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Old 05-09-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
 
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I really need help with this! My recipes are all over the place. I have some recipes handwritten on index cards, notebook papers, recipes torn out of magazines which are all stored in a small file box in no particular order. I have some saved on my computer. I have some stuck inside cookbooks. Some of them I've tried and some of them sound good but I have not yet tried them. They're everywhere and so unorganized because I never could come up with a good method to keep them.

I'm usually a pretty organized person but I just can't come up with a good way to organize my recipes. I don't know whether to use some sort of recipe box or put together a notebook of some sort or ??

Care to share how you organize your recipes?
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
 
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I use binders and clear sleeve protectors that I put printed pages in. If you have recipe cards you could tape it to a thick piece of card stock to put inside the clear sleeve and if it's double sided you could make a copy of it instead. The nice thing about a binder is I can take the page out that I'm cooking (I use a magnet to secure it to my cabinet door right by the stove so I can see it while I cook and keep it off the counter) and if it gets messy I can easily wipe it off because of the page protector.

I have one binder for appetizers, mains, sides, etc and one smaller one for desserts and miscellaneous.

I also have a few stacked paper trays that I keep loose sheets in of things I want to try, things I've tried and need to file or just random things I've torn out of magazines.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
 
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Most of my recipes come from online recipe sites. so I just copy/paste them into a Word doc and save them alphabetically in a folder on my PC. I print them as needed...until I memorize them or memorize most of what I need to do and can just glance at the document to refresh my memory.

The phone I have now is big enough tht I can also just log onto the site and easily read the recipe on my phone while I cook.

I have a few cookbooks I bring into the kitchen w/ me (I hate doing that tho bc they often get dirty).

I don't keep random scraps of paper or note cards lying around....would make me crazy! LOL
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like springy, i use binders and plastic sleeves.

all my online bookmarks are now on my Pinterest!

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:54 AM   #5
 
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Like SL I also copy and paste into a WORD document and just print when I want to try something. The only ones that go into the binder are things that I've tried and know we love. I can't even tell you the stacks of printed recipes I have that "Oh, I'm trying this next!".

I've tried to get better about that by using my iPad in the kitchen and looking up the site I found the recipe at on it before printing so I can save paper.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
 
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I am slowly transitioning to having everything in the Evernote app on my iPhone and MacBook. It's really useful! You can clip webpages to the app, or write your own notes, or add photos of recipe book pages, and tag them all so you can find/search for them later.

Evernote will also sync between devices, so I can type a recipe in using the nice keyboard on my MacBook and the note will sync to my iPhone. You can also share your Evernote items with friends using email or FB or whatever.
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The myrecipes ap for ipad is great.
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I've tried to get better about that by using my iPad in the kitchen and looking up the site I found the recipe at on it before printing so I can save paper.
This is pretty well all I use my iPad for
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:40 AM   #9
 
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I created a single Word document of all my existing recipes with searchable table of contents/tags organized like a traditional cookbook (appetizers and drinks first, desserts last). The main headers are the document sections, then sub-headings for recipe titles (which are in abc order). When I get a new recipe that I've tried and liked, I just add it there. I usually change things in recipes I find, so I like to tweak the written recipe to match what I actually did before adding it to the main document.

I am slowly starting to take pictures for some of the recipes, and will give the full thing to Dia in professionally printed/bound and electronic versions when she graduates or gets married, haven't decided yet.

Two of my parents' homes were burned down, and we lost all of our pictures and family memorabilia, including written recipes and cookbooks. I collect print cookbooks and love them, but losing all of our history incentivized me to start keeping all the important stuff online/in the cloud to the maximum extent.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
 
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After years of having a million billion recipes stored in boxes and bins and envelopes and files, I finally sat down a couple years ago and sorted through them all.
I really had to force myself to just throw away the many recipes I had no attachment to and had no intentions of ever making. I wanted to be able to easily find the recipes that I used regularly, old family recipes, and those I really wanted to try.
So I just got this simple file and it has worked out really well. There are still hundreds of recipes but it is much less stressful to go through them now.
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Wow, thanks for all the great ideas everyone! My current phone is not large enough for reading a recipe from and I donít own an ipad. I was doing a little research online yesterday and came across this recipe binder that I REALLY like. Check it out!!

IHeart Organizing: Reader Space: Rad Recipe Binder {and a freebie!}

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I created a single Word document of all my existing recipes with searchable table of contents/tags organized like a traditional cookbook (appetizers and drinks first, desserts last). The main headers are the document sections, then sub-headings for recipe titles (which are in abc order). When I get a new recipe that I've tried and liked, I just add it there. I usually change things in recipes I find, so I like to tweak the written recipe to match what I actually did before adding it to the main document.

I am slowly starting to take pictures for some of the recipes, and will give the full thing to Dia in professionally printed/bound and electronic versions when she graduates or gets married, haven't decided yet.

Two of my parents' homes were burned down, and we lost all of our pictures and family memorabilia, including written recipes and cookbooks. I collect print cookbooks and love them, but losing all of our history incentivized me to start keeping all the important stuff online/in the cloud to the maximum extent.
Dia99, very clever! Sorry to hear about your parentsí homes. Dia will be one lucky girl to get this family cookbook.

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After years of having a million billion recipes stored in boxes and bins and envelopes and files, I finally sat down a couple years ago and sorted through them all.
I really had to force myself to just throw away the many recipes I had no attachment to and had no intentions of ever making. I wanted to be able to easily find the recipes that I used regularly, old family recipes, and those I really wanted to try.
So I just got this simple file and it has worked out really well. There are still hundreds of recipes but it is much less stressful to go through them now.
Jeepy, funny, I saw a file exactly like this the other day and wondered if it might work for putting my recipes in. My only concern was that each divider wasnít attached at the bottom so I thought some of the pages from one category would slide to the bottom and get all mixed up with recipes from a another category.
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^ mine is packed pretty full, all different sizes and types of paper, but I've never had one 'sneak' out. : )
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I have so many saved in my computer and have been meaning to print them out on special paper (that won't stain) and put in a recipe notebook I got online. It's called "The Never Ending Cookbook". I have planning on doing this cookbook for a year now, but keep procrastinating. Once I get settled into my new place I plan to get very involved with it. I also have recipes I've printed off online and torn out of magazines and plan to type these into my documents.
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^ mine is packed pretty full, all different sizes and types of paper, but I've never had one 'sneak' out. : )
I might go ahead and pick one up. I could use it for storing recipes I've gotten off the internet or torn out of magazines until such time as they get 'tested' and either discarded or moved to the recipe notebook. If it doesn't work out, I think it'd be great to store all our owner's manuals we have for all the crap we own.

By the way, would a manilla file folder fit in each individual section?
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I think manila folders would take up alot of space, at least in the one I have. It doesn't 'accordion' out real wide.
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Okay, thanks for your input. I plan to take another look at it.

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