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Old 08-23-2008, 01:30 PM
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Organizing recipes?

OK, OMG. I decided to go through all my recipes, magazines, little booklets from the grocery store, my ancient collection in a spiral notebook... the list goes on! It's a disaster!

How do you organize all your recipes? Do you use recipe cards, a three ring binder, tape them to blank notebook pages??? Help!

Would love to hear how everyone is handling this
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:40 PM
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This is a great question Amanda. My recipes were organized a few years back. I put them in binders on notebook paper. Since then, I have printed out so many more and they seem to be everywhere. I really would love to know how others keep them organized.
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Old 08-23-2008, 02:08 PM
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I have recipes everywhere...clippings shoved into folders, some clippings organized in binders (but I admit that I NEVER look at those), one binder with printed recipes that I DO use all the time, and a recipe box with 2 3X5 drawers full of recipes--many of which I have never tried.

And then there's the collection of over 100 cookbooks.

We won't even TALK about the Mastercook files on my computer.

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Amanda years ago my mom bought me a book called the recipe finder.......it has a page with you to enter the recipe name and then a clear plastic pocket to put them all in...there is a section for each category..example chicken. pork, cookies. When looking for a recipe I look at the list in the category I want and then if it is there I know it will be in that pocket. You could make your own with dividers , clear plastic pockets and lined paper and a 3 ring binder. Sure helps me keep organised.

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Old 08-24-2008, 02:10 PM
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I think that's exactly what I am going to do Deb. I used to tape all my recipes into a book, but never by category. No organization. I went through and pulled all of them out yesterday. I have a three ring binder and intend to use that, sorted by category.
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I use a photo album with self-adhesive pages so the recipes stick to the page and then are under the plastic covering. I have a separate album for baking and one for meals. The photo album is awesome because it will stand up if I want it to, or the pages will lie flat. If I spill something on it or flour falls onto it, you can simply wipe it off. Most of the ones you buy can be expandable.
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I use a photo album with self-adhesive pages so the recipes stick to the page and then are under the plastic covering. I have a separate album for baking and one for meals. The photo album is awesome because it will stand up if I want it to, or the pages will lie flat. If I spill something on it or flour falls onto it, you can simply wipe it off. Most of the ones you buy can be expandable.
I used to do this many years ago but now my recipes are scattered everywhere on paper...on my computer desk, in the kitchen, on the table....UGH. I like Debbie's idea!
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One project I did this summer that was well worth the time was to make a Recipe Cheat Sheet. I saw something about this on a blog I read. Basically, this is for those recipes that you make so much, you know how to cook them, but you need the measurements for ingredients. You just make a word-processing document, using boxes or columns, and put each ingredient list in a separate section. I got about 15 recipes on a page this way.

I made 2 of these, 1 for main meals and 1 for baking. Then I put them in a page protector and hung it on the inside of a cabinet door. This has saved me a lot of time looking for those frequently-used recipes.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:23 AM
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I keep some recipes in a large 3-ring binder. They are either handwritten on loose leaf paper or printed out and 3-hole punched. I have them divided into categories: bread, poultry, pasta, etc. I will usually take the page I want out and slip it behind the plastic on the cover. That way if I'm messy, I can just wipe the cover and the recipe stays nice and clean.

The bulk of my recipes come from Taste of Home and Light and Tasty. I store them in plastic magazine holders. I use Post-It Flags along the tops of the pages to mark the most-used recipes. I also do this with my cookbooks which I only have about 5 of. A few years ago, I went through my cookbook collection, wrote down the recipes I actually used from them and did a lot of purging.

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Recipes all start off orderly, but keep getting more disorderly ......
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