Friday, March 27, 2015

Recipe Organization

When cooking, I prefer to use recipes that are written down or onto something, rather than from a computer tablet or phone. I like to be able to see a recipe simply and clearly and it's important that I can access it very quickly. I still like to use the internet as a source for finding great recipes, but if it becomes a regular favorite I will write it down eventually. 

I tend to have a lot of recipes stored in different places. Some are in my little family recipe box, shown below, some are from magazines stashed in folders, and some are saved to my pinterest board for recipes.

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe box with family recipes inside as a wedding gift :)

I will say I find it easiest when I see a recipe online to save it to my Pinterest board first so that I don't forget about it and at least I have it saved.

recipes from magazines to try out by season
As for the recipes in magazines, about every six months or so I will go through the magazines we have and tear out all the recipes I've dog-eared, then I arrange them by season (according the the ingredients that happen to be fresh) into folders that I then gradually will use to try out each one. I keep all the file folders in a big expandable folder.

I also use a lot of recipes from cookbooks. It's tough to remember to try new recipes from my cookbooks, because we tend to get into a habit of making certain dishes and forget about Below is a picture of our cookbook collection.

an open shelf in our kitchen holds all our cookbooks in one place

Some of my favorite cookbooks I'm using right now...

Only the best recipes in the folders that I continually come back to again and again make it into the wooden recipe box. My recipe box mostly holds family recipes, but every now and then I add some new favorites that we tend to make often. I do this by reprinting the recipe on an index card and then placing it in the box according to the type of dish. I just hope I don't run out of room!

I'm thinking about finding another little antique box for favorite recipes that are real-food based organized by season and leaving the smaller one simply for family recipes.  Do you have any tips on how you organize recipes?


  1. Megan...I know exactly what you mean...there's the family recipe box. the pocket folder, the pinterest boards.Recipes I've tried and to try. I don't have a great system either. Maybe someone has figured this out and can help us!

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  3. One of these days I'll get all my recipes in one place. Right now I think I have more on paper in the cabinet than in the recipe box.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  4. I just really love that little corner with the bookshelf, wine rack, and table. Cute!