I don't like using my favorite cookbooks in the kitchen. They get messy and don't last as long. I also don't like having to look for them when I need them. To solve this problem, I made up a list of recipes that I make often, then I bought 2 of the wire-bound index card pads. I didn't put the entire recipe in the pad most of the time. I put in whatever I needed to be reminded of when I make the recipe, such as an ingredient list, oven temperatures, and cooking or baking times. This allowed me to keep each recipe confined to one card.
I use an expensive music stand to hold my cook book away from the counter top, yet close enough to read the recipe. I keep the books open with large chip clips. Saves counter space and less spills on the pages.
The music stand is from the time when my son played a trombone in high school. Didn't know what to do with the stand, yet couldn't get rid of it. Glad I kept it.
Place a piece of glass from picture frame or plexiglass over recipe than all you have to do is wipe it off,and cook book is protected
One thing I learned from my elderly friend Mary, is to put recipes in a photo's album with the sleeves or adhesive. It's great...cut-outs from magazines, recipes cards, etc...all stay clean. If something spills, well, just wipe it off. When I saw her recipe book, I was really impressed, and went home and organized my loose recipes in a photo album.
Laura in NH
I bought 5 x 7 magnetic flat picture magnets and I write my frequently used recipes on an index card and slip it in the frame. It hangs flat on the inconspicuous side of the fridge. Stays handy and clean. I bought these frames at Walmart and Dollar tree. The front is clear plastic and the back is black thin magnetic material.
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