Thursday, June 16, 2011

Recipe Organization Tips

So here's the deal. I love to cook. I love cooking blogs. I love recipe websites. I love food magazines. However,  I'm running into the problem of always trying out new recipes, that I find myself easily forgetting about yummy ones I cooked in the past.

How do you "foodies" organize your recipes? Binders? Online database of some sort? Excel sheets? I would love a run down of how to best keep track of the recipes we like!

Thanks and happy eating!


  1. I receive Cooking Light magazine each month and do a lot of online surfing and I ran into the same problem. I keep a 3 ring binder with page protectors and sorted food types - entrees, salads, breakfast, breads, cookies, cakes, soups, etc. Then, when I see something I want to make I either print it out or cut it out of the magazine. These untried recipes make their way to a manila folder and I go through that when I plan my meals for the week. If we love it, it makes it into the binder. If not, I recycle it.

    I hope that helps!

    Good luck!


  2. Hi Kelli!

    I do exactly what Teresa does! Keeps things easy to organize (I think I'm going to start her idea of keeping them and if we like them they end up in the binder), and I have a "book chair" to prop the binder on so it's incredibly easy to wipe it clean and to see it!

    See you tomorrow!


  3. I have a binder that I divided into sections using dividers, and then I filled it with page protectors. When I find a recipe I want to try I print it out or tear it out of the magazine and put it in the binder. If I try it and don't like it enough to make it again I take it out and toss it. =)

  4. I have a binder with page protectors but never seems to keep up with it. Now I use ...its a bookmarking website, but you can have tags on your bookmarks. So for lasagna I have it tagged as "dinner pasta italian gdbeef" and for apple pie it may say "dessert pie fruit" and so on. So if we have chicken in the fridge I can just go to my bookmarks and click on chicken, and then only my chicken recipes come up. Its pretty handy!

  5. Sounds like a lot of us use the binder and page protectors!! I print off recipes I want to try and stick them in the front binder pocket. If it doesn't make a "favorite" list for our family, I throw it out. If it makes the cut, it goes in the coordinating page protector/section. Works for me!!

  6. Hey Kell! I do the binder/page protector method as well. But...I also have a cute little recipe box. It has all of my family recipes that I got from my Mom, Granny, etc. All of the random ones from magazines and the internet go into my binder and the special ones are in the box. I know where each recipe is. Also, I have a million cookbooks that I thumb through from time to time. Have fun and happy cooking!