Saving Grandma’s treasured recipes with Key Ingredient SignatureSnap service

Saving Grandma’s treasured recipes with Key Ingredient SignatureSnap service

LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2014 – Key Ingredient is closing the gap between your handwritten recipes and today’s technology by using their newly unveiled white glove service called SignatureSnap.  Key Ingredient is a social share website for recipies and users can open a free account accessing RecipeSnap to download their recipes, creating digital files of recipes that they can share and search.

signature-snap-screenshotUsers can follow each other, collect favorite recipes into a digital cookbook and create recipe exchange networks.  An app allows you to access those recipes whiles trawling the grocery store aisles trying to find something interesting to make for dinner while the grocery list function makes organizing your shopping a snap.

“On the Web, on the go and in the kitchen, Key Ingredient is the ultimate recipe eco-system! Offering the only organic, shareable collection of more than  1.7 million recipes, Key Ingredient’s mission is to inspire the food lover in all of us and instill confidence by harnessing the power of technology.”

Key Ingredient has now launched their new SignatureSnap feature that promises to transform Grandma’s hand written recipes into digital files that you can keep private, or share jsut with family, friends or  the broader network.  SignatureSnap is a paid for service that digitizes hand written notes into legible, formatted files allowing those treasured scraps of paper to be archived for future generations while letting you access your family’s favorite lamb shaped pound cake for Easter brunch.

At first it seemed bizarre to release our treasured recipes to an Internet site. As a chef, some of those recipes are professional assets.   So many sites have little to no human interaction and if something goes wrong our recipes would be at stake. I can report those fears were quickly assauged.

The SignatureSnap Test

We collected my mother’s handwritten recipes to be transcribed into a digital file using Key Ingredients SignatureSnap serve.

Step 1: We went to

Step 2: We opened a free account

Step 3: We clicked the “add recipe” icon and opened SignatureSnap.

Step 4: We clicked “get started”, chose our package and then gave them our billing information.

Step 5: A real person contacted me from the company to walk me through the signature snap process.

Step 6: Nervous about releasing our recipes to a SignatureSnap, we were also nervous about the condition of our recipes (some were not ours but we loved them, some were faded, some had bad handwriting ) so we sent multiple emails discussing everything.  We were finally ready.

Step 7: Two days later, we received an envelope with another envelope inside .

Step 8: We decided to place copies of our heirloom recipes into the envelope instead of our originals and sent them off.

Step 9: We checked to make sure that our recipes were received and our personal Signature Snap contact emailed us back immediately to ensure us that our recipes had been received.

Step 10: We were notified the next day that our recipes would begin to show up on our file.

Step 11: Almost all of our recipes were on our account and on privacy so only we could see them. The one that wasn’t there was because it was probably faded because we sent copies.

Step 12: Two days later our recipes arrived at our kitchen in the condition they were in when they were sent.


  • Human contact at the company that responded immediately.
  • Second, all questions asked were immediately answered.
  • Even though we didn’t send the original copies we felt very confident that we would be taken care of.
  • The shipping and receiving process was a breeze.
  • The process is very fast and efficient.
  • We love the elements on the recipe page; people can like it and share it.  We can easily change it, upload a photo and change the settings. We can also email ourselves copies to keep on our desktop.
  • All the recipes can be organized many different ways.
  • Grandma and great-Grandma’s recipes are now saved for use by future generations, born and unborn.


  • It is a bit pricey; $79.99 for 50 recipes, $149.99 for 100 and $249.99 for 200.
  • It feels very scary to release your recipes to a company.

Overall Rating:

The Signature Snap is a great way to keep your recipes at your fingertips, share them with friends and edit them on a whim.  Even though it’s a bit pricey, it does include 3 way shipping and after many conversations with multiple people, everyone including us agreed it would be worth the price.

Purchasing Info: SignatureSnap can be purchased at $79.99 for 50, $149.99 for 100 and $249.99 for 200.  They also offer RecipeSnap from a mobile app that’s only 99 cents per recipe.

For more great cooking tips, recipes and stories from Chef Mary, visit Hail Mary Food of Grace

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Mary Moran
Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.