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Monday, August 30, 2010

How to Keep Your Recipes in Order | Family Economics

By Marie

There are many ways to store your prized recipes. Here are a few suggestions for how to keep your recipes in order.

Recipe box: For a recipe box, you will want to get a nice sturdy box that has a hinged lid to keep all your recipes safe inside. They usually come in 3” x 5” or 5” x 7” sizes with index cards to match. You can either type and print up your recipes or write them out on the cards. The cards can be bought pre-cut or if you print them out, they can be printed on cardstock and cut to the right size. Many websites now have the option of printing out recipes with just one click. This makes it really easy to print from your own computer, making them the size you need for your recipe container.

Computer Recipe File: If you have access to a computer that is in or near your kitchen, it might be a nice idea to keep all of your recipes on your computer. That way, they are all in one spot, ready to use, and not easily lost. You will need to type up each recipe, even the ones that are old family favorites. Just make sure to keep your computer a safe distance away from any food that might bubble, spit, or splat!

Recipe Binder: A binder with clear pocket protectors is a great option. It is essentially your own cookbook. If you do not want to take the time to type up your recipes and have many that are written out on longer pieces of paper or even misshaped paper, then this is a perfect option. Make sure to have enough clear pocket protector pages already in your “recipe binder” and when you have a recipe that needs to be added, it can be placed inside. You can also add a few of the clear plastic pages that come divided into two, three, or even six sections. This way, if you have 3” x 5” or 5” x 7” recipes already written or typed out on cards, they will fit nicely into your binder. 

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On Thursday, September 23, 2010, cordelia wrote

I've used a portable accordian file box for many years to keep my recipes safe and in place. With so many pockets, I was able to categorize as specific or general as I needed. ie: breakfast foods, party ideas, main dish chicken, main dish beef, etc. So quick and easy to find the recipe I'm looking for. Also, light weight and portable.

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