I’m frequently searching for new recipes — collecting them from magazines and the internet with every intention of trying them. Without a system for recipe organization, however, they would become buried in a pile of papers and forgotten.
But there’s an easy way to turn a pile of recipes into an organized collection you can actually use.
The system I have been using is simply a three-ring binder and plastic sheet protectors. I suggest using this system for three reasons.
1. A binder is a container.
Containers provide homes for a group of similar items. Recipes contained in a three-ring binder are easy to find when you want to prepare your favorite dish or try something new.
2. A binder is simple.
It’s not necessary to rewrite your recipes onto an index card. In fact, you won’t need to three-hole punch the recipes and risk punching out important instructions, let alone locate your three-hole punch! Simply use clear plastic sheet protectors. Slip one or two recipes (back-to-back) into each sheet protector and place the sheets in the binder. Recipes will be safe from cooking spills and drips.
3. A binder is organized.
Categorize your recipes, within the binder, using tabs to separate the categories. Label the binder spine with its contents. Regularly weed out recipes you no longer want and keep several empty sheet protectors in your binder to accommodate new recipes.
Inspired to start organizing your recipe collection?
Check your home for empty three-ring binders, divider tabs and sheet protectors.
Maybe you have everything you need.