Monday, January 3, 2011

Organizing our Recipes

We wanted to do a series this month on getting organized. I swear this is in some way part of my new year's resolutions every year. Maybe yours too. We'll share some of our ideas with you and hope that you'll return the favor with ideas of your own. (Either leave a comment, or send us an email. We may even make a post from your ideas, link to your blog... the possibilities are endless.) So now that 2011 is here, Let's Get Organized!

Here's one of my favorite new organized spaces, My Recipe Binder!

WARNING to some of you this may look like a mess, but it works for me.

I just started using this binder this last year, and I've been loving it! Here's why...

When I see a recipe I like in a magazine I tear it out. Hopefully, soon after, I make it. If I don't love it I throw it away. If it's delicious, I staple it to a piece of paper and it goes in the binder. What I love about this is I don't have to copy the recipe, and I get to keep all the amazing pictures.

(I am a very visual person so this is especially important to me. I remember the recipe the way it was typed, printed, or written when I made it. If all the recipes are uniform I'll have trouble finding it, and I won't remember if it's 'the one' I want.)

Some of the recipes are cut from magazines, some are printed from the computer, and others are on the scrap piece of paper I had at the time. They just stay as is! (Also a huge time-saver).

If I want information that's on the front and back of a page, I just staple one edge so I can still turn the page over and write myself a little note on the front. (I use staples for this reason, and because I don't want to worry about thing falling out when the glue gets old.)

If a recipe comes with tips, they go right where they belong. With the recipe.

I also have plenty of room to write notes and reminders of changes I made to a recipe, why I liked it, or if it's especially good with something else.

I haven't put any dividers in because it really isn't that big yet, but I probably will eventually. Right now similar recipes are just grouped together. Soups, breads, desserts, salads, main dishes... you get the point.

Hope this gave you a few ideas of your own.

Here are some recipe organizing ideas from Jaime:

Hey. It's Jaime now. Soooo, I don't know if "organized" is the right way to describe what I do with my recipes, but I do have a system, and it works for me. :)
Like Emily, I'm not in to re-writing recipes onto recipe cards--especially if they come from a magazine, and I want to keep the photos. I do however have a fabulous recipe box my mom gave me. I love it, I use it and I keep all my family-heirloom recipes in there. Whenever I do have a recipe written on a recipe card that is truly worthy of the box, in it goes.

Here it is; isn't it wonderful? :) I just love it.

But what about all those recipes from magazines that I rip out like it's going out of style? Well, there's my system.

First, if I'm going to make the recipe soon (as in within a week or two), I just magnet-it to the refrigerator. Easy Cheesy. Perhaps a bit messy, but I try to keep the recipes to a minimum and then I remember to make them and have easy access to them if I'm making my menu and grocery list for the week.

(This Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn was awesome by the way! Perhaps I'll share it sometime....)

If, however, I'm not going to be making that dish anytime soon, but I want to try it SOMEDAY, then it goes into the "to try" binder.  This is a binder is a bit of a mess, but it has all sorts of tabs, and I just fold the recipe in half/cut it out/whatever and slide it into the right spot.

Whenever I want to try something new, I go to the binder. If it's just been awhile and want a peek, I go to the binder. It's a great collection of fun and tasty looking recipes. Sometimes as I'm going through the binder I throw stuff out that I realize I really won't ever make. Sometimes, like today, I pull out a few recipes, magnet them to the fridge and they're on the menu this week.

Then, after a recipe has been prepared and it has proven itself worthy, if and only if it is truly a keeper, then it goes into the "keeper" binder.

That's how we organize our recipes--to each their own! We hope you find a system that works for you.

How do you organize your recipes?


  1. What a great idea to keep all your favorite recipes in one place! I love it!!

  2. I have thought of doing the same thing. I just have not found the time! I think it is a great idea. I admit mine are still in a box on index cards, papers folded up etc..
    I would love for you to link this to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!
    I found you from Sassy sites.
    I'm giving you my link since I'm not on blogger anymore.

  3. I love this! Thanks for the lovely comment on my organized drawer.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my link party on my blog.

  5. I totally love the test then add strategy!

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  6. Great organization ideas! That is what I'm going to try to tackle soon! I just have to decide on a system.

  7. Love this. I really need some way to organize my recipes. And this is something I can do!

  8. I do something totally different, but it works well for me since most of my recipes come from online sites.

    I have laminated papers with my recipes typed on them. They are color coded for type of dish...chicken, bread, dessert....

    If you are interested, you can read more here.

    The pictures.

  9. Thanks for linking up at A Home Made by Kiki! I love both of your systems for organizing your recipes. I definitely need to come up with my own system. Right now, all of my torn out recipes are stuffed into a filing folder in my filing cabinet until I try them. I have quite a few an they aren't organized at all! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I chose your recipe binder as one of my favorites that was linked up to Simplify for the New Year at A Home Made by Kiki. I featured it on the blog today...thanks for linking up!


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