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By Monique from Somerset, UK., Weston-super-Mare
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have many recipes that I use an appliance for, such as a crockpot, pressure cooker, or bread machine.
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.
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.
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.
I have one email address that I use as my online cook book or archives. I send all of my recipe newsletters to that address and have created folders that I store all my recipes in.
When I find a internet recipe I'd like to try, I copy it to a blank email and print it. I then cut it to size and scotch tape it to the inside of my kitchen cabinet, where I'm not likely to forget that I was going to try something new.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love and collect cookbooks. I go through the cookbooks and write down in pencil in each cookbook the page numbers of the recipes I want to make. This saves me so much time and I have the recipes right at hand.
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.
I used to constantly buy cookbooks. Either the large cookbooks in the books section of the store, or the small ones near the registers. Then I discovered I could get the same recipes for free online!
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.
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.
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.
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.