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Organizing Recipes In Cookbooks

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. Sometimes when I want to make a particular recipe, I either can't remember the name of the recipe or what book had the recipe.


On a recipe card, I will note what the main ingredient is, the name of the recipe, along with my own rating system or any special notes. Then I write the title of the recipe book along with the page number. I file the card in my recipe file appropriately.

This makes it so much easier for me. I don't have to rely on my memory anymore to find a particular recipe.

By mkymlp from NE PA

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks, that is a good tip. I also have lots of cookbooks and frequently forget which one has the recipe for a certain dish that I like best out of several. I also have a few recipe boxes, and I keep one for my "tried and true" recipes that I like the best. Helps me get to my special dish recipes fast.

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

I do basically the same, except I keep mine in a three ring loose leaf binder. I use the first two letters of the main ingredient; such as 'Be' for beef, to determine where they get filed alphabetically. Maybe three letters might be better, but it's way easy to find the one you want that way.

A computer printout of a Table of Contents can remind you of ones you've loved and maybe forgotten. I also add notes and hints and changes on individual recipe pages to remind me of mistakes, etc., in previous attempts cooking from that recipe -- which helps make the recipe better.

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