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FoodFerret allows you to search over a million recipes from other websites to quickly find the recipe you're looking for, including drink recipes such as cocktails.
Recipes can be searched against lists of ingredients contained in or excluded from the recipe. Keywords contained in the title and various recipe types can also be searched for. As an example, you can easily search for a smoothie recipe containing strawberries, but not containing raspberries.
Please note that the recipes we return can not be guaranteed to match your search parameters. In fact we can guarantee that there will be occasional errors in our database, although we strive to keep these to a minimum. If you have particular dietary concerns, especially with regards to food allergies or intolerances, you must personally check that the recipe matches your requirements.
Go to the search page to look for the recipe you want, or simply browse recipes recipes by selecting a category or cuisine type.
Recipe Search Engine
We provide 2 recipe search methods.
Normal Mode will provide the best match against any recipe title keywords entered and recipes returned must match any 'must include' or 'must exclude' ingredients. Recipes returned will be ordered based on matching the recipe title keywords, if you have entered any keywords.
Ingredients at Hand Mode will provide the best match against the ingredients you have at hand or ingredients you want to use up. If you select the 'All Listed' option (underneath the ingredients at hand selector) the recipes returned will use as many of the ingredients in your 'at hand' list as possible, rather than avoiding recipes with ingredients you haven't listed.
Alternatively, selecting 'No Unlisted' will try to return recipes that do not use any ingredients that are not in your 'at hand' list. You could try this to find cocktails you can make from a list of drink ingredients you've added. All the recipes you can make with any combination of your ingredients will be returned, even those that use just a couple of the ingredients.
Since the recipes returned are ordered by their match against your ingredients at hand, the title keyword search operates differently in this mode.
Any title keywords entered must all be contained in the recipe title, where as in normal search mode we just provide the best match we can.
If the recipes being returned do not include an ingredient you particularly wish to use, simply set that ingredient as a 'must include'
ingredient by clicking on it to turn it green.
See the examples below which demonstrate how useful this search mode can be.
Cocktails: If you're having a cocktail party or just want to see what you can make with what you've got, just enter all the ingredients you have into the 'I have at hand' ingredient list, using the Ingredients at Hand search mode. A list of cocktails you can make will be returned. If you want particular ingredients to be used in the cocktail, just set them as must include ingredients. Select the Use only 'at hand' items radio button, located below the ingredient entry boxes. This will tell the search engine to return recipes using only the ingredients you have listed, rather than emphasize finding recipes that use all your ingredients in a single recipe.
Coconut Flavored Rice: If you want to incorporate certain flavors into your recipe, but are not too concerned what ingredients are used to generate that flavor, the Ingredients at Hand search mode can be useful. To find coconut flavored rice recipes, try this search. Rice is selected as a must include ingredient and coconut, coconut milk, coconut cream and creamed coconut are entered as at hand ingredients. The Use most 'at hand' items radio button is selected to emphasize using the coconut ingredients in the recipe as opposed to Use only 'at hand' items which would avoid using ingredients that you haven't listed.
Recipe Title Search
If you enter some text into the 'Title Keywords' section of the search page, all recipes whose titles contain those keywords will be returned. You can enter a - character before a word to exclude that word from your results. So searching for 'chicken tikka -masala' will return recipes with chicken tikka in the title, but not if they also have masala in the title.
If you're having trouble finding the recipe you want, try to avoid entering ingredient names into this section. For example, you might be looking for a chicken tikka recipe. It is more effective to enter 'tikka' into the Title Keywords section, but enter 'chicken' in the Must Include ingredient section. When this approach is taken the search engine would also return recipes with a title of 'Murgh Tikka' which is the same as chicken tikka.
Ingredient List Search
This area is split into 2 sections, the Must Include list and the Must Exclude list. Each section can contain several ingredients. Every ingredient contained in your Must Include section must be found in the recipe ingredient list for that recipe to be returned in your search results. Every ingredient contained in your Must Exclude section must not be found in the recipe ingredient list.