Do you have recipes scattered all over the place? A recipe card here, a magazine clipped one there, and a printed recipe off the computer somewhere? Yes, that used to be me too! If you have a nice, three-ring binder, then the answer to organizing your recipes is that simple. I call it My Recipe Book and have had a lot of fun making it. We did one for my daughter as well so she will be able to take it with her one day when she manages her own home. Here is how we created ours but keep in mind that this is a very flexible project so use what system works for you.
List of supplies I used but you can adjust to your own needs and budget:
- Avery Durable View Binder with 3 Inch EZ-Turn Ring, White
- Avery Top Loading Non-Glare Poly Sheet Protectors 100 Count
- Index Tab, 1", Plastic, Self-Stick, Clear, 25/Pack
- Decorative computer paper or create your own using clip art from the internet
First of all, make a cover page to slide into your binder (Above is a sample of mine with recipes sticking out that I want to try first prior to filing...). I found a pack of some vintage looking, rooster, computer paper at Big Lots for 99 cents and used this for my cover page and section divider pages (look in stationary section of store).
Next, I printed off "sections" for each category of cooking that I do. I placed these printed pages into plastic protector pages and added tabs which label each "section" below so that recipes are easy to find. Here are the labels I used:
- Main Dishes
- Side Dishes
- Yeast Dough
Lastly, insert your favorite recipes into the plastic protector pages and file them in the correct section. I try to make it a rule to include only the "tried and true" recipes. Otherwise, you get overloaded and overwhelmed and the book loses its appeal. The recipes in these books should be trusted. Once you have tried a recipe out successfully, then simply add into your book. I place all my recipes inside the plastic protector pages so that they can be wiped off if flour or liquid gets spilled on them. What is also nice is that you can just remove the page from the book when you are working on a recipe and don't have to deal with bulky items on your counter taking up extra space.
Incidentally, Fannie Farmer was the first person to create the cookbook as we know it today which has actual "measurements" instead of "a little bit of this" and "a little bit of that"…
~ Thank you Fannie ~
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