Have your recipes and cookbooks gotten out of control? Do you have good intentions to get them organized but get overwhelmed when you think about it? Imagine if you could put your hands on the exact recipe you are looking for in seconds! To help you achieve that goal, I’ve laid out the 5 steps to get your recipes and cookbooks organized using my STUFF System(TM).
Gather all your cookbooks, loose recipes and cooking magazines. Next, start sorting into piles – cookbooks, cooking magazines and loose recipes. Then, sort your loose recipes into piles by the type of dish (desserts, poultry, fish, meat, vegetables, appetizers, etc). Look at a cookbook to get ideas of possible categories ideas.
Go through each pile and decide what you will keep and what you will let go. If you are limited on space you’ll have to be more selective. If you use just one or a few recipes from each cookbook, consider making a copy of those favorite ones and pass the cookbook on or donate the books to your library. Keto
If you have a collection of cooking magazines taking up lots of space, tear out the recipes you use or would like to try. Recycle the rest of the magazine.
What about all those loose recipes that you’ve printed from the internet and clipped from magazines? Do you have more than you’ll every try? Toss any incomplete or duplicate recipes.
Utilize Your Space and a System
Look at your available space. Where will your cookbooks and recipes live? In the kitchen? On a bookshelf? In a cupboard? In the pantry? Avoid storing them on your countertops.
~ Ideas for Your Loose Recipes ~
Create your own recipe binder to store your loose recipes. You just need a 3-ring binder, clear page protectors and divider tabs. Lay out your binder just like a cookbook. You’ve already sorted your recipes into piles – use those categories to label your divider tabs. Then slip the recipes into the clear page protectors. The page protectors also protect the recipes from spills and are easy to wipe clean. Perhaps you can have a section devoted to your family’s favorites or a section of new recipes you want to try.
Another idea is to use a portable file box to store your loose recipes. Label each hanging file folder with the categories and slip the recipes behind the appropriate tab.
You may prefer transferring recipes to index cards to store in a recipe box or small plastic photo albums. Here is an example of how I use small plastic photo albums for my favorite recipes. I love using this system because they are always handy.
Containers keep like items together. Your recipe binder is a container. A recipe box is a container. See how this step and the previous step can go together? Be sure to label your containers.