We have a lot of cookbooks.
I have a bin full of handwritten recipes from my husband’s two grandmothers. I plan to scan those in to my computer so they’re never lost. I’m working to organize them in page protectors or even a printed scrapbook cookbook.
All recipes tell a story.
I have two BHG cookbooks. My mom’s with handwritten notes and a newer one. I prefer my mom’s where she jotted down when I made wheat bread for a colonial class project. She also added the years she made which Christmas cookies or cakes.
We also collect a lot of recipes – from magazines and online sites.
How to Organize Recipes
Super easy to make a recipe binder and fun for gifts for the cook or foodie.
I have started compiling recipe binders for my kids as keepsakes of our favorite family recipes for them.
What you need for a recipe binder:
- Big 3 ring binder or several small binders for various cooking styles (desserts, main dishes, grilling, baking)
- Pretty cover for binder
- Clear page protectors
- Clear small pockets for small recipe cards and/or recipes clipped from magazines
I have a couple recipe journals to make notes when I try new recipes.
I seldom follow a recipe exactly, and it’s a huge joke with my kids that no recipe is perfect for me. I always want more of something, add a little of this or that, or don’t measure.
My grandmother never measured anything.
We measure garlic with our hearts.
My husband is often irritated that I don’t make the same dish twice because I often don’t measure or follow the recipe the same way or I don’t remember how I tweaked it last time and everyone loved it. I’m trying to remember to make notes in the journal!
Computer and/or Software
Many cooks prefer to declutter and have recipes digitized.
This makes recipes searchable by several criteria, saving time and space. You can easily pull up a recipe on a tablet or laptop on the counter or table while you cook.
- Evernote. I love this app for all sorts of digital organizing.
- Basil Recipe Manager
- Paprika Recipe Manager
- Copy Me That Recipe Manager
I have pin boards for lots of our family interests, and several for various cooking genres.
This helps me to find the recipes easily again and also share my faves with you!
Organizing recipes is a huge task to undertake, but I may digitize most of our recipes this summer to clear up space and get them all in one place.
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