Check out these delicious recipe organization tips and recipe book binder suggestions!
Organizing recipes is beneficial to both your cooking and your belly... :)
Recipe organization ensures that you will find what you're looking for when you're looking for it. This means that you can locate healthy recipes, buy the ingredients at the grocery store and cook them. So not only are you encouraged to eat healthy, you are also motivated to learn how to cook wholesome meals!
Organized and healthy? What a great deal!
Below you will find the recipe organizing process as well as some great organizer product suggestions. Happy organizing!
Utilize the general organizing procedure
of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing recipes.
• Start by going through each recipe one by one. Get rid of the recipes you can no longer read, the ones you have made so many times you know them by heart and/or those you know you will never make.
• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile - Keep & Trash/Recycle.
• Categorize the recipes, so that you will be able to find what you need when you need it (i.e. by food group; alphabetically; appetizers, entrees, desserts; breakfast, lunch, dinner and so on). For example, would you look for a chicken marsala recipe under "chicken" or "entrees"?
This is my recipe book binder! I use sheet protectors in a binder that stands up on its own with a built-in easel. See below for the link to this product.
• To create your own recipe binder, get any three-ring binder, clear sheet protectors and divider tabs. Label the divider tabs according to the categories you created during the sorting process, and put the recipes in the sheet protectors. Then put it all together in the binder, and store it in or near the kitchen for easy access.
**Note: The sheet protectors allow you to effortlessly pull out individual recipes as well as keep them clean when on the kitchen counter or near the sink. (If something does happen to spill, then it's as simple as wiping it off!)**
• You can also purchase a ready-made recipe book binder like these!
• If you have tons and tons of recipes you simply cannot part
with, then use multiple binders. For instance, you could have a
different binder for each category: meats, vegetables & fruits,
carbohydrates, dairy, and sweets. Within each binder your recipes could
be organized alphabetically. Multiple binders can also be used to keep
holiday recipes separate from everyday cooking, to distinguish kosher
and nonkosher meals and so on.
• Go through your recipe book binder (or binders) once a year to weed out all old, unreadable items.
• Be sure to put recipes back in their proper place after use. You want to be able to find them for next time!
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Organizing Tips for Specific Items
Baseball Caps, Hats, Etc.
Boots & Shoes
Coupons & Gift Cards
Greeting Cards - Storage
Greeting Cards - Displaying
Hats & Gloves
Mail (Junk Mail Removal)
Makeup Drawers (mine!)
Nail Polish Organizer (mine!)
Photos & Memorabilia
Photos: Hang A Gallery Wall
Shoes & Boots
Vitamins & Supplements