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Best app or program for keeping a baking journal/diary?

ichadwick's picture

Best app or program for keeping a baking journal/diary?

Any recommendations for keeping a journal or diary for baking? I have both Windows PC and iPad.

I thought of creating a Wordpress site, bit that seems a bit over-the-top for something potentially modest. I want to keep track of recipes I try, changes, experiments, added ingredients, etc.

Suggestions welcome.


Floydm's picture

There is an application for Mac OS called Breadstorm.  They don't currently support Windows or iOS.

If you were thinking of creating a site/blog, you could just click the "New Post" button here and start creating blog entries here.  Your blog would then be visible here

ichadwick's picture

Thanks. Looks interesting, but I don't have a Mac, just an iPad. And it's a tad pricey ($149!) given that I can get any of a number of PC-based cooking and recipe database programs for under $50. 

I host my own WP blogs, so I was originally thinking of installing one on my own site. I like having the layout control and management. I might just look for a suitable WP template and create a blog site on my own domain. WP has some interesting recipe plugins that might work.

FreshGoose's picture

I can't imagine they sell many of these.

JacquelineColussi's picture

Hello Floyd, Hello Ian. This is Jacqueline, co-creator of BreadStorm™.

Floyd, thank you for mentioning BreadStorm, very kind of you.

Ian, the BreadStorm iPhone/iPad app is currently in a private beta test. If participating in the beta test would interest you, I welcome you to email me (

BreadStorm is specifically for bread bakers, in particular bread bakers who like to work with complex formulas (formulas that contain pre-ferments and/or soakers).

Some bread bloggers like to take formula snapshots with BreadStorm and upload the snapshots to their respective blogs, just as they would upload photos. A beautiful example of this is MC's Fig-Anise Bread post (

I welcome your questions at any time. We look forward to hearing more as you get into blogging about bread.


ichadwick's picture

Thank, you, Jacqueline. I will contact you by email. I am likely not yet a target for your product, but I have experience as a software tester (and documentation writer). Perhaps I can help in other ways.

suave's picture

Most of my private record-keeping is done in excel.  A separate spreadsheet for each class of breads, a separate workbook for each recipe. 

ichadwick's picture

Thanks. I thought about that - I keep other databases in Excel.But it's not really designed for publication format. I'd like to be able to post the recipes and images (the successful ones), later. I have been looking at recipe plugins for my own WordPress blog but not sure how well they can be exported for other uses.

The Whole Grain's picture
The Whole Grain

Interesting question. I too am struggling to keep a good track of my bakes.
Currently I use a paper notebook for detailed notes, and a blog for bread recipes and how-to's.