. Try limiting this list to two to four ingredients.
The second box allows you to search for a recipe by cuisine. Check off the desired boxes if you want something specific such as Mexican food or a romantic meal. Otherwise, just leave "All Cuisines" checked.
Box No. 3 three lets you set your primary ingredient, which also is optional. When you're done, click "Search" at the bottom of the page.
The search results are listed according to relevance. The recipe with the most ingredients listed will be at the top of the page.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't get relevant results, try typing in fewer ingredients. It's best to just type in two or three main ingredients, as recipes often have variations.
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