The article was originally posted on MilTribe here.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may be planning to spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. Are you the type of cook to always be looking for new and interesting recipes or do you stick to your tried and trues. Either way, it’s important to know how and where to find your recipes!
I LOVE to spend time scouring Pinterest for different recipes to try! I’ve also had a few great recipes passed along to me. The printed Pinterest finds and the recipe cards I inherited began to overtake my kitchen drawer; I needed a way to keep them organized.
By the way, have I mentioned that I am a lover of paper-crafting and all things scrapbooking?? You can check out my re-done craft room here.
I wanted to CREATE a system that really made sense for me in turn made me want to keep my recipes neat and organized.
After researching different ideas on Pinterest, I chose a simple and extremely functional option, a recipe binder. It has been an awesome addition to our kitchen and has made meal planning/grocery list prepping, a snap!
Here’s what you need:
- 8 1/2 Inch by 11 Inch 3-Ring Binder
- Card Stock Paper, 8.5 by 11-Inch, White
- Avery Clear Binder Pockets
- A printer
- Heavyweight Sheet Protectors
- Removable Adhesive Applicator
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The great thing about a binder, is that you can totally customize it to your personality!
Step 1: Sort through existing printed recipes. Toss out any recipes you tried and didn’t like! They don’t need to take up space in your binder.
Step 2: Determine how you want to categorize your recipes, do you prefer them by type of cuisine (Mexican, Asian, or Italian) or maybe by food type (soup, salad, entrée)? Whatever makes sense for you is how you should set your binder up!
Step 3: Print section labels. You can easily find pre-typed labels with a quick search on Pinterest. Or if you want to make your own, you can print blank recipe book tabs, like these.
Step 4: Choose section divider style. You can print pre-designed dividers onto your white cardstock, hole punch, and put them in your binder. I like adding my own personal spin to things, so I chose scrapbook paper sheets that I associated with each category (i.e. the poultry section has a divider with chickens on it).
Step 5: Sort your paper recipes according to the categories you chose and insert each into a page protector. This will help ensure the longevity of the recipe sheet, as you take it in and out of the binder, and also protects it from spills.
Step 6: File recipes behind each section divider you created and insert into the binder.
Step 7: Insert one binder pocket behind each section divider. This will hold any recipes that you’ve printed or collected but haven’t tried yet!
Remember when I said, you could customize it to fit your personality? I did that by adding a few “extras”. I created cute personalized label stickers where my hubby and I can each rate the meal. And a second label for additional notes. Such as if I had to use a different ingredient than what’s listed, or adjusted the cooking time by a few degrees/minutes.
This project got me really excited to get my recipes organized! I hope it does for you too!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you did to personalize your recipe collection!