Organize Recipes in 3-Ring Binders

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. One book is just for meat recipes, I have it divided into beef, pork, chicken, and fish sections.


The other book is for everything else such as salads, breads, casseroles, pasta, drinks, and of course miscellaneous. You can make any category you want to fit your needs. The binders store neatly among my other cookbooks and have eliminated the messy stack of papers I had laying around and the recipes are so easy to find now.

By Anne from Marengo, OH

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Between recipes to try (printed, as well as online), favourites, recipes from friends and family (some tried, some not ... yet), cookbooks galore and quite a number I've written, keeping them all organized used to be a bit of a challenge. Not so much the physical recipe but where to find something when I wanted to make a specific dish.


My solution? A spreadsheet. Very simple to add headings such as title, exact physical location (or URL), main contents / key ingredients, type of dish (salad, main, and so forth), companion recipes, author, notes as to changes (optional, of course), new vs. tried-and-true, dates made and anything else we deem relevant: highly customizable.

Naturally it takes a bit of time to set up, but keeping it up isn't onerous and - for me at least - it's eliminated the frustrating hunt and "where the heck did I put that" annoyance.

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