Organizing Recipes: Kickin’ It Old School

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Sherri Kruger from Zen Family Habits writes about her long search for the ideal way to organize recipes in this guest post.

I love to cook and I love to bake. Almost as much as I love to eat.

I have a ton of recipes. Some are old family recipes passed down from my great-grandparents, others are from pages of magazines or printed from the Internet. Over the years I have tried a number of different ways to keep track of and organize our recipes but nothing ever felt right.

Rachel has written about organizing her recipes electronically using Evernote and I really wish I could make it work for me, but I just can’t.

Here are a few things I’ve tried.

Spread sheet on-line

Pros:

  • These are relatively easy to maintain and edit to include your own notes and modifications.
  • Not so good recipes can be deleted from your collection with the press of a button.
  • It’s neat and legible for everyone.
  • The search functionality is fantastic.

Cons:

  • You need to print off recipes to refer to while you’re cooking or;
  • You need to have a computer within close proximity to the kitchen.
  • It’s a bit cold and lacks personality.

Binder with clear sheet protectors

Pros:

  • Keeps recipes flat and ordered.
  • Spills and splatters can be wiped off.
  • Easy to re-order recipes and insert new ones.

Cons:

  • Not all recipes are printed on the same size paper. You may need to fold some, while others float around.
  • Binders are typically tall and so they take up a lot of vertical space.

Spiral notebook

Pros:

  • All recipes are contained in one neat little book.
  • Doesn’t take up a lot of room.
  • You can number the recipes and create an index at the front which makes finding recipes a snap.

Cons:

  • If you don’t like a recipe it’s tougher to get rid of it. Especially if you write on both sides of the page.
  • It’s difficult to insert new recipes especially if you’re sorting by category.
  • Difficult to share individual recipes with others. You need to transcribe it for them or give up your whole notebook.

Kicking it old school: Recipe Cards

All of these organizing methods have brought me full circle, back to the good-old-reliable recipe cards. I think there’s a reason they’ve been used for the past several decades. I love looking through my Grannie and Grandpa’s recipe box and seeing old family favorites as well as ones I have yet to try. They have such personality. Aged from years of living in the kitchen, handwritten, stained and grease marked — a sure sign of dishes held near and dear.

Pros:

  • One recipe to one card. These can be edited, re-written and modified easily.
  • They don’t take up a lot of space.
  • Inexpensive.
  • You can easily insert a new recipe when sorting into categories.

Cons:

  • They become messy with food splatter, grease marks and stains.
  • Ink may fade with time.
  • Can get out of order if not everyone is on board with your system.

Old school recipe cards are pretty tough to beat. Your handwriting adds warmth and personality even if it’s not perfect. Remember that the recipes you write out today may be fondly admired by your grandchildren years from now.

(from Rachel: Okay, I’m convinced. Even though my recipes are on the computer, I’m going to copy my favorite ones on to recipe cards, and maybe tape them to the inside of the cabinet door for quick glances.)

How do you organize your recipes?

sherrizfhSherri Kruger writes at Zen Family Habits, a blog celebrating all things family. She’s a stay at home mom of two and also writes at her personal development blog dedicated to sharing simple tips to enjoy life.

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Comments

  1. Yes, I think old school recipe cards are just nostalgic–takes me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen.

    Not practical enough for me though–I tend to go with the binder and sheet protectors!

    Love these pros & cons!

    Jamie

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  2. I found this little notecard organizer at target of all places. I love it for my recipes.

  3. Hi Sherri,
    Fantastic post! I actually do a combo of the binder and recipe cards (I get sleeves that fit index sized cards perfectly, so I can see a lot of recipes quickly by flipping pages) but can easily take them out to get them all greasy and messy :)

    I also use large black clips hung on simple nails near my stove to clip the index cards on so I can see what I need to prep or cook and it helps them from getting in the way on the counter.

    Love the handwriting encouragement too– there is something special about following a handwritten recipe!

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  4. Yep, old school card file and binder over here too. My mother in law sends me recipes constantly, cut out of magazines, written in pencil, photocopied from an old index card. They get stapled to a new index card and placed in the note card box. The only way to go.

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  5. I have a binder with sheet protectors. I also have recipe cards stored in a little wicker basket in my spice cabinet. Both ways work for me. I love recipe cards and cookbooks that have food splatters, stains and hand-written notes in the margins. Makes them so personal and it’s obvious that they were used often.

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    • I love seeing the notes written in cookbooks about adjustments or if something is really good. I only have one cookbook, but I plan to write all over it!

  6. I use recipe cards as well because I love how small, compact and versatile they are. But a few years ago, I made digital versions of all our family favourites, printed them out card size and paid to have them all laminated. One set for each family member. Now I know the well loved and most used recipes won’t get damaged and I can mix in other cards as I go. Once a card has been promoted to being a favourite, it gets printed and laminated.

  7. I really need to pick one organizing system. Honestly I have recipes throughout my kitchen notebook (which I am testing for a cookbook), random scraps of paper in my desk drawer, recipes to try in my planner, and innumerable other places they shouldn’t be.

  8. I am using MacGourmet both on my home computer and on my iPhone. Not only can I keep all my recipes in one place, but I can use them to create a Meal Plan for the week and a corresponding shopping list. Then I can use my phone for the recipe and for my shopping list (no paper.) Works like a charm!

  9. I use the old school recipe card system… only problem I have with it is that I don’t always know what I have recipes for. I need to have a spreadsheet or something that lists all my recipes, so I can see at a glance what I have. I also have a bunch of cookbooks and cooking magazines I use from time to time (especially my 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook).

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  10. I probably have the worse system. I currently print them online then when I am done throw them in a drawer in the kitchen. To make matters worse, if I want to cook the same thing again but can’t find it in the mess, I just print a new one and add the 2nd copy to the mess. I love the cards, so simple and personal. Now I feel that I should really clear that drawer out and start that. I have a box of index cards and dividers just sitting here waiting for a purpose so I have no excuse.

  11. I use the recipe card system and store the cards in 3 card boxes with dividers – sweet, savoury and other, because I just keep collecting recipes. My mother in-law also uses recipe cards, but she keeps hers in those old-fashioned photo albums that you slide photos into, so the cards are kept clean, as if they were in plastic sleeves. She doesn’t have half the recipe collection I do though, which is how she can manage it. I like the used, loved feel of recipe cards that have been spilled on and it really isn’t that difficult to re-write a card that has been badly damaged.

  12. Okay, I just posted about tastebook, which we have found is a lovely way to preserve old family recipes– basically an online way of generating your own professional looking family cookbook. We did it for Christmas this year, and I’m hopeful that it will help some of our treasured recipes survive for many more generations– one of the few “products” I would recommend to family and friends. We’re pretty minimalistic when it comes to buying stuff. But I do miss the handwriting. :-)

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  13. My systems are: 1. a folder in my file cabinent called “recipes” and 2. another folder online in my favorites. I’ve never really thought much about this before, but now that you mention it, the system’s not working for me. You’ve successfully converted me to the recipe cards.

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  14. I currently have a recipe box with about 20 filled out recipe cards, and then about 30 printed out recipes that I keep meaning to copy over… Once I finally get around to it, I think I might try this method to display my favorites
    http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/11/somebody-put-a-cork-in-us/
    I think that that is the cutest idea, and I totally want to try it!

    Growing up my mom always handwrote recipe cards, and then covered them with that stuff that everyone used to cover the bottoms of cabinets in. I think it’s called contact paper? Anyway, it’s basically like home-laminating them, so the old recipes from my grandma and great grandma are still legible!

  15. We don’t have those recipe cards over in the UK. Luckily my American mother-in-law has bought me lots over recent years so I make use of those now. I also have a scrapbook where I stick in recipes I cut out of newspapers/magazines. One end with savoury dishes and the other with sweets/baking.

  16. I lost my Mom a year ago and when I was going through her things, one of the items that touched me the most was her recipe card box. To see some of my old favorite memories in her handwriting brought me to tears. And then I discovered my grandmothers cards as well as various other relatives. These have become cherished items.

    • Hi Linda. I lost my Mom five years ago and my Dad gave me her recipe box. It still brings a smile to my face when I see her handwriting. We also exchanged a lot of email recipes and have some of those pages printed out in my messy recipe file. Makes me realize that’s one of the things we loved–sharing recipes–and I still miss it!

  17. I have been swamped with recipe cards and print-offs and magazine tear-outs which I have tried to organize! I have recipe boxes and binders and folders. My biggest problems are finding them when I want them or wading through them looking for ideas. Lately, I’ve organized them on delicious.com which works well for me because I can tag them so when I want supper ideas or have a particular ingredient I want to use I can find them fast and easily. For family favorite recipes I’ve created my own Tastebook on tastebook.com.

  18. When my Mom died in October of 2003 the only thing I REALLY wanted was her recipe boxes. I cried my way all through December of that year cooking from her cards and grieving, laughing, remembering… Each card was either typed or handwritten, stained, dog-eared, and full of memories of her love for us that came out in her cooking. What was even more wonderful was it contained both her handwritten cards as well as my grandmothers!

    I have since taken one of each and framed them in a unique way so I can see them every day (See my post: http://riverrockcottage.blogspot.com/2009/05/remembering-mothers.html )

    I’ve re-typed most of ours using a Mac program called Pages, added some photos, and then slipped them in protective covers in a notebook. But I will always keep some hand written cards for my daughters as well.

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  19. I have the ones I use most constantly printed out on 8.5×11 paper, and have them all in a black 3 ring folder. It’s not very organized, but the folder is small enough that I can take it with me on trips when I often have the opportunity to cook for others. Beyond that, I have either my cookbooks or Internet access so that I can call up recipes I need. I’ve never been able to get into recipe cards, because they take so long to copy if a friend wants one, and you can never fit all the things you need to on just one (maybe that’s a sign I need to simplify my methods a bit :)). But they are cute, and I do like how you could almost make a certain recipe card design like your “culinary calling card.”

    This may just be me, but I actually like it when my recipes get a little dirty or get water spots on them – it’s like a history of that recipe. Sometimes I have to replace them, of course, but to me it’s like a tattered or worn Bible – the more it’s used, the more it’s loved.

  20. I’m a binder person for the most part, so most of my recipes are printed off and 3-hole punched and put in my binder in their appropriate spot.
    For my recipe cards: I have lots in my mom’s handwriting and other family members and I want to keep them, so I got a picture album for my birthday and I don’t love them for my pictures, so I put my recipe cards in there. They’re protected by the plastic film to be wiped off if they get messy. They don’t take up a whole lot of room. They’re easy to rearrange and remove from the album.
    And they store easily with my other recipe books.
    You can buy a cute album that suits your style of your kitchen style. And they’re fairly inexpensive.

  21. I have a self-stick photo album for magazine clippings and recipes that people have given me. I put “real food” at the front and desserts and treats at the back. It allows me to put several different shapes/sizes on a page and I can also add the picture when available. I print off recipes and keep them together in the pantry w/a large office clip.

  22. I took some time to categorize all my recipe cards, then put them into a photo album. It works just great for me.

  23. Ummmm…I am totally UNORGANIZED with my recipes. BUT…I know where every one of them is hiding. In my favorite Amish cookbook, in the 6×9 spiral nookbook, in my recipe box, on someone’s blog, at the bottom of my backpack. :)

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  24. I have tried every conceivable system and found the binder system works well for me. I actually have two sets of binders–one binder of recipes I want to try, and one for recipes that I have tried and want to make again. The to-try binder is comprised of recipes torn out of magazines, printed off of the internet, etc. Recipes on cards or clipped from the paper are taped onto binder paper. This makes it easy to flip through when I want to try something new. If I don’t like the recipe, I simply toss it. If it makes it into the Keeper binder, I type it up and put it in a sheet protector. I do have some recipes on cards hand-written by my mother. I can’t bear to throw them out, so I am saving them for a scrapbook.

    • What a good idea to have two binders for new recipes and keepers! Then you know where to look if you want something that you know will be good or if you’re ready to try something new. No big time investment needed for the recipes you haven’t tried yet.

  25. I’m a binder girl – I did a post on it awhile back – check it out here:
    http://cleanmama.blogspot.com/2009/10/im-binder-girl.html

  26. I use an expandable file folder, with tabs labeled: baking; breakfast; apps/sides; soups-meat; soups-vegetarian; main-meat; main-vegetarian; desserts; gifts; tips (for techniques cut out of magazines, etc.). I participate in a vegetarian cooking group, so need to be able to easily access my veggie options.

    With the expandable file folder I can easily pull out a stack and sift through what I have. I have a small apartment kitchen, and keep my most-current recipes above my main workstation with a magnet on my knife rack (which is attached to the wall). Link to my flickr photo: http://tinyurl.com/yzjrjq8

    Every week or so I gather all the recipes that are scattered around my kitchen, and stick them near the file folder. About once a month (or when I’m tidying up) I sort & file them.

  27. i love the idea of returning to a more old school way of doing my recipe cards. There are so many pretty recipe cards and boxes and it creates a wonderful momento.

    Right now, I’m using a binder/sheet protector method just bc soooo many of my recipes are printed out from the internet.

  28. Good question! Mine are SO SO NOT! But I need to fix that this year..

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  29. I put my recipes on 4-6 cards, then slide the most popular ones into a stand up flip style photo album. I can easily switch out the my favorites with the season (somehow my favorites are all cookies around christmas :-) and it keeps them clean and in an easy to read position while I’m using them. I keep the others in those plastic $2-3 photo albums sorted my type (chicken, beef, veggie, baking etc).

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  30. I’m starting to use cards again since my binder system doesn’t work for me. I’ve been storing the cards in the photo brag books you can get for $1 just about anywhere. They stay clean and they can fit my new cards that I do in 4×6 or my Grandma’s old ones 3×5. Some day I hope to have one book for different things like bread, chicken, sweets…you get the idea.

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  31. These comments are awesome– I love hearing what others are doing. I have a recipe binder with plastic sleeves. I also save all my “to try” stuff in Evernote (which is awesome, thanks Rachel), and print things as I need them.

    My binder needs an overhaul, though– how I cook and eat has changed a lot since I started it like 5 years ago. I do much more whole foods cooking now.

    I also keep a list of recipes we love in my home organization binder, with a note on where to find them (binder, which page in a cookbook, etc.) It’s hard! I always forget about recipes I love and plan to make again.

    My fridge is right by the stove, so I keep a place cleared with a magnet to hold my recipe while I cook.

    I love hearing how others cook and organize. Really, I do.

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    • Oh tell me about it. I can’t use any of my old recipes now, so I’m still building my collection with a large number of new recipes to try in Evernote.

  32. I used to use recipe cards in a box, which was so quaint and easy to store, but my card was more pretty than functional and it was difficult to find what I wanted.

    I switched over to using a cute photo album to store my recipes about 4 years ago and have never looked back. I write most of mine out on recipe cards, or print them off of sites like allrecipes.com in the 3×5 notecard size. They fit really well in the photo slots of my album. I love that I can see 8 recipes within a given category with just a flip of a page. When I want to use a particular recipe, I pull it out and put it on the counter.

    My biggest challenge? I’m terrible at putting the cards back where they belong! I tend to stockpile them in a little stack until I have 5-10 that need to be put back.

    Other than that, I LOVE using his system. I agree that handwritten cards are so nice, and I love that I have some in there from friends/family and it’s special to see their handwriting.

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  33. Oops, meant to say that the box was more pretty than functional. The cards are pure function, not so pretty. :)

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  34. vermontmommy says:

    I bought some pretty binders from Target and have my recipes in plastic page protectors.

    I do have plenty of cookbooks (but I purge as needed. I have too small shelves and I will only keep what fits on them). The page protectors allow me to pull the page out and clip it to a magnet on my oven hood for cooking.

  35. Ha that is funny! I just came to the same conclusion this week! I’ve had a mess of recipies for years – here are some of my other tips…I have one recipe box for the tried and true favorites. I have another for the recipes others have given me and I may try – if we like it I’ll put it into the tried and true box. I have an accordian folder for the recipies I’ve pulled out of magazines and the recipe booklets that come with appliances. Again, if I actually make any of them I’ll copy it onto a regular card and put it in the tried and true box. Huh, I’ll have to post about this eventually.

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  36. I switched to recipe cards before the holidays and love it… however I HATE writing out recipes. I have taken to typing them in my word processor and printing them on index cards (I just set up the page to be index card size and type away). One of my favorite things is if my card gets too gross, I can re-print it. :-)

  37. Hi.

    I print most of my recipes from the computer, so I like a small open-top black file frame (mesh) of the type that are intended to sit on the top of a desk. I have hanging folders in there, labeled with major categories. I have a stash of page protectors in the front folder so I can slip one over a recipe if I think it’s going to get messy.

    I tried the binder thing, the card thing (3×5, 4×6, printed and hand written), binding with discs instead of rings.. The hole punching and binding and resizing and rewriting parts just annoyed me and delayed getting my recipes in their right places. So now I just slip the recipe into the folder in the box. The box itself sits on the kitchen counter. My recipes are where they belong, sorted reasonably well, and eminently findable. They’re also protected.

    Note, I had a few handwritten recipe cards that I have stuffed into the same file folders. They’re jumbled in, but they’re still findable.

    shris

  38. Hi everyone,

    Firstly, a huge thank you to Rachel for posting my article here on a small notebook. You have a lovely community here and I’m happy to have been able to contribute.

    Secondly, I love the mix of organizing solutions that you’ve all shared here as well. I’m not too keen on writing out recipes either but as I said they could be what my grandkids will be admiring years and years from now. I love the note card organizer (from Target) and the binder clips on the wall! Awesome!

    Thank you all I’m glad you enjoyed my little post here and the picture is one of Gran’s recipe cards – a family favorite. :)

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  39. Three cheers for recipe cards! My favorites? Plain ol’ lined 3×5′s. So spartan and fresh.

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  40. I only have a hanging file folder for recipes to try (still learning to cook) but when I finally get some TNT recipes, the method that I think would work for me is the paper and binder method. I will retype the recipe using a bigger font (I’m partially blind), print out, put in a sheet protector and into a binder. I want to try the recipe card method but I think that it will be harder for me to read the recipe.

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  41. I use http://tastebook.com to enter my recipes with the hopes that I’ll soon publish the cookbook!! Can’t wait!

    Until then, I just use the ole’ rip-out of magazines format, and then place them into plastic sleeves in a 3 ring binder …

  42. I love recipes, too. I think food/recipes are such a part of our family history. I am fond of the 3 ring binders. For the daughters and some other family weddings, I gatherered family favorites and added photos to the recipe, printed them out on cardstock, and put them in a binder for a gift. If I have the handwritten recipe, I can slip it in the same sleeve, too. I think it is fun to look on the faces of my loved ones as I cook. Hard to beat!

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  43. I agree with you about going ‘oldschool’. I’m actually thinking of a hybrid. My mother was the cook in the family and she passed away six years ago, ever since everyone is asking about her infamous recipe box and if they could borrow it or have a recipe from it.

    I think I will scan the actual recipe cards into digital images and prepare them into a PDF file with the typed instructions just below them. Possibly even getting them printed and making a spectacular gift out of it. This way the original cards can be preserved for posterity, and everyone gets a copy of the recipes they’ve missed so much.

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  44. I keep my recipes in sheet protectors in hanging files. This allows me to keep all my recipes in one place, whether they are handwritten, printed from the computer, or clipped from a magazine. If I have recipes written on recipe cards by myself or friends or family, I put them in sheet protectors designed to hold cards so I can see both sides. I even photocopy the recipes I use the most from my favorite recipe books so I can put them in the files with the others. When I plan my menu each week, I select the recipes I’ll be using and hang them on my refrigerator with a magnet-clip so I can see them easily when I’m ready to cook.

  45. I have one cookbook I like to use a lot (Better Homes and Gardens Red Plaid – I’d have been lost without it when I first got married!) but all of my favorite recipes go into a recipe card box I keep on my stove.

    Most of them are plain white index cards, but a few (especially recipes given to me by others) are on fancier recipe cards.

    My favorite thing about my recipe card box is that in the front, on brightly colored index cards, I have hand-copied scripture verses. (When I remember to) I pull one out and clip it to the oven hood to meditate on while I cook. I love feeding my spirit while I’m preparing to feed my belly!

  46. Love the pro’s and con’s!!! I have to go with hand written, they are just so memorable. I have had a ring bound notebook since my teens… I am comfortable in it and it is packed with memories… and finally falling into disrepair. I will have to address it but I just can’t face it!!!

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  47. I use a 3 ring binder that has pockets, recipe card holders, and plain 8 1/2 x 11 clear page covers. I can add online print-outs (otherwise I end up printing the same thing out over and over), my old recipe cards, and cutouts from magazines. During my bridal shower my mom sent out postcards to everyone and they wrote their favorite recipes on the back, so I have a collection of all my dearest friends recipes, too, in their handwriting. Love it!

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  48. LindsayRuns says:

    I love having cards in my mom’s handwriting, I know it will be special to me later on in life!

  49. I have a hard-back journal I add my own favorite recipes to.They’re scribbled in there, and all dirty from use. I hope to give it to my niece one day!

  50. I love the old school recipe cards. It is awesome to go back and look at the cards that belonged to my grandmother and mom.

  51. Oh, but I do love the hand-written recipe cards from my Grandmother. What a lovely thing to have!

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  52. A thought on protecting those recipe cards from splatters – cover with either clear contact paper or packing tape.

  53. I LOVE recipes – there is not a day that goes by that I am not cutting a recipe out of a magazine or printing one off the internet! I have a lot on recipe cards and sometimes glue cut out recipes onto cards…but there are times I find it easier to have a recipe on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper…
    Some of my favorites are the handwritten recipes from my mom and grandmothers. I guess I will always have a recipe box, binder and a stack of recipes in my cookbook stand.

  54. i typed up all of my recipes in power point. it makes it easy to move pages around in the electronic version. and by printing one-sided, it makes them easy to move around and keep organized in a binder. when a friend needs a recipe, i can print it out or email it. this book is for my tried-and-true, standard, swearby recipes. for new recipes, i keep an electronic version in Word and save it as the title of the recipe–1 recipe per word doc. i keep the recipe electronically until i’ve fixed it 2 or 3 times. then it gets its own slide in the power point, printed out, and added to the permanent collection.

    i used to save stacks of recipes or magazines but never looked at them again or even knew what was in there. by keeping e-versions of the new ones, i can do a quick look through the folder when i’m in the mood to try something new. i’ve also gotten a lot pickier about the recipes i even save on my computer. with so many cooking websites, i can always find a new 5-star recipe. there isn’t a need to save copies of so many things anymore.

  55. I use a binder. I print a lot out from the computer and store the “keepers” in the binder. I also have a cheat sheet where I’ve printed all of our most used recipes on on piece of paper. That stays on the fridge for easy reference.

  56. We use a collection of 3-ring binders, one dedicated to Main Dishes, one to Side Dishes, Crock Pot Recipes, Baking & Desserts, etc. Inside each binder we use not only whole sheet protectors but also pocket pages made for 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 photos to accommodate recipe cards.

    We’ve amassed recipes from cookbooks, cooking magazines, and recipe cards from my mom, grandma, friends and the internet. We store in the binders only those recipes we have tried and would like to make again. This method has helped us relocate those recipes that are our favorites without flipping through umpteen magazines or loose pages.

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  57. I must say – I almost LIKE when the recipes get food splattered on them… It makes them look used – and I know that the recipes with NOTHING on them must not be so good because I never use them :)

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  58. I love looking at organizing blogs to see what people are thinking and doing. I saw this post and thought I’d comment about my own personal website. We sell custom recipe cards and put your recipe on the cards and laminate them. They last forever that way and you can choose whatever cute design matches your personality or kitchen the best. Thanks for the WONDERFUL blog! My favorite post so far was the first one I read reminding me to get by butt to bed early. Thank you!

  59. I use the binder w/page protectors, however recently bought really cute recipe cards from Michaels craft store in the dollar area !

    I used to use a Rolodex (remember those – they still sell them) and write on each card (the larger one’s) and make my own tabs to separate soups, cakes, etc.

  60. I type my recipes in Microsoft Word and print them on 4×6 index cards (unruled). I have a lucite recipe box that holds a card in the front to view while preparing food. If you splatter, it gets on the box not the card and the box wipes clean easily. I love having my recipes on the computer because it makes sharing with friends and family very easy…I either print them out or simply email them. This system works beautifully for me!

  61. I put my recipes in a small, cheap photo album. Most are hand written on recipe cards, but some are printed out and folded to fit inside.

  62. Wow, some great ideas there!
    If I’m being honest thought I think I will probably stick to making it up as I go along!

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  63. Nicole Bailey says:

    I’ve been using recipe cards since I started cooking, and keep them in a handy little tupperware box with a snap lid. I LOVE using my recipe cards – I used pencil at first, until I’ve tried & “perfected” the recipe, then will re-write in pen and laminate to preserve them, and help with cleaning up. :)

  64. Having several kids with multiple food allergies affected how I categorized my recipes. Instead of Main Dishes, Sides, Desserts, etc. categories became meats, veggies, grains, etc. since with severe food allergies one has to think outside the box as to what to have for breakfast or dessert, etc. The usual lines become blurred.
    This ended up working well over the years as I began focusing on better nutrition goals–I could focus on adding recipes that looked yummy for vegetables (cold or hot). Or I could add a category called ‘Fermented’, “Raw”, or methods that I wanted to explore more–”Dutch Oven”, “Claypot”, “Grilling”, etc. Now that we have gotten more serious about gardening I’d like to also be able to sort by what’s in season. Electronically has been the easiest way to do this then print out in desired format.

    Have recently discovered your blog and am enjoying going through it, enjoying your refreshing thoughts and writing style.

  65. I’ve checked out Evernote – question: When I have a 2 page recipe, how do I merge / paste it into one note?
    I used the web clipper for a recipe, but I had to clip it in several pieces in order to get the whole recipe without any of the ads. However, I want to put all those pieces into one note and I can’t figure out how to do that…

    • In Evernote you can copy and paste from the Edit menu to combine content from different notes into one.

      You can also edit your notes, so if you happen to include an ad, you can delete it in your note.

  66. Thanks so much, Rachel!
    I really find your posts inspiring! Happy New Year!