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Organizing Recipes

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Recipes have a way of coming on any number of different media of various sizes and shapes. Keeping them organized and easy to find can be a chore. This is a guide about organizing recipes.
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21 found this helpful
July 13, 2012

Why on earth did I never think of this? Pop your recipe in a plastic sleeve to make it waterproof.

Source: A picture online.

By Monique from Somerset, UK., Weston-super-Mare

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July 24, 20120 found this helpful

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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January 21, 2016

Over a period of 50 years or more, I have collected many good recipes. Some I have written down and stuffed in a zip lock bag and some I have on index cards in a small photo album. Plus, I have a large collection of recipe books and two recipe file boxes full. When I want a certain recipe, it can be a problem finding it.

Recently, I started a document listing my favorite recipes and where to find them. Not only has it helped me find a recipe, it has helped me figure out what to prepare when I need to make a dish for a covered dish meal at church or a family reunion.

I have a million other things I need to do so this is going to be a long process but well worth it when I'm done. Right now, when I pull out a recipe or come up with one of my own that I have written on an index card, I add where I keep it to this document.

With my recipe books, I have found it helpful to mark in the index, the recipes that I have tried and liked.

I need to weed out my recipes and give some of my recipe books to someone that needs them. Now that it's cold outside and no yard work or gardening to do, I'm working on decluttering. Sometimes, less is more.

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January 29, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for the advice. We got a Kindle for Christmas and are learning how to use it.

I love posting my favorite recipes on Thriftyfun. I have been to the website many times when I needed a recipe that I had posted and some others that I have tried. It's easier for me to find it on TF than to look for it in my recipes. Usually I can remember the basics of putting it together so all I have to do is jot down the ingredients and the measurements.

I guess I'm just old-fashioned and set in my ways but I can't part with my cookbooks. There are too many recipes there that I want to try. Also, my 18 year old granddaughter, who is learning to cook, loves looking through them. She has taken some home with her.

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14 found this helpful
November 23, 2010

For years, I have taped my favorite recipes inside my cupboard doors. I know exactly which door to open to make my zucchini soup or my favorite party punch. This is normally wasted space and the insides of the doors are covered!

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10 found this helpful
October 19, 2010

Each time I try a recipe and it works, I type it out adding my own personal thoughts or tips on the dish, including what goes well with it, whether it be a certain wine or side dish.

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November 10, 2012

I start gathering all my favorite holiday recipes a month before Thanksgiving or Christmas. The recipes I plan to use are then placed into plastic page protectors, then those pages are placed into a plastic binder that can be wiped clean.

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June 5, 2009

I have made a "recipe notebook" out of a 3-ring binder and clear insert pages to hold all my recipes that were loose in my kitchen drawer. I have also written down my recipes "from memory", that I know how to make, but never bothered to write down.

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May 7, 2013

I live in a foreign country and also love to cook. So, when I visit my family in the states, I usually say from 2-4 weeks and because airline tickets are expensive, I try to stay a decent amount of time.

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August 27, 2015

Scrapbook Pockets for Filing Recipes

I have so many great recipes and have wanted to get them into some kind of fashionable order. I used scrapbooking paper to start my selected folders.

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April 10, 20063 found this helpful

I am notorious around my house for forgetting to make certain meals after a while. Since I try so many recipes, sometimes I lose track of some winners that my family loves.

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February 9, 2016

recipes inside a crockpot

I have many recipes that I use an appliance for, such as a crockpot, pressure cooker, or bread machine.

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2 found this helpful
November 20, 2011

You can take all your recipes and copy them with a scanner to a computer, print, or use copy machine at library and they become the same size page. Some pages will have more than one recipe, so make sure they are in the same category.

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February 4, 2011

This is my idea for keeping track of good recipes; ones I find and modify, family recipes, and ones I make up myself. I buy those little hard-bound record books, Simplex Records, to write my recipes in.

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July 27, 2015

recipes on door back

I am not a person who does any sort of cooking which requires intricate recipes, no cakes or anything fancy. I have my basic southern corn bread and my very basic instruction on how to cook white rice taped to the back of a cupboard door where they are kept clean for the next use.

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4 found this helpful
March 21, 2011

I have a bookcase in my dining room filled with cookbooks that I have bought over the years. It is difficult, however, to remember which cookbook my favorite recipes are in. So I created my own cookbook with all my favorites.

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5 found this helpful
March 16, 2011

My three daughters were always asking me to share some of my favorite recipes, so I surprised them one Christmas by printing some of my favorites on acid-free paper, and putting them in small 3-ring binders that contained plastic sheet protectors.

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4 found this helpful
July 11, 2011

I clip many recipes from magazines, newspapers, etc. The pile can get quite large, and I end up never even trying any of them. I've solved this and all it took was a clear 3 ring plastic page protector and a piece of colored paper.

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January 6, 2009

Use A Mini Binder For Organizing Recipes

I try to plan dinners in advance by choosing recipes and listing needed ingredients on a shopping list. The shopping list is always written on a sticky note and attached to the first insert (card stock) of my mini binder (7" x 4.5") which is always with me in my purse.

Use A Mini Binder For Organizing Recipes

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November 10, 20052 found this helpful

I've started to organize my recipes together as meals. I know that I always serve my Mexican rice recipe with my Black bean casserole so now I keep them printed out on one sheet and then stored in my 3 ring binder.

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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Couple looking at recipes both online and using recipe box

This is a guide about saving recipes. There are number of ways to keep recipes where you can keep them organized and find them easily.

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August 31, 2009

I use many different recipe books. I don't always take the time to copy all the recipes onto recipe cards especially when it is something I make occasionally.

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January 27, 2009

I've been an avid cookbook collector for over 40 years with literally hundreds of cookbooks! Because there are special recipes that my family likes in each cookbook, I used to find myself on the floor with piles of cookbooks around me as I tried to find a specific recipe.

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December 8, 2011

To minimize hunting, I take a permanent marker and write on the back of the cookbook, or on the inside back cover, with the name of the recipe and what page it's on. It makes finding my favorites so much faster.

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August 21, 2006

If you are like me and have literally hundreds of recipes, I would suggest that you purchase several photo albums and place your loose recipes in there. That way they are organized and easy to find.

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May 4, 2011

To keep my recipes clean, I place them in a plastic sheet and organize them in a large three ring binder. When I use one, I take it out of the binder. When finished, I wipe up any spills then return it to its place in the binder.

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February 28, 20051 found this helpful

In an effort to cut down the incredible number of cookbooks I had amassed, I purposely went through each cookbook and typed out the few recipes from each that we really used and liked. I then compiled them in a 3-ring notebook with dividers (soups, entrees, desserts, etc.) and sold off at garage sales the cookbooks.

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1 found this helpful
May 25, 2012

I like to print out recipes I find online and I figured out a good way to organize and store them. I print them out so they take up a full page and then three hole punch them. I have two thick 3-ring binders, divided with tabs to make sections.

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May 21, 2008

When going through the recipes and other stuff, instead of printing out the whole thing or writing it down, I copy it to a word processing program. First I open my office writer or Microsoft Word.

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July 3, 2012

Here is how I save all of my recipes. I have a folder on my hard drive called Recipes (very original, doncha think? LOL). Under it are sub-folders for categories, like soups, vegan, etc. All recipes are saved here, so if I can just remember that the recipe has tomato in the title,

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January 26, 2010

Photo books work great for recipes! Put all of your 3x5 inch recipe cards in photo sleeves inside an album meant for photos. You can buy tabs for notebooks and label with cooking categories such as breakfast, side dishes, main dishes, salads, soups and desserts.

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February 16, 2009

My recipe file was too full! I like to collect good recipes. I could not find a larger recipe box so I made a larger box with a big popcorn box.

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July 8, 2005

I've managed to accumulate a lot of recipes! I'm looking for recommendations on inexpensive (possibly free?) computer software to organize and manage the recipes better. It'd be nice if I could print them out and make a shopping list, too.

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April 2, 20051 found this helpful

I keep cheap, bright and colorful spiral journals handy by my resting chair, to have close by when looking through magazines, in case I see a recipe I think I'd like to try.

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December 12, 2012

If you find that you are baking the same cookies, cakes, and other baked goods every holiday season, save them to a file on your computer by either typing them in or scanning them.

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May 14, 2012

I have a hard time recalling the things for a diet and recipies I am to be working on. So one day, I collected all the recipe pages and diet sheets that I needed; some were on the computer so I printed out the important ones.

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April 20, 20120 found this helpful

Cookie recipe taped to outside of plastic storage container.

This is a guide about saving recipes from food packaging. Often times there are some really good recipes on the food package, that may not be there the next time you shop.

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February 28, 20050 found this helpful

I have a series of annually produced hardcover cookbooks (based upon a published periodical) but I was having difficulty in finding the recipes I wanted once I had more than 3 of the books.

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February 28, 20050 found this helpful

I used to be an avid collector of recipes and was introduced to the neatest little program called Treepad a long time ago. It's like a flowchart program but it's super user friendly.

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December 3, 20040 found this helpful

To organize recipes, buy baseball card sheet protectors, and retype shorter recipes to fit in slots. For larger recipes, put in regular full size sheet protectors.

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March 11, 2009

When I collect a new untried recipe, I put it in a sheet cover in a thin notebook. If after trying it, I like it, I put it in a photo album that has the large peel back sheets. If I don't like it, then I just toss it.

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January 7, 20050 found this helpful

These are great for copying a recipe and printing it. If you don't like it pitch it out! If you have it in hand, you may be more likely to try it rather than save it to your computer, and forget about it. By Syd

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January 16, 20012 found this helpful

I need help with printing. I get a lot of recipes sent to my email box. Some of them I like and some I don't. But some have 6 or more on 1 sheet. How do I go about printing out only a certain recipe, rather than all of them? I'm wasting paper and a lot of ink (and paper). Any suggestions please?

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February 26, 20100 found this helpful

I get lots of recipes from different sites and I copy and paste to my microsoft words. I then print and put in a page protector and put that in a 3 ring binder. This way I can share with friends. They can just flip through my notebook.

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December 21, 2009

What is the best way to organize recipes? Do you think its easier to buy 4x6 index cards and write all the recipes on them or type them on a full size sheet of paper and cut them to fit or maybe they have some software. Please share your method.

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