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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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June 12, 20170 found this helpful

Clip hanger used for holding recipe, from cupboard knob.

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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.

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

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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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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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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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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!

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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November 28, 20110 found this helpful

I like this tip, too. I like it so much I've been doing it myself for over 40 years! :-)

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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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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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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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August 27, 2015

Scrapbook Pockets for Filing Recipes

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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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February 9, 2016

recipes inside a crockpot

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Couple looking at recipes both online and using recipe box

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

About ten years ago I got tired of sorting through all of my recipe cards trying to remember which ones I had tried and which ones I hadn't. I now have two recipe boxes. One is for recipes we have tried and use repeatedly and one is for recipes we have not yet tried and I go through it regularly to find a new recipe.

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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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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

I also keep a small notebook in my purse to keep things I need to remember. But I've also noticed on my cell phone I have a 'notepad' (my last one didn't) where I can keep track of things.

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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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January 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have been using Homecookin for 6 years on the trial version.

It was easy to enter all my prices from my grocery reciepts into the grocery list. Took about 3 weeks to get almost all teh correct prices in but that was 6 years ago. Now every 6 months or so I just review the prices and fix them as needed.

It prints your grocery list by department so it is very easy to use. It gives you a total for your purchases at the top of the print out, as well as individual prices beside each item. At this point my total and my actual cost never vary by more than 2.00. NOT TO SHABBY in my opinion.

On the trial you can store 100 recipes. Today was the day I said to myself... This software has been the best and easiest out of all I have tried, and I do think I have tried em all... I paid 29.95 for the full version.

I can now import and export, make my grocery list, and a one month meal plan, as well as save I think up to 10,000 recipes.I am spending today importing all my Master cook stuff into my Home cookin.

6 years free... I just think they deserve my 29.95 especially since it is the one software that I just keep returning to time, and time again. Here is the link if you are interested.

http://www.mountain-software.com/

Good luck!

Lpfusch

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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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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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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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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

Not only the flyleaf, but every other space in the book is a place just waiting for a good tip or bit of information to make your cooking and learning experinces more memorable. My 3 daughters started the habit of adding the dates to the recipes when we cooked or baked along with any changes or substitutions we'd made. Those books have provided some happy reading hours now that we've grown older together. My son who was born after the baby daughter was almost 16 years old still gets a big kick out of hearing some of our excursions into baking unknowns. They are precious to me.

I'm always happy to read when others are doing some of the same things we did.

Pookarina

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