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In a cabinet next to our refrigerator is a stack of old cookbooks and recipes. I'm thinking of what we could keep in there; my waffle iron, the kids' lunchboxes, my collection of international olive oil. But no, my wife won't let me move them, let alone get rid of them. Some have been handed down for generations in her family so that will never happen.

One of our viewers is looking to downsize and she's looking at her cookbooks as something she can leave behind but doesn't want to lose the recipes. She asked for a solution. This works for recipes or any documents worth saving.

Evernote is my choice for saving just about anything. You don't need a scanner, just the camera on your smartphone.

Here's how it works:

Once you download the app you simply take a picture of the recipe or cookbook page. You're not actually taking a picture though, Evernote does it when you point the camera.

The app scans the recipe or document and saves it to an Evernote account. The recipe or document is stored in the cloud so you can access it from any device or computer. It's very cool to see it in action.

Evernote even works on written recipes. If you can read the handwriting of your great great great grandma's squash casserole, so can Evernote.

The document is saved in a pdf type file so it looks exactly like the original. You can then put it in a recipe folder and tag it with keywords like 'dinner', 'breakfast', 'salads' and 'desserts'. Just like in a cookbook you can peak in that notebook and through the items tagged as what you're looking for. It's actually easier to organize than that card box filled with recipes.

Where it really cooks though is in the search. Enter 'corn' or 'ketchup' and Evernote searches through the recipes looking for recipes that include that ingredient.

If you want to share a recipe with someone Evernote makes that easy with a click that'll send it over email, text, even post it to Facebook or Messenger.

If it works with recipes it'll work with any type document. I've got folders for my kids' school projects, saved articles from the internet and some business documents, all organized into folders. It is the app I use every day and I don't know if I could live online without it.

It's also easy to set up and easy to use. If you can follow a recipe for a grilled cheese you can figure this out, and you'll never run out of storage for recipes. I figure you could store a couple trillion for free.

You'll find Evernote in iTunes and the Google Play Store and online at www.evernote.com

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