I had a friend over the other day. We got to talking about keeping track of recipes we want to try that aren't on Pinterest. You know, recipes from magazines, etc... And how to keep the ones we print out. I was showing her what I do and she asked, "Why haven't I read this on your blog yet?" So here it is. :)
Let's start with recipes I want to try. Pinterest has been great for handling recipes I come across online, but I still have recipes given to me by relatives (who must think I do nothing but cook) and I find them in magazines, tear pads in stores, etc...
Here's where they go:
This is a file drawer I have tucked into an awkward closet. I have these expandable files I got in the dollar spot at Target. Inside these are my recipes to try (I know, I could try a new recipe every day for the rest of my life and not go through these...I have issues).
I have the files labeled by main ingredient.
Why main ingredient, you ask? Because I plan meals around sales. When I see something on sale, I'm thinking, "What can I do with that?" and having these filed by ingredient makes it easier to find something new to try.
Here's a peek at the inside:
So what do I do when I have tried a recipe and want to keep it?
Here's a peek at my cookbook cupboard. I have to give a disclaimer about this. I have an addiction to cookbooks. It's crazy. I've been decluttering and simplifying life more and more and, as a result, I went crazy on my cookbook cupboard. I now have all my cookbooks in this one cupboard. That's it. (We'll pretend I don't have an iPad with Kindle cookbooks:)).
The box on the right holds my family recipes. These are things like my aunt's chocolate pie, my favorite Christmas cookies growing up, etc...They're sacred and get a sacred spot.
To the left of that you may notice two plastic binders. There's a purple and red. These are those cheap binders you get on sale for about fifty cents at drug stores right before school starts. I don't like them for school, etc... but love them for recipes because they are so easy to clean.
In these two binders I have full page recipes that need a permanent home. I slide those right into page protectors and use dividers to separate recipes by course, just like a personal cookbook.
These are recipes that take a full page from a magazine:
Or I print from online:
I tend to print in full page mode so I don't have to wear my glasses to see tiny print while cooking.
These page protectors are also awesome for recipes because, like the plastic binder, they wipe clean easily. I'm a messy cook.
There's one more spot I didn't show in the first picture. Right under that cookbook shelf, tucked into a cereal box I made into a file holder, I stash recipes I've tried and want to file until I get around to doing it. Sometimes I put something in its new home right away, sometimes not.
There's one more book in there that's not a regular cookbook. You might have noticed the fat black one.
This baby was what started my whole personal cookbook collection. This was an idea I adapted from my sister-in-law, Sherry. I was over at her house one day when I was young and newly married. I noticed she had clipped out recipes from magazines and packaging and put them in one of these scrapbooks. She's such a smart woman. ;)
It's one of those old time scrapbooks with the sticky back pages so you can stick your photos inside. I stapled in tabs to create dividers (scrap pieces of paper that I wrote on) and this is where all my smaller clipped recipes land.
As for Pinterest, I just have two boards. I have one board with recipes to try, and one with recipes I've already tried. I've seen a lot of people put the ones they "tried and liked" on a separate board; but, I found if I only kept the recipes I liked I ended up accidentally making others again. ;) So I make a note, whether I liked it or not, and move it over to the new board to refer back to later.
There you have it. Recipes to try, recipes I've already tried, and what I do with them all.
What about you? Got any secret weapons for mission recipe organization? I'd love to hear them in the comments!