Thanks to Menu Plan Monday I’ve found myself printing off quite a few recipes to try out in the very near future. Most of the time I’ll just save the recipes to my recipe folder on my computer but the recipes I’m pretty sure I’ll want to try soon I print out to have on hand when I go to make my menu up for the week. So I needed some place to put these recipe pages until I was ready for them. I really really hate paper out anywhere so I needed to come up with a system that would allow me to quickly file them, keep them accessible and at the same time contained and not cluttered.
Remember no boundaries = no limits!
This is what I came up with. I simply use a clear two sided type plastic folder that has two half pockets inside. Once I print the recipe out I now have somewhere to quickly place these recipes until I need them (I keep it alongside all my recipe magazines)…..this I can do because it doesn’t require any hole punching or anything and the pages just slip right in. Once I’ve tried the recipe and like it (if I don’t like it the page gets tossed, no use keeping recipes that are no good), I will make a notation on the bottom of the recipe that says when I made it and what changes I would make the next time and then it gets filed back into the folder until I find time to file them as keepers.
My self imposed limit here is that once my folder gets full I simply can’t start another folder…. how I see it is I have two choices. I either MUST get rid of some recipes that I’ve been holding on to and have never tried (if I haven’t made it in the last 6 months chances are pretty good I never will) and/or file the tried and true ones into one of two three ring binders that I keep for this purpose. One is divided for main dishes, salads, dips, soup, appetizers and drinks and the other is for pies, cakes, muffins and cookies. At the end of the day all I’m left with are two binders that contain only our family favorite recipes. Again this is another limit I have set for myself because I only have the space for two binders…once these two binders are full, I either need to toss some or stop trying new recipes!
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