Fun fact. My hubby is the cook in our family! He enjoys cooking and trying new things in the kitchen… I don’t. Haha But! I do like to pick out new recipes and taste test the things he makes!
And because of that, we’ve got recipes in all different formats. Some in books, some from Pinterest, and even occasionally some that look really good in a magazine! It can get a little chaotic trying to keep track of all of the different pieces of paper or “pinned” recipes so I wanted to CREATE a system that really made sense for us and 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
- Heavyweight Sheet Protectors
- A printer
- Avery Address Labels (5160)
- Avery Labels (18163)
- Removable Adhesive Applicator
- Plastic Recipe Card Protectors
- Blank Recipe Cards
The great thing about a binder, is that you can totally customize it to your personality!
Step 1: Sort through your recipe stash.
Toss out any recipes you tried and didn’t like (or ones you know you’ll never make)! They don’t need to take up space in your binder. If some are damaged/staind but you love them, you may want to transfer the recipe over to a new card or print a new copy. I just recently found these beautiful blank recipe cards from Jot & Mark!
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: Choose your section divider style.
You can print pre-designed dividers onto your white cardstock, slide them into a page protector, and put them in your binder. I like these that Abby Lawson created on her blog. She always has such cute printables! I decided to add 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 4: Print section tabs.
Step 5: Insert your recipes into page protectors & file behind each category.
I really like the heavy duty page protectors! I feel like they hold up well to the wear and tear of taking them in and out of the binder, and also are easy to clean in case a spill happens while cooking!
Step 6: Insert one binder pocket behind each section divider.
I added one of these slash pockets at the front of each section so I would have a place to hold any recipes that I’ve printed or collected but haven’t tried yet!
Step 7: Add finishing touches!
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!
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