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A Few Tips for Organizing Recipes!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 04:39
By now most of you know that I love to organize stuff! Can't help myself - it is in my genes!!! All my mother's fault! Her nick name is "effie" if that give you a clue.
If I hadn't figured out my little system for finding my favorite recipes, I can't imagine the hours and hours I would be wasting in "search mode"!!
It has worked so beautifully for me all these years and is so simple, (and can easily be modified for the computer), that I thought I would share.
The best of all possible worlds is that you are a young woman just starting out collecting recipes. It will take you about half an hour to set up!
But most of you reading probably have accumulated a large collection already, so fair warning, it might take you a bit of time to set this system up. It took me about a week of afternoons to do it twenty years ago, but every time I use it to find a recipe, I thank myself for investing the time.
Basically all you need is some kind of lined notebook. (I found a bunch of "To Do" lists designed for a Day Runner at a garage sale and used those). Or set up something similar on your computer. I refer to this "notebook" as my "recipe locator"! Brilliantly clever don't you think?
Write down the name of the recipe and to the right it's location. If you study my list a little you can see that I refer to a recipe book and page number, or "file" (in my case file means my recipe file box), or "web file" (my lovely binder of recipes I have tried and loved that were shared by my on-line family!)
Sometimes to the left, I will note an especially yummy recipe!
I use one sheet for each category ie: Cookies, Pasta, Cake, Breakfast Breads, and place them in the "recipe locator" in alphabetical order. Actually, my categories match the categories in my recipe box which makes things even easier!
And that is all there is to it! Easy!
Each time you find a delicious new recipe you want to include, simply list it on the appropriate page in the "recipe locator", make a note as to it's location and you are done! This takes less than a minute but will save hours of searching later.
If you have a lot of cook books, this little post-it product is a huge help in quickly locating a recipe. I just only recently thought of this and have found it to be a huge time saver.
And this is how I use them! You can see just how useful they are!
Tip: Use a thin or fine line Sharpie to write on the plastic tabs.
Ok - that's how I do things! I am sure many of you have some really great tips. Won't you please share them in comments. Or write a post about how you organize your own recipes and share the link here!