We love our Yummly community even when Valentine’s Day isn’t right around the corner. Recently, one of our talented Yummly members showed us some love. Mike Warner who runs Wild Bryde Jewelry created a couple of pins for us based on the Yummly dish that appeared on an early version of our home page. I sport my Yummly Ouzel pin on my laptop bag strap. Mike also has an Etsy shop where he makes custom tags for Etsy merchants. Thanks for thinking of us Mike! We’re just happy you and thousands of others are active members of the Yummly community — the pins are bonus love.
- Select “Taste Preferences” from the drop-down menu under your Yummly display name
- At the bottom of the “My Taste” pane, select how you would like your tastes applied in the FoodFinder and remember to Save!
- On the TasteBuds page (clickable from the top menu bar), you can “Find TasteBuds” and “Invite Friends”
- When you click on either of these buttons, if you’re not already connected on Yummly through Facebook, you’ll be prompted to log in with Facebook to find your Facebook friends that are already on Yummly.
- “Find TasteBuds” will display a list of your Facebook friends that are already on Yummly.
- “Invite Friends” will display a list of all of your Facebook friends and you can select who you want to invite to Yummly.
- Access a new page dedicated to recipe recommendations from Yummly and from your TasteBuds. You can access your recommendations page here.
- You can see the recipes that Yummly recommends based on your tastes or click the “Your TasteBuds” button to see what your TasteBuds have favorited that meet your taste preferences.
- Remember: the more you rate and favorite recipes and update your taste profile, the more Yummly learns about what you like and don’t like.
- From your Yummly profile page (link requires log in), click the button to “Import Your Recipes” under your profile photo.
- Choose the recipe site you wish to import from (we’ll add more soon!).
- Enter the information necessary to access your recipe box on those sites and click “Continue”.
- Recipes from your recipe box on those sites will appear in your Yummly Favorites. (Note: They may not show up immediately.)
Like our post about Yummly’s ability to recommend and help you find recipes based on various diets noted, Yummly realizes the importance of being able to do the same for those who suffer from food allergies — or have family members or friends that suffer from food allergies.
We’ve learned that, like diets, food allergies can be unique to an individual. Finding and enjoying food when you have a food allergy can be difficult — but not impossible. Planning meals for others with food allergies on a regular basis can be daunting and seem impossible.
Since the U.S. Congress enacted the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, it’s been a lot easier to identify the eight most common food allergens that may be present in store-bought packaged food. The law specifies these allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans.
Yummly has identified 10 food allergies that you can use to filter your recipe search results (click the links to see Yummly FoodFinder results based on the specific allergy filter):
In the FoodFinder you can also use the “With” and “Without” fields to limit your results if there are only certain ingredients that cause trouble or if you want to limit additional ingredients that may not be covered by an allergy classification.
In addition to filtering your results each time you do a search in the FoodFinder, you can set your food allergies in your taste profile. Soon we’ll add the option for you to set your global preference to always search using your diet and/or allergy selections.
While Yummly has done some extensive ingredient tagging to help filter recipes based on food allergies it is essential that you read all labels for the ingredients you purchase and avoid the offending foods or their byproducts. This is especially important when you are preparing a meal or food for guests that suffer from food allergies. Ask your guests what foods to avoid and what foods are safe.
We’ve put a lot of effort into tagging ingredients correctly but we know that we’re not perfect and we continue to make classification improvements. If you see an ingredient that shouldn’t be showing up in recipes based on the allergy filtering in the FoodFinder we want to know about it. Please let us know either through the feedback link on the bottom of every page or by emailing us directly at food [at] yummly [dot] com. We want to make Yummly a resource you can count on and the impossible seem possible.
Here are some additional resources on food allergies:
- The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- KidsHealth: Food Allergies
- Food Allergy Support Groups
Finally, the information provided on Yummly is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you or the patient and your physician. Ultimately, you are responsible for verifying the information contained or linked in through Yummly.
One of the guiding principles of yummly is that taste is a very personal combination of likes, dislikes and choices. Dave hates mustard. I love soft-shelled crabs. Vadim is a pescetarian. At Yummly, we’ve provided a couple different ways you can filter your recipe search and recommendations based on your likes, dislikes, diet, food allergies, nutrition and price.
When it comes to diet we started with the vegetarian diet and all the popular combinations of vegetarianism out there. We quickly realized that calling yourself a ‘vegetarian’ ends up meaning different things to different people.
We’ve provided ways for you to align yourself with one of the mainstream popular definitions of ‘vegetarian’. But yummly also gives you the ability to customize your preferences so you can be the kind of ‘vegetarian’ you want to be even if it’s not defined by one of our diet categories.
Here are options to apply yummly’s diet preferences to arrive at the recommendations and search results you want:
1. When you edit your taste profile and establish the foods you like and dislike you can also set diet and allergy preferences. Setting your diet preferences in your taste profile will help yummly recommend the right recipes for you.
2. If you don’t want to commit yourself to a diet ‘bucket’ in your taste profile you can still use it as a filtering choice in the FoodFinder. Just type in the diet you want to filter by.
3. Even without using a diet category, you can filter your food results. The ingredients pane of the FoodFinder will let you include what you want or exclude what you don’t. So if you want to browse recipes without “meat” you can simply exclude “meats”.
After quite a bit of research, surveying and consensus-building we established the following yummly diet classifications:
Raw – excludes meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs but includes all plant-based ingredients
Vegan – excludes meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggs and honey
Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry and seafood but includes dairy and eggs
Lacto-Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry, seafood and eggs but includes dairy
Ovo-Vegetarian – excludes meat, poultry, seafood and dairy but includes eggs
Pescetarian – excludes meat and poultry but includes seafood, dairy and eggs.
This is just the beginning and we’d love to hear about other ways you’d like to be able to establish your taste profile. Are there other diet classifications you’d like to see? Please let us know in the comments below, through our feedback forum or even on Facebook or Twitter.