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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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By 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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I also include handy tips, substitutions - almost anything I am bound to forget. I doubt myself too often not to have the recipe right in front of me. It's also handy for grocery shopping. If I want to make something special, I just glance at the recipe while making out my list so that I don't forget a needed ingredient. This saves time by not digging through my recipe boxes or any cookbooks.

By omato3g1b from San Antonio, TX

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By 10 found this helpful
October 19, 2010

Each time I try a recipe (I'm a recipeholic) 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. Each recipe is in its own category: Beef, Fowl, Side, Beverage, etc. But, it doesn't stop there. I've also added sections of Food Tips and Tricks and Household Tips and Tricks (most coming from this site).

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When a community shower was being held for my niece I dressed up my book with how I came upon the recipe (many are from my mother, old family friends, and relatives) and family antidotes. I searched for appropriate pictures for the title pages of each section (I love word processing/desk top publishing and graphic arts too). Each section was separated by a clear plastic sheet with a sturdy stick on tab. I wrote a preface and then bound the whole thing with spiral binding. I'm very lucky to have the machine, but I don't think it is expensive to have done in places like Staples.

I wasn't able to make it to the shower but word was, my cookbook was a huge hit with many of the ladies present wanting to hold on to it longer before passing it along. My niece commented on how nice it was to have some of her grandmother's recipes in the book since she was too young and my mother was too ill for the two of them to get together and cook.

I have three more nieces and a nephew to do books for. One is already done and the second is almost half way finished. Yes, that is how much of a recipeholic I am.

By sooz from Toronto, ON

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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. I came up with a great idea. Whenever we have a meal that is a real hit, I write out the menu on a recipe card. I file these in their own recipe box.

What's great about this is that it helps me remember great meals. PLUS, I don't have to come up with side dishes that go with it since I list the entire meal (including dessert). I also write next to each item where the recipe is found. Now when I am making up a shopping list, I pull a couple of my "winning dinners" and half the work is done!

By Carol from Landisville, PA

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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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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.

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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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By 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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By 5 found this helpful
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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August 27, 2015

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.

Scrapbook Pockets for Filing Recipes

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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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By 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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By 0 found this helpful
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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February 9, 2016

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

recipes inside a crockpot

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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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July 27, 2015

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.

recipes on door back

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By 1 found this helpful
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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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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 1 found this helpful
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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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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By 0 found this helpful
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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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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June 22, 20170 found this helpful

One convenient way to organize your recipes is by placing them in one or more binders, depending on your method of organization. This is a guide about use a binder to organize recipes.

A stack of binders.

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June 12, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes keeping your recipe close at hand and easy to view while cooking can be difficult. Use a hanger with clips to keep your recipe off the counter and easy to read. This is a guide about using clip hanger for reading recipes.

Clip hanger used for holding recipe, from cupboard knob.

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

Photo albums are an excellent choice for organizing your recipes. Cut or print them out and arrange to your liking. This is a guide about use photo albums to organize recipes.

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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

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.

Couple looking at recipes both online and using recipe box

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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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

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.

Cookie recipe taped to outside of plastic storage container.

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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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January 16, 20010 found this helpful

Highlight only the recipe you want to print, or save to your database, then go to file and print, choosing "selection" under print range and it will only print the portion that you highlighted.

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January 16, 20010 found this helpful

Copy and paste into a word processing document, ie. Microsoft Works; word processor, create folders to organize your recipes for example: main folder; RECIPES, then create sub-folders within the main folder. Name according to type. VEGETABLES, FRUITS, DESSERTS,(sub-folders) pies, cakes, frostings, cookies, etc., MAIN DISHES, etc. You can create sub-folders within these folders, also. Save your recipes here, and they will be ready to print out whenever you want them. Put the Main folder right within the application folder you are using for the word processor, then store the recipes in that folder.

If you don't want to save the recipes on your computer, but just want to print them out, use the word processor application anyway and choose 'no' when asked if you want to save it, OR, you can just copy and paste into a new e-mail form and print it from there.

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January 17, 20010 found this helpful

I save my recipes on floppies...use one for each category ie. Breads, Cookies, Main Dishes. I highlight the recipe and copy and paste it to my notepad. Then save to a 3.5 inch floppy. They are saved on the disk in alphabetical order.Then, when I want to try a new recipe, I insert my floppy, choose the recipe I want, and print it out. If I like the recipe, and think I will use it again, I put it in my looseleaf notebook that is used for recipes, cooking tips, ingredient substitutions and anything else that concerns cooking and baking. If I decide that I don't like it after all, I pitch the printed copy and delete it from my floppy disk.

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January 17, 20010 found this helpful

I have made a new folder on my desktop by placing the cursor on the desktop where it is not touching another folder. Left click, go down to new, and select folder. I named it recipes. Once it is opened I selected file and made several new files which I named, main course, side dishes, desserts, drink recipes, and so forth. As I recieve emails that I like, I just copy and paste to the appropriate file folder. When I have enough for a page, I print. This is of course after I format it with the same type style and size just for organization sake. I then have a 1 inch ring binder with the see through covers where I have printed a recipe page out and stuck it in there using the clear page protectors to quickly identify it. I have tabs corresponding with my file names such as main dishes. As I print, I file. Easy reference. I can use this at the stove. If I spill something on it. Quick clean up because it's in the plastic page protectors.

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By 0 found this helpful
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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July 31, 2011

When I am in the doctor's office or at the hair salon reading a magazine, I always seems to run across a recipe I like. However, when I write it down, I can never find it again. Any advice on how to keep recipes organized in your purse? I like to keep a few recipes in my purse just in case I decide to stop by the grocery store unexpectedly.

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January 1, 2006

I need to organize my recipes on my PC. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good TNT free cookbook or recipe software? I'd like to be able to import recipes from websites as well as email them and also be able to export to email and print. Is all that possible in any of the free or shareware programs? Thanks for any experiences you have to share.

Sherry from Georgia

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 2, 20060 found this helpful

http://www.livingcookbook.com/

There is a free demo download. I have ended up purchasing this software for $29.95. I absolutely love it. I seldom if ever buy software, but I did this one.

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June 21, 2005

I read about a free download for a way or organize recipes on a computer on some list but can't remember where to find it. I am in the progress of changing from webtv to a PC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for this wonderful list.
Opal from Texas

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June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Try this program http://www.tree  treepadfreeware/ TreePad Light. You can organinze you recipes in an outline form with the recipe name on the left and the ingredients on the right pane. YOu can also put them in categories. I use another outline program that I paid for to organize recipes.

Christy

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June 24, 20050 found this helpful

f-key savers were one of my favorites when i was on webtv !

http://www.site  x.html?eid=36203

-i used to have a ton of them but here are 3 on that link !

assign 1 of your favorite f-key savers to your f keys - that way - you are getting the most on that key - rather than one page -

also - your sig box (best i remember) can be saved to favorites & from there - in organizing faves- you will find you can assign f-keys !

one last thing for now -

if you work on your page builder - it's really handy to assign it an F key !

here's a cool link -

http://www.wtv-zone.com/BudGood/

& don't forget to check alt.discuss groups for html help - audio/video -- just about ANYTHING

last one :

if you deal with gobs of links like i used to -- try this

when you send a mail - paste the url on the subject line - then when you have a gob of them - tell your chums to also past the url on the subject line -- then, when you are ready for a page of all links - to store or whatever - ccp your email with all those links on the subject line to another mail - then you can delete all those mails without loosing one url ! --I also think there is room on the sub. line - to type in the link name - so your not in the dark - as to what the link is !

:)

melody_yesterday@yahoo.com

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 30, 20050 found this helpful

Better Homes & Gardens has a free thing on there website that allows you to input your recipes (or choice from their wide selection on their site), then you can organize them according to categories (create your own categories or use theirs) and then you can print it if you like or use it online. I did this with my recipes and then printed it and put it in a binder for all my favorite recipes. Also makes a fantastic way to organize family recipes, print, put in a binder (I suggest using plastic protective sleeves to protect them) and use as a great christmas gift for all the cooks in your family.

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July 30, 20050 found this helpful

If you have Microsoft XP, you open your MS Works Task Launcher, then go to Household Management..you will find you can create a Recipe Book. It has some formats, etc....Hope this helps!

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June 18, 2010

Take a favorite cook book of yours and write in your favorite family recipes on the flyleaf of the book, to avoid having to look them up each time that you use them. My personal favorite cook book is "The Joy Of Cooking". I think that every household should have a copy of this book, beginner and experienced cooks alike.

By one.of.a.kind from AL

Write Favorite Recipes in Flyleaf of Cookbook

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By 4 found this helpful
December 17, 2010

If you print recipes from a website in letter or A4 format, you can put them into a plastic sleeve and put them on the fridge or other metal surface with a magnet. You can keep several recipes in one sleeve (using a strong magnet might be helpful) and swap recipes as you need them.

I also printed an oven temperature guide and stuck it behind the oven (in a sleeve and stuck on with sellotape (sticky-tape) spots ), so when I use recipes from different countries which use different settings, I can easily check what I need to set my oven to.

By TLC4fdfnet from London, UK

Print Recipes in Letter Format

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