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How Do You Manage Your Recipes? Here’s How I Stay Organized

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The word “organized” doesn’t come to the mind while looking at this picture – I get that. But trust me! This is the perfect way to keep all your recipes in one place.

I am a magazine subscriber – not by choice but because I had to use miles from a few airlines before they expired. So I think I get about 20 magazines a month. 90% of them will not be renewed once my subscriptions expire. I plan on keeping In Style (because I luv In Style) and my cooking ones.

Once a month I sit down and rip out all the recipes I plan on making. Then when the kids are calm and the work is done, I sit down to cut and tape them into my big notebook. I’m up to my second one as I started this hobby when I first got married – 8 years ago.

It makes keeping recipes SO EASY. You don’t have to store all the magazines and you can sort everything by TYPE. So the desserts start from the back and everything else starts from the front. If you wanted to, you could put together 2 books and split them out that way. Whatever works.

What do you do to keep recipes?

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  1. I have just started keeping recipes I find in magazines and cutting them out of the magazine, getting those plastic paper protectors and putting them in there, and then putting them in a 3 ring binder. That way I can organize by the type of food they are and whatnot.

  2. my recipes is a huge pile of A4 paper(majority) in one of the kitchen drawers. Yes it's embarrassing, one of those days i'll get to “organizing” them 🙂

  3. I keep the ones I haven't tried in a folder. Once I use them and like them they go in another folder. Then if they become something I make more than once I add them to my Taste Book. It's from Better Homes and Garden. It's a 3 ring professional looking cookbook. You start with a certain amount of pages and the cover and later you can order a page at a time as you add more recipes. They have tons of recipes that are in magazines and online in a data base so you don't have to type most of them out. The initial time is kind of time consuming, but it's really nice to not look through magazine clippings and different cookbooks for things I make often.

  4. I organize my recipes from magazines by type (dinner, lunch, breakfast, dessert) and then I stuff the entire pile of pages into my Baked cookbook. Oddly, this chaos works for me.

  5. My collection of recipes are mostly in cookbooks. Most of those books have been in the family for a long time. If there happens to be a good recipe in a magazine, I rip it out and tape it to the inside of a kitchen cupboard. I also have this old notebook filled with handwritten recipes from my grandmother. That one's probably from the 1940s. A lot of women wrote down recipes during WW2 in Indonesia while they were imprisoned by the Japanese. There wasn't a lot of food back then, so the women wrote about food instead.

  6. My system is a mess right now. I also tear out the pages I want to keep from magazines and then throw the mag in the recycling bin. All the torn out pages go into a file folder. When I feel like it, I cut them out neatly and put them in a recipe card file box.

  7. Oh and despite all my variety of recipes, I seem to keep making the same old recipes over and over again 🙂

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