Monday, November 19, 2012

Organizing Recipes

While I love, love, love, love, love Pinterest, and I've been known to love, love, love, love, love a few hard copy magazines, what I don't love is organizing all the amazing ideas each produces. Where can I keep all these amazing ideas so they'll be handy for me to draw inspiration from on some rainy day?

Here is how I have, over some time, come to organize my recipes so they are conveniently available to me when I need them.

The process starts here, where I sort recipes by category. In case anyone is wondering, I use these as my categories: appetizers, drinks, snacks, desserts, lunches/dinners (further broken up into vegetarian, fish, chicken, pork and beef), breads, breakfasts, soups, salads and misc... in no particular order.
As you can see, I keep my phone handy, as well as a cup of tea, my shopping and meal planning lists for immediate inspiration, and tissues because I currently have a cold. :)

I also take this time of sorting to rid myself of old and duplicated recipes. My recipe philosophy is simple: if I've made it twice and we don't LOVE it, then I toss it. There are just too many amazing ways to prepare food in the world to waste my time on things we don't really love.

Next, I put recipes into my recipe binder. Since I tend to cut recipes from magazines and print out from the internet (on full pieces of paper), I use a 3-ring binder to organize. As I have time, I put each into a sheet protector so that when I decide that I'll be using that recipe this week, I can quickly clip it into my home control journal for easy access throughout the week. I even put smaller recipe cards into sheet protectors so they are all a uniform size to organize. As I find recipes on the go, I tuck them into the pocket folders at the beginning of each section until I do my meal planning (once per week) and can put them all into the sheet protectors.

 Here are my recipes for the week, being tucked into the "meal planning" tab in my home control journal.
Want to see a few of my final weekly meal plans? Check out my "Menus" tab here.

What about you? How do you organize your recipes?

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