Thursday, May 6, 2010

Keeping Your Recipes Organized

I love finding new recipes.  I usually don't follow them very well, but I do love them.  I'm a fan of making a recipe my own, but I get a lot of ideas from magazines, food blogs and frequent emails from various online subscriptions.

The question is, what in the heck do you do with all of those ideas and recipes?!  Anyone out there have a stack of magazines "just in case" you want to try that recipe on page 32?  Or how about having SO many online recipes bookmarked in your favorites that you it takes you an hour just to scroll through them?

I am a lover of all things organized and I just hate finding a recipe a year after I saved it!  So here is a system that I came up with to keep my recipes organized, easy to find, and on hand!

I have a photo album type binder that I use to keep my favorite, most frequently used recipes in.  I use the "sticky" album pages for recipes that I cut out of magazines and I use page protectors that are hole punched for full sheet articles and pages that I've printed.

You can use any ol' binder or photo album (mine just happens to be a cooking one given to me by my Aunt years ago (thanks, Aunt Jodi!).  Stick some divider tabs in there and label them so it works best for you and Voila!  You have an easy and organized way to keep only the recipes you love and toss the stacks of magazines!

I also have a folder similar to this filled with decorating ideas. You can use this binder system with any kind of articles you want to keep without needing to keep entire magazines or losing them in your emails and bookmarks!

If you like having your recipes stored on your computer (I do save some on there as well) be sure to organize them to make them easier to find.  It only takes a second to make folders in your bookmarked favorites and then save new recipes you find from here or other blogs into those folders. Here is a screen shot of what mine looks like:

Another type of recipe binder I like is this one where you can write down your recipes onto recipe cards and insert into the book.

What are your favorite ways to keep your recipes organized?

Aren't those recipe cards hilarious! I found them on Etsy and just had to share! Check them out HERE!


  1. This is such a great idea! I have a box full of 3x5 notecards with recipes on them that is a complete mess!! Don't even get me started on the cardboard box of recipe cut outs- it's a disaster!

    You've inspired me to clean up my recipes! Great idea. Thanks!

  2. Love the photo album idea. I usually just copy the recipe into a recipe book (like you showed) but then you can't keep the pictures and I like them too! Might just have to start an album.

  3. Love those recipe cards! I am going over to etsy right now! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I only have one boy but I totally get where you are coming from!

  4. YOU. are AWESOME! I SO wish I could hire you to come to my house, and do all this WITH me....of course, that would mean we'd get to spend some quality time together!


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