Tips for Organizing Recipes

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Scanning 05/03/2004
I teach cooking for a living and collect good cookbooks and recipes as a hobby. I found that scanning my favorites and most used onto discs and then copying them on a new disk and having a computer handy when I am cooking keeps the mess organized and I don't have to mess up my good cookbooks to get recipes t cook with. Much easier to share with others.
By JULIE (Guest Post)
Use a Picture Album for Recipes 05/13/2004
I buy small Picture Albums for 4X6 pictures and place my clipped recipes in there, that way they are protected and do not get soiled.
By Esther
Photo Album 05/13/2004
I used the Recipe Photo Album idea as a gift to my sister when she got married. I made up pre-addressed, pre-stamped half-fold postcards with a little poem and mailed them to everyone in the family and then gave her the Recipe Album at her shower. All they had to do was write out their favorite family recipe and drop it in the mail. She received most of them back. Some didn't have names on them either so I wished I had return addressed them for the people so she would know who sent it.
By Kayvee76 (Guest Post)
Recipe Organization 12/21/2004
I am a recipe collector and I started having piles of recipes all over the place. I bought an accordion pocket file and labeled the pockets according to recipe types. It works as my "quick file" until I can sort and file them into my file cabinet (where I have file folders labeled down in my office).
By Tawnda Thomas
Favorite Recipes 12/21/2004
Print out your favorite recipes on paper and then store in a binder. (You can find them much quicker this way than searching through several cook books.)
By GrammySheila (Sheila Saey)
Master Cook 12/21/2004
I use a computer program called Master Cook to organize my recipes, it has a great search feature, a pantry list, and can give you nutritional information.
By calnorth
3 Hole Protectors 12/28/2004
I also keep my recipes in a binder. But since I do print most of them from the internet, I went one step further, I purchased a box of the 3-holed plastic protector sheets at Staples & slide the recipes into them. It keeps them clean and prevents rips.
By Marilyn E.
Organizing Recipes On Your Computer 02/03/2005
To organize recipes, I keep a folder marked recipes, which contains recipes that look interesting that I haven't tried. Once I try the recipe, I either delete it because it wasn't that good or save it to a folder marked Recipes Tried. I subdivide that folder into dressing and sauces, main dishes, vegetables, and so on.
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To find a recipe when I can't make up my mind what to fix, I do a find file with the word chicken, or cake, or the name of the vegetable, etc. I print the recipe on recycled paper each time I use it and don't have all the clutter of recipe cards.

I use a magnet to hold the recipe on the kitchen vent and it is just the right height for me to read it as I go. Do not do this unless you are in the kitchen and use a very strong magnet or the recipe could fall onto the stove and cause a fire.

By Lynn
Tips for Organizing Recipes 02/03/2005
I bought a neat little gadget for holding recipes from Regal. My husband attached it to the inside of the cupboard door right above where I do the majority of my food prep. It works great
By Faye (Guest Post)
From Magazines 03/01/2005
Clip recipes from magazines and tape them directly to recipe cards, kept in a recipe box. At the beginning of the week, take several out and keep them in your coupon holder. When you're running late, or already are grocery shopping, pull out a card, and you have your shopping list, how long it will take you to cook, etc. right there with you.
By vickiandnoel
Meal Planning 03/06/2005
I just want to share my idea for menu planning: Instead of trying to think of creative recipes each night and browsing through numerous cookbooks, I finally decided to just use my plethora of "scratch" recipes I can make from memory.

I started by writing down each entree category, beef, poultry, pasta, etc... then under each category I list all the dishes I know my guys will eat and that I can fix from scratch. Under beef is listed tacos, sloppy joes, hamburgers, meatloaf, etc... I do the same for each category, then I designate a day of the week for each category. For instance, Monday is beef, so I take my calendar and start listing each item on each Monday until I run out of Mondays. I repeat this for each item until I've got a calendar FILLED with entrees to fix.

MO<This works for me for several reasons, I shop in bulk and shop the meat sales and stock up on ground beef, chicken breasts, etc... I always have staples on hand and I cook mostly from scratch. It keeps me from serving meatloaf every week without really realizing it... each person's lists/calendars will be different depending on what your recipe repertoire is, and you will have more entrees under some categories, but it works for me! I only plan the entrees and can just throw the sides together by visiting my well stocked pantry/freezer!

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By lilithjune
Binder 04/14/2005
I use a loose leaf binder. I copy and paste the recipe on computer paper, punch holes in the paper and add to binder. I buy dividers with name tabs on top to put each recipe in a category so its easy to find.
By Doris
Computer 04/14/2005
After 40-some years of cooking and collecting recipes, I've decided that the computer is the best place to organize them. In the RECIPES FOLDER I made two main categories... "Old Favorites" and "New Adventures." Then within those two folders I made subfolders with standard names like breads, cookies, cakes, casseroles, salads, etc.

All the old fashioned methods I had tried, like recipes boxes and 3-ring binders, always failed because I didn't get things put back into the proper place. With the computer, I just print out a copy on scratch paper and toss it after I'm through cooking. The original recipe is still in the computer, still alphabetized. If I can't remember which file to open, I can always us the FIND or SEARCH option to retrieve what I need by just one or two words.

By porphuropolis
Binder 04/15/2005
Many years ago, BC -- "Before Computer", my Mom would clip out recipes and tape them to loose leaf paper and put them in a organized binder. She would also write recipes on the paper. When she needed a recipe, she would remove the recipe and hold it with a magnet on her refrigerator.

By mkymlp
Organizing Recipes 09/01/2005
Keep your recipes organized in 99 cent photo brag books. Use one for every day recipes, including recipes you want to try, and handy cooking information like substitutions.

Keep a separate brag book for special occasion recipes like the fabulous fruit salad you make for Christmas.

Try to keep your other cookbooks in or near the kitchen so that you are more likely to use them. To prevent food stains on the pages, open the cookbook to the recipe you're using and slip the entire cookbook into a freezer bag. If you like the recipe you can copy it into one of your brag books.

I take my brag book cookbook with me to the grocery to make sure I don't forget an ingredient. At times, I have also been relieved to have it in my purse when I get off work so that I can quickly decide on a dinner and pick up the ingredients on the way home.

By SusannL

By ThriftyFun
Recipe Bin 10/03/2005
I bought a Rubbermaid type bin that is about 6-8 inches long and is tall enough to hold the large recipe cards and wide enough too. Fits perfectly in my cabinet.

I made two sets of dividers. One in front for new recipes that I have not tried and one in back for ones I tried and want to keep. If I don't' like a recipe, I pass it on or toss it.

Another thing I started to do was to cut out and save recipes from magazines and collect them in a "to share" binder and save them for graduation gifts, wedding gifts, etc.

By Tawnda

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