Today I’m working on organizing my recipes. I’ve been going over my system to decide if changes are needed or not. I’m paying attention to the following:
a) can I find the recipes I need and b) can I find them in less than 2 minutes
And the answer to that, despite my lack of filing, is yes. So I’m feeling pretty confident in my system, I just need to commit to filing the printed recipes on a more regular basis.
It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought. I counted 129 pages that needed to be filed into my binders.
I need to weed through these though and really narrow it down to the ones I think I will honestly make again because only the favorites get put into my binders. Once I’ve done that I can three hole punch them and file them in.
I currently have three binders:
1) Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free Recipes
2) Main Dishes (beef/chicken/pork/etc)/Salads/Dips/Soups/Appetizers/Drinks
In an effort to pretty up my binders and inspire my filing efforts I have purchased two new 2″ white binders and will consolidate three binders into two. Most of the allergy friendly recipes in the big brown binder I no longer refer to. As I’ve gotten more experienced with dealing with food allergies I am now, in most cases, able to just adjust whatever recipe I am using for the rest of the family. Many of these recipes were printed at the start of my food allergy journey but require too many strange ingredients that I can’t even get in my small town.
I have a cookbook shelf in my office. It’s the middle one.
(the blue blobs are just me covering up my kid’s names)
My cookbooks are on the left and my beloved cookbook magazines are divided in the seven magazine holders. They are organized by type (Light & Tasty, Taste of Home and Healthy Cooking) and then in chronological order by year and month. As you can see my shelf is full so I’ve actually been exhibiting great restraint in not purchasing anymore. Not an easy feat though let me tell you. Believe me I totally get the cookbook obsession so many of you talked about, only my addiction is with the magazines :)
I use a recipe journal as my index to keep track off all my favorite recipes that come from these magazines. Nothing fancy, I simply write into it the recipe name, the magazine it came from along with the month and year. This works amazingly well for me.
Finally since I’m talking about my recipe systems, I can’t forget to mention that I also have a system for categorizing the recipes that I find on the internet. I created a recipes folder in my favorites and then created sub directories using similar categories as I use in my binders. They are:
Desserts (sub: Cookies)
Using these categories makes menu planning very easy for me as recipes are filed the way I menu plan. When I menu plan I first designate a type of meat to a certain day and then choose my recipes based on that. So if I know I’m having pork on Wednesday I can quickly go to the pork sections in either my binder, my favorites or my online index in order to select a recipe to try.
Here are the links to my previous recipe posts for further ideas.
And remember there are many ways to organize and categorize recipes and no one method is right or wrong as long as it works for you. Also I highly recommend keeping your eye on the comments of the various recipe posts I’ve done as many ladies are sharing the methods that work for them. Please feel free to share here as well.
I’m off to do some hole punching now :)